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Do we remember a leader who exploited his people’s fears
in order to rise to power?
Do we remember a leader who scapegoated the “other”—those
who looked, sounded, or worshiped differently—to give his people someone to easily
blame rather than an agenda on which to pin real but hard-won progress?
Do we remember a leader who let slip away the promise of
some of his country’s greatest minds and talents because those minds and
talents emanated from the bodies of those labeled “other?”
Do we remember a leader who punished news to promote propaganda?
Do we remember a leader driven by his narcissism and
Do we remember a leader whose desire for ever greater
power knew no limits, and unleashed a limitless path toward destruction, with
the patience to take as long as necessary to erode the legal and moral
constructs in his way?
Do we remember a leader who left his country in shambles
from his promises to deliver the nation to what he claimed as its rightful
Do we remember our promise to never forget?
Our promise to those who perished and those to come.
Our promise that, in remembering, we’d ensure never to let
it happen again.