These are turbulent times. But we will persist and prevail.

I have seen dictatorships around the world, where blind obedience is the norm and truth-tellers are threatened with punishment or death. We must not allow the United States to become a country where standing up to our government is a dangerous act.

Opinion

February 7, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch leaves during a break at a House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 15, 2019. Photo by (Yuri Gripas/ABACAPRESS.COM/TNS)

Marie L. Yovanovitch served most recently as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

After nearly 34 years working for the State Department, I said goodbye to a career that I loved. It is a strange feeling to transition from decades of communicating in the careful words of a diplomat to a person free to speak exclusively for myself.

What I’d like to share with you is an answer to a question so many have asked me: What do the events of the past year mean for our country’s future?

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