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Whether we are Democrats, Republicans or independents, we must not forget that we cannot simply impose our will on our fellow citizens, no matter how noble we believe our cause to be. That is always the initial, tainted seed for the establishment of a totalitarian government. Let us learn from this experience and move on in a united fashion to solve this and the many other problems that face our nation.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.