In the past 12 hours I learned that I live in a city inside of a state inside of a region that shares my values.
My city, my state, my region has nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of. We voted for the America that fights for the rights of women, even if they wear hijab, even if they have been bombed or starved out of their home countries and found safety in ours. Our America sees your humanity and we want to know you.
My city, my state, my region voted for the America that understands the power of words and does not take them lightly under any circumstance, but certainly and especially not when they are associated with assault or ridicule. We accept words are the window to character. We trust that your words will show us what you think, and we don’t make assumptions about how your words might be lies or misrepresent you. We believe you. And because we took you at your word, we chose another person to represent us because your words are not congruent with our words.
My city needs jobs too, but we won’t accept just anyone come in promising us gold while in actuality selling us the same kind of luxury that collapsed around our friends in Atlantic City. And we would never recommend Governor Christie to anyone ever. (We are not proud of him.) My city passed on the promise, and we are proud of our ability to smell bullshit.
And my city is proud of our ability to call bullshit when we smell it. If you cared about keeping jobs in America, you would have done it already. If you were truly a candidate who was going to make America great, you would recognize that “again” is the wrong word to put at the end of that sentence. Because for so many of us, again is now. We were just getting the whiff of greatness, but the scent seems to have faded.
Today, Jersey City, you are my Statue of Liberty. New Jersey, you are my garden state. Northeast Region (not you PA), you are my “most economically developed, densely populated, and culturally diverse” region. And I am proud of my people.
As for the rest of you – I’m not sure we’ve met. Maybe we should start there.
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