Reflections from Doug Sieg on the Events at the Capitol | Lord Abbett
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I wanted to connect briefly on the events that took place in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. This was a dark day in our history that I’m sure none of us could have imagined this happening in our country. George Washington is said to have posed this question to a large group “what is most important to the grand experiment, the United States?” He then answered his own question “Not the election of the first president, but the election of its second president. The peaceful transfer of power is what will separate our country from every other country in the world.”

While the images of a mob beating down the doors of the chambers of our democracy will be burned into our memories, I implore you to remember the spirit of this country. We are a strong nation, and above all, we are fiercely dedicated to the ideals of equality and democracy.

I’m reminded today that while these events may be unimaginable to us, they were not to the generation that first exemplified that spirit. Benjamin Franklin noted the fragility of our way of government at its inception, telling a confidante outside the Constitutional Convention that they had established “a republic, if you can keep it.”

Now, for the first time in our lifetimes, it is incumbent upon us to “keep it.” It will require all of us to commit to our shared values every day. But in time our nation will find it within ourselves to reject this ugliness and heal.

Stay safe. Stay focused, and stay strong.

 

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