“The last foundational crack I want to address is that of contempt, tribalism and discord that has rocked our nation over the past few weeks. I have spoken of it often, but tonight only offer up a reminder of the oaths which those of us in this room have taken — to uphold the Constitution of the United States.
The Preamble of that sacred document announces that the purpose of the Constitution is “to form a more perfect Union.” Judge Thomas Griffith has wisely stated that, ‘When politicians and judges like us take an oath to uphold the Constitution, we commit to work for unity; we make a solemn pledge that we will not be agents of division. This vow to work for unity,” he concluded, “is more than gauzy sentimentality or merely a call for civility in our public discourse. Instead, it is a studied and determined choice to work at union.'”