With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All


I was in Paris with my wife, daughter and son in law the morning of the election. These words came to me by inspiration. Even a short thought like this takes me an hour or two and a few rewrites. I wrote this is four minutes.


Democracy is not how we vote it’s about the right to vote. Yesterday was not the test of our democracy today is. Now we move forward victor and vanquished together, or we fail together divided and filled with malice towards our fellow citizens. Either way we walk together.

Our republic is more than one election it is more than one person. The questions I have today are not how or why–my questions today are: what can I do to help build the nation my grandchildren will inherit? What can I do to better understand my fellow traveler?

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” AL 1865

I still am trying to identify what to do next. What I know for sure is I am not willing to quit trying.