We have just participated in–and witnessed–a historic election in the United States.  A record-shattering number of people, including a record number of young people, felt so connected to the future of this country that they showed up to vote, organize, and engage in this election.

With the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, we see another history-making moment. Our nation voted the first woman into the White House and the first woman of color as Vice President, representing an important step towards a more inclusive We the People.

When “e pluribus unum” was first written to capture the spirit of our great American experiment, it was a call for us to work together towards unity.  Even during our most trying times, we held together as a nation by staying true to this credo—out of many, one—we are one nation, made stronger by bringing together the best of each of our unique, individual gifts.

Over the past year, we confronted a set of intersecting crises—a pandemic, an economic downturn, an overdue reckoning with racial injustice, wildfires, continued challenges and threats to the rule of law, and a contentious national election. I am so grateful that, in the middle of these crises, we remained committed to working towards a more perfect union and participating in our democracy.

In Colorado, collaborative problem-solving remains core to our character.  I am proud that we set an example for the rest of the United States every single day in the way that we come together. The tragic wildfires we faced this year, like the floods we faced in 2013, brought out that spirit as Coloradans showed up for one another. 

In the Jewish tradition, we are called on to “heal the world.” Scripture teaches us that it is not on each of us to do this work by ourselves, but that we are not free to desist from doing our part. Each day gives us the opportunity to be our best authentic selves while also acting with empathy for others to find ways to heal our world.  This is what Abraham Lincoln had in mind when he called on our nation, at the end of the Civil War:  “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

I am as committed as ever to our team’s mission at the Attorney General’s Office: “Together, we serve the people of Colorado, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy, and promoting justice for all.” In Colorado, we can demonstrate how to work together to meet our challenges, from advancing the rule of law to addressing the opioid epidemic to improving our criminal justice system to protecting consumers to protecting our land, air, and water.  

As we do this important work, we are reminded that we are better together. That’s just the spirit our nation needs—living the commitment “out of many . . . one”. 

Please join us in doing our part here in Colorado—helping to pave the way to heal our nation and bind our wounds.  Our democracy, as this past election demonstrated, is not a spectator sport and, together, we have some important work to do.  

(Photo by Scott Olson, Getty Images)