Historian @UConn @UConnHistory. 2017 book "Self-Evident Truths" @YalePress. @SelfEvidentBook http://yalebooks.com/book/9780300197112/self-evident-truths
…veness, we need to remember that they derive their power from the consent of the governed. And then we must inform ourselves, engage, speak up, and vote in all elections, as growing numbers of Americans discovered in the past year. Vote. Vote. Vote. The only way a democracy works is if we all do our part. It is certainly worth the effort.
To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain “the last best hope of earth” for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
…ly from Syria (with exemptions for those facing “religious persecution” sure to favor non-Muslims). Our nation of immigrants has withstood periodic spasms of xenophobia — including creation of the “Asiatic Barred Zone” a century ago. We must recall these errors to endure this era, too.