Never Forget: Good on SNL For Their Segment on Veterans

We need to learn how to talk to one another

If he was running for Congress, I likely would not have voted for him. Yet, I really appreciated his willingness to come on SNL, poke fun at Pete Davidson, and say words of great wisdom:

But seriously, there’s a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other. This is Veterans Day weekend, which means that it’s a good time for every American to connect with a veteran.

I had to work this weekend, and I was blessed to be able to do just that: connect with a veteran, including one of our own patients, and thank them for their service to our country.

Lt. Commander Crenshaw suggested to Americans to say “Never Forget” to a veteran, which is:

implying that as an American, you are in it with them, not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, but connected together as grateful, fellow Americans.

These words, however, touched me the most:

And never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete’s father…So I’ll just say, Pete, never forget.

I had no idea that Pete Davidson’s father died on 9/11. My sincerest sympathies and admiration to Mr. Davidson and his father. Yet, what Congressman-Elect and Lt. Commander Crenshaw did made me admire him so much more.

And he’s absolutely right. We need to be able to talk to one another, even if we disagree. That’s why I follow people on Twitter with whom I have serious disagreements. I want to hear the other side of an argument without demonizing the person holding that view.

Of course, those who advocate hatred and violence are 100% wrong, and they need to be resisted with all our force. For the most part, however, Americans are not hateful or violent people. We are a fundamentally good people. And we can disagree without being violently disagreeble.

Whatever our disagreements, we must always remember: we are one American family. The division and discord coming from our President is wrong. It is un-American, and it needs to stop.

And to all veterans on this day and every day: Never Forget. We are with you, and we sincerely thank you for all that you have sacrificed for our country. I may not always agree with those who send you to far off places to fight, but I will always stand with you.