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Sally Yates Urges Americans to Speak Out for Nation's Values

Sally Yates Urges Americans to Speak Out for Nation's Values
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By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 11:01 AM

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates urged Americans to stand up and speak out in support of the nation's core values.

Yates, who was fired by President Donald Trump, made her comments in a column for USA Today.

"Over the course of our nation's history, we have faced inflection points — times when we had to decide who we are as a country and what we stand for," she said. "Now is such a time. Beyond policy disagreements and partisan gamesmanship, there is something much more fundamental hanging in the balance. Will we remain faithful to our country's core values?"

She said despite differences, Americans have "long held a shared vision of what our county means and what values we expected."

"Today, our continued commitment to these unifying principles is needed more than ever."

She noted American values include the rule of law.

"This concept of equal protection recognizes that our country's strength comes from honoring, not weaponizing, the diversity that springs from being a nation of Native Americans and immigrants of different races, religions and nationalities," Yates said.

"The rule of law depends not only on things that are written down, but also on important traditions and norms, such as apolitical law enforcement. That's why Democratic and Republican administrations alike, at least since Watergate, have honored that the rule of law requires a strict separation between the Justice Department and the White House on criminal cases and investigations."

And she said truth separates the nation from an autocracy.

"We can debate policies and issues, and we should," Yates added. "But those debates must be based on common facts rather than raw appeals to emotion and fear through polarizing rhetoric and fabrications."

She claimed that "we are not living in ordinary times, and it is not enough for us to admire our nation's core values from afar."

And Yates called for people to stand up for the nation's values.

"Speak out," she said. "Our country needs all of us to raise our collective voices in support of our democratic ideals and institutions. That is what we stand for. That is who we are. And with a shared commitment to our founding principles, that is who we will remain."

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