I have throughout the Trump Era assured my Republican friends and relatives that I love you and am deeply committed to your right to disagree with me. Respectful dialogue across party lines makes us stronger.
I have also throughout the Trump Era emphasized that Trump and the ultra right do not stand for Republican values. Not the values of the Bushes, Reagan, Eisenhower, or actually even Nixon.
Yesterday brought this home in just the way I long feared it would. This morning, all I want to say is this:
I continue to respect true Republicans, even as we differ.
I ask for your respect in return.
I have no respect for violence and hatred.
I will not call an insurrection a protest.
I will always stand up for Democracy.
For all our differences, I respect the Republicans who placed integrity, The Constitution, and the rule of law first by condemning the insurgents and following the rules to certify the election.
Yesterday, I would have posted my penultimate Exiting the Echo Chamber Resolution and today I would have posted the final one with a list of the readings that inspired them. I will get back to them this week-end. They matter.
But for the rest of today, I will just sit with this in prayer and reflection.