Desk of Brad

Democracy is an Innovation

Hi Everyone, 
Happy Halloween!!! 
Thank you to the social team for setting up the spooky happy hour. It was fun to see everyone in costume and having a good time. I am finding gratefulness in the little things that we can do to keep a semblance of normalcy during this challenging year. 
I am also grateful that each of you will have next Tuesday off to go vote and/or participate in supporting the election process. I thought I’d share one of my favorite sections from the Declaration of Independence. 
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” 
Democracy is an amazing innovation. Instead of a revolution, which comes with partial or total destruction of a society, we cast our votes and every four or eight years, we peacefully transition our government. I know many of you may be worried about this upcoming election, let’s trust the 244 years of institutional strength we’ve built in our country. I am confident that regardless of the outcome, our country will continue to prosper. 
I’ll leave you with an excerpt from Ronald Reagan’s 1980 election-eve national address. “… These visitors to that city on the Potomac do not come as white or black, red or yellow; they are not Jews or Christians; conservatives or liberals; or Democrats or Republicans. They are Americans awed by what has gone before, proud of what for them is still… a shining city on a hill.” 
Let’s go be great!