We had an opportunity to reject the cynicism and unbridled fear on which Mr. Trump’s campaign was based.
We had an opportunity to resoundingly declare that a man whose campaign is about building walls rather than bridges is un-American, and that banning individuals on the basis of their religious affiliation defies the basic principles for which we stand.
We had an opportunity to defeat the most dangerous demagogue to receive a major party nomination in modern United States history.
We had an opportunity to take a much-needed stand for the higher principles of justice, fairness, and equality, the fundamental tenets of the Constitution of the United States, and the very notion that America does better when we work to lift one another up from hardship and expand opportunity.
We had an opportunity to affirm that our self-worth is not determined by the color of our skin, our gender, to which god we pray, or who we love.
We had an opportunity to provide an example for the women and young girls of our nation that with enough hard work and determination, they can be anything to which they set their minds, even President of the United States.
We had an opportunity to elect the most deeply and broadly qualified person to receive a major party nomination, and to affirm the seemingly basic principle that competence is an important dimension of governance.
We had an opportunity to move America forward on healthcare, climate change, reproductive rights, the economy, and the Supreme Court.
We squandered this opportunity, and in doing so, we failed ourselves.
Shame on us.