a M E r i c a

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
Buffalo Springfield, For What It’s Worth, 1967
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Last  weekend in Charlottesville, a public building was spray painted.

 

All __________ are racists and liars.  What is the correct answer?
a.  Cops
b.  People of Color
c.  Republicans
d.  Democrats
The ME in America seems more important today  than ever.  Whatever the first person singular, I, want is paramount to public safety, common sense, the collective wisdom, science or whoever you think is trying to take away your/my/our/their ideas of freedom.
We are so taken up with our individual rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we forget that it is We, not I,which is from the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
  We also forget the preamble to our Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
America will celebrate it’s two hundred and fiftieth birthday in six years, but only if we pull together as a nation and not as 331 million individuals, each thinking that he or she is the ant steering the ship of state along the stream.

30 thoughts on “a M E r i c a”

  1. Well said, Pat.
    For the multiple choice question, I can only guess what was spray painted there, but MY answer would be “E. people.”
    “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) which is reason enough for all of us both to be patient with one another and to work toward changing this country for the better, one life at a time.

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  2. I agree with you, Pat! Mistakes have been made historically but tearing the whole system down and rewriting history isn’t the answer. Unity is what will get us out of this but I don’t know if some groups want that at all. Reform is one thing but it looks like some just want revenge. We can label all people one thing, “identity politics” is ruining our country, (not allowing dialog), “it’s my way or the highway” attitude doesn’t help create solutions.

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  3. I agree Judy. Some people want what they want regardless of the impact on anyone else. That level of selfishness or self-centeredness is hard to justify or explain. I’ve heard some politicians complain bitterly about Dr. Fauci. A few of them have better things about Dr. Birx. I think both of them are fine physicians and spokespeople. I wonder if they find Dr. Birx less threatening because she wears a dress and acts like ‘good girl’ is supposed to.

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  4. We are many of us so guilty of old-fartism. We have become so conservative and timid in our older years that we forget the values we believed in when we were young. I don’t agree with some of what the (mainly young) protesters are demanding, but I am grateful they aren’t prepared to live happily evermore with a flawed system that treats many people as subhuman.

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  5. Thanks for commenting, Cynthia. I see young people marching in the heat and the pandemic and am pleasantly surprised that many are wearing masks. Sometimes you have to ask for more than you want so that there is room to compromise and get what you need or really want. Some of this does sound like throwing the baby out with the proverbial bathwater. I’m hoping for better days ahead. November could make a big difference on at least one front.

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