One of the lessons we have learned from the pandemic is that we are all essential workers. Whether we stay at home or wear masks in public to keep each other safe, or whether we go to work at the grocery store to stock, check out, or sanitize the cart handles, we are all vitally essential. We are all equally valuable. We are united citizens in a democracy.

In spite of a Civil War, the Great Depression, World Wars, the 2008 recession and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, our democracy has survived and remained strong. Often past crises have united us as never before in caring for and about each other. Our elected leaders developed policies for the common good, and citizens united behind the goal of one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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