A Bigot Building Walls, Or A Serious Candidate Building Bridges? – The Choice Is Clear! (VIDEO)


Are you going to vote for the guy who wants to build a wall or for someone who’s building bridges?

In case anyone had forgotten what is at stake in this election, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man who created and starred in the Broadway blockbuster Hamilton, delivered a moving reminder while he introduced Hillary Clinton.

He clearly laid out the fact that we have the historic choice again this year to choose to move towards America’s best years, continuing our Founding Fathers’ push to create “a more perfect union,” or to build walls and abandon that quest.

Speaking from the stage where Hamilton was being performed, Miranda calls attention to the fact that the “American Experiment,” is just that, an ongoing experiment. We struggle to get to the ideals that this nation was founded on, not exactly – because times have changed – but in spirit. He then casts in no uncertain terms what is at stake.

Miranda says:

[Hamilton] drives home the fact that the American Experiment is just that. It’s an experiment. We wrote these ideals into the Constitution and we’ve always fallen short. And we’re always trying to get closer. We’re trying to get closer to the ideals that we’ve said in those founding documents. And we’re human so we are always going to fall short, but we’re always trying closer to get there.

We know that the term “a more perfect union,” is used because there are no perfect unions, there are no perfect humans. There are no perfect countries. However, we believe that all men are created equal, despite that particular ideal not being as fully fleshed when our founders wrote it down.

We know we are a nation of immigrants. Our melting pot didn’t mean that we lost those cultures or forced false conformity, it meant that we became Americans and our language, our culture and our history is richer because of immigration, not assimilation and rigid cultural norms. Yes, there were many mistakes made, tragic ones we must recognize to move forward, but we must keep moving forward.

Miranda continued, “so, this November the difference could not be more stark,” he then asked, “who do you think is going to get closer to those ideals?” Miranda was visibly overtaken by the enormity of the choice we have. Will we choose the candidate choosing to lead by “channeling our fears,” or the one channeling “our hopes?”

Are you going to vote for the guy who wants to build a wall or for someone who’s building bridges?

The choice seems clear; we must not succumb to fear and hate. This November, we must cast our vote to move towards continuing to try, to struggle, and sometimes fail at creating “a more perfect union.”

Hillary Clinton delivers an address after this introduction that you should hear. She reminds us that Hamilton was an immigrant, and thanks Miranda for telling us the stories we might not hear otherwise. Clinton mentions that this play and Miranda’s genius remind us how many tens of millions of stories in this country deserve to be “told and heard.” She reminds us that “history’s eyes are upon us.”

Clinton said:

So I want to thank all of you for supporting our vision of the kind of America that does try to keep us moving toward that more perfect union. That has to be our mission. We cannot be detoured by those who would play to the worst of our feelings. We have to keep that vision in front of us.

Watch the full remarks, here:

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