America's day of reckoning is almost here.
I mailed in my ballot weeks ago, but will miss voting today with my fellow citizens. For years, I saw election day as a festive civic ritual, no matter which candidate won. But Donald Trump, who openly condones violence, has turned celebration into dread.
The United States has experienced voter intimidation through the years. But the country after the civil rights movement had reached an era of free expression of citizenship through voting. Then the Roberts Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, and the GOP, the party of the Great Emancipator, suppressed minority voting rights.
Some of my friends say they'll leave the country if Trump wins. A Trump victory would be a calamity for the nation and the world, but I know I'll never leave. We've come too far through the years to give up now. No matter what happens, we'll keep striving for a more perfect union.