In the wars to protect the American dream of a righteous, compassionate nation, there have been heroes and there have been villains.

Today we have a hero:

Chicago Tribune: 1/31/2017: President Donald Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night, after Yates ordered Justice Department lawyers Monday not to defend his immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world.

In a press release, the White House said Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”

Sally Yates knew what would happen to her for her defiance of a leader who preached fear, a leader who would have us crouching behind a great wall, while innocent people of a religion are refused entry.

Sally Yates rose one brave voice of protest, a small voice in the scheme of things, but an important voice.

There will be more.

She follows in the tradition of our founders who defied the king and built America. There were heroes then.

How many of us today would risk our jobs to defend our Constitution and the people and the religions it was designed to protect?

How many of us will make excuses to forget the ideas that built America:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . . whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”

“. . . a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . . “

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me”

Sally Yates is one who stepped forward. There were many more, and there will be many more, until cruelty and cowardice once again have been defeated by American compassion and courage.

Godspeed Sally Yates. May your name long be celebrated.