This is what I wanted to say:
I have an idea and a reminder about what it is to live and work together as Americans.
First the reminder. When I go outside, I don't put on a shirt that says, "I am a Democrat" or "I am a Republican."
When I've been in a car accident, I don't ask the EMT, fire or police personnel who they voted for. When I find keys in someone's driveway, I pick them up and go to the door to return them. I don't ask who she voted for. When a neighbor helps me by picking me up after surgery, I don't ask who she's voting and/or who she voted for.
I say "thank you." "You're welcome". and "Thank you."
We have allowed politicians on both sides of the aisle to use what we disagree on to separate us. The reality is, here in the real world, we don't live that way. When a friend, a neighbor or a stranger needs help--we help them. We've been there. We've needed help and someone stepped forward and did what all of us do. We help or we try to help.That's the reminder.
My idea is, let's be the neighbors that help people if we haven't been in the past. Let's talk together and not AT each other. This is what America is: it's people who figure out how to help each other and get stuff done that needs to happen.
On the beaches of Normandy and those surrounding beaches on D-Day, many good men died. How did we prevail? Those men who were still alive knew that they had to get off those beaches and make it happen.
Let's make America happen by being good neighbors.
We have been and will be good neighbors to each other. Because.