My dear fellow Americans: we need to fight--show up and stand up--for the constitution now. We need to come together and not let those who would divide us for their own ends succeed in doing that. We need to protect and defend our constitution and each other. And I will just add that I am so profoundly heartened to see so many people doing just that. From the Women's March last week, which I participated in and which gave me great inspiration, renewed faith in my fellow Americans, and hope, to the many, many people who showed up in the freezing cold to JFK airport last night, and to many other airports both last night and today (and to the White House), chanting "Let them in! Let them in!", we are showing up to stand up for our democracy.
Not that many years ago at all, in terms of human history, some of my own Jewish people came here on boats, fleeing for their lives from Nazi Germany. Surely America would take them in. But no, America turned them away. They were sent back to their deaths in concentration camps. I'm lucky because my mom's side of the family, also German Jews, had come here before WWII. We were already here. Already safe. But I see my family's faces in the faces of those German Jews, captured in photographs, who weren't so lucky. And I can never let it happen again. I can't be like "the Good Germans" who turned away and said they "didn't know". Maybe some of them didn't know.
But in America today, we have no excuse, no way to say "We didn't know". We have a free press and we have news coming in from all over the world. We have the internet--they didn't have that in WWII. They didn't have Facebook. They didn't have the face of a 5-year-old boy, who had been bombed, sitting shell-shocked and wounded in an ambulance in Aleppo staring back at them. But we do. We know. We know what is going on in Syria. Are we going to let our President just slam the door on refugees from there, who are fleeing for their very lives? Are we going to turn away? Or are we going to show ourselves and the world what America really stands for, emphasis on "stands for"? Let's rise up and demand that our President let them in!