I have never been prouder to be a Democrat and an American.

That view is pretty controversial. Many people might not feel the same way, and this post is probably going to receive a fair amount of backlash (I'm ready for it!!). But what I heard these past four days represents a vision for America that is realistic, optimistic, and true to the ideals that our previous Founding Fathers have established. I say "previous" because, just as the Democratic Party expressed, we are all Founding Mothers and Fathers in our own right. Every American who contributes to their community and loves their country is a "Founding American" because America is always being reshaped, always progressing, always adapting to circumstances. Abraham Lincoln was a Founding Father. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were Founding Mothers. Andrew Carnegie, William Jennings Bryan, Teddy Roosevelt, Terence Powderly, Dorothea Dix--they were all Founding Fathers and Mothers. So were Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Lyndon Johnson, Cesar Chavez, and Harvey Milk. So is Bernie Sanders. So is Hillary Clinton. And so are you.

The Democratic Party made that clear these past few days. We all have a part to play in the American story. We all have a part to play in the ongoing revolution. Donald Trump represents a step backward in our collective fight to move our country forward. Inaction represents the same step backward. Hillary and Bernie give me hope that we won't give up that fight. The Democratic Party gives me hope that we won't give up that fight. So please--even if you're feeling the Bern, even if you voted Republican in the last election--get out there and vote. Vote to keep the spirit of our country alive. Vote for Democrats up and down the ticket--they represent progress, they represent the upholding of the principles that countless of your fellow Americans fought for and died for. And vote for Hillary. Hell, close your eyes and hold your breath while doing it. But do it all the same. And if you're like me and you can't vote, join Hillary's campaign, or at the very least a local Democratic politician's campaign. Not because you agree with every single one of her policy points. Not because you think she's friendly or warm. Not because she's a woman. But because you love your country and you don't want to see it crumble at the hands of the very kind of merciless tyrant that all the founding fathers and mothers before us warned would impede our progress. #‎ImADemocrat #‎ImWithHer #‎StrongerTogether #‎AProgressiveWhoGetsThingsDone

#democrat #republican #strongertogether #hillary #trump #election2016 #imwithher #yannikomcitin

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