When we ask what was the day America died people will say 1/6/2021. The day a sitting U.S. President encouraged complete anarchy and his supporters obliged him.
When we ask what was the day America died people will say 1/6/2021. The day a sitting U.S. President encouraged complete anarchy and his supporters obliged him.
We The People, three little words that the founding fathers deemed summed up what the grand experiment America was about to embark on. A country of self-government. Now we all know that from the time the founding fathers, slaveowners, and men who did not consider women equal or worthy of the full benefits of citizenships until today, that the concept of We The People has never truly lived up to its literal meaning in America. Nevertheless, it is the fundamental principle on which this country’s democracy is built on.
Today we have a blatant attempt by a percentage of the GOP to subvert that democracy, mainly because they have always believed We The People has always meant “we” not “them.” They are people who look, think, worship, and date different than them. They fear the change America is undergoing. After all, it does not benefit them because it is threatening to equal the playing field. The GOP has lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight Presidential elections, saved twice by the antiqued election college. As demographics change, they are losing their grip on some of the traditionally red states. The House is indeed more insulated due to gerrymandering; in many cases, their districts represent monolithic groups of voters. However, statewide and nationally, they know they are dying a slow death. As a result, they look to sow division among the people and cast doubt on election results. To tear down the very pillars of the democracy that they drape themselves in. They are not looking to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. They are looking to ensure that the way of life they have become accustomed to continues, regardless of how it impacts “those” people. They could never pledge to an America united under the banner of humanity irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or economic status. These GOP members attempting to undermine American democracy are no better than Benedict Arnold or the treasonous traitors who fired on Fort Sumpter. Traitors to a country that has provided them with the opportunity to hold such lofty seats of power through democratic elections. We must never forget their names as their actions should stain them forever.
WE THE PEOPLE
May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please. But as the opportunity to do what is right.
With great power comes great responsibility
Let’s be clear I do not write this to say American society has always done the right thing, understands its great responsibility, or that it has seen all of its citizens enjoyed freedom equally. However, for all its warts, this is still America, the land of the free, and the last four years, especially 2020, has shone a spotlight on the selfish and irresponsible behavior of a segment of America’s leaders and a percentage of its citizenry. Leadership’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the anti-maskers who follow them is the most glaring example. From the very beginning, President Trump downplayed the pandemic; it was clear to most that his end game was to downplay the pandemic not to keep the country calm as he claimed but an attempt to keep the stock market from falling. The reason for this? To try and ensure his re-election bid. As the year progressed and tens of thousands of Americans succumbed to the virus, Trump doubled down, taking no responsibility for his office’s response, openly mocking the wearing of masks, and inciting potential violence against state leaders who attempted to slow the spread of the virus as their state’s hospital systems became overwhelmed. Many GOP Congresspeople, Senators, Governors, Mayors, etc., followed suit despite the pandemic spreading like wildfire through their respective states. The loss of life took a back seat to their selfish serving agendas of maintaining their hold on power. A portion of Americans blindly followed them ignored the pleading of the medical world to wear a mask. They wrapped themselves in the American flag, shouted USA, USA, and claimed that being an American gives them the right to do as they please; this, of course, is a false belief, but even worse, it was based on the fact that refusing to wear a mask only impacts themselves, refusing to understand the obvious, it impacts anyone they come in contact with. One could argue that the entire Covid pandemic proved a large portion of America is not ready mentally to handle the freedom it enjoys because they have put their agendas ahead of what is right.
The second most glaring example is America’s current leadership attempt to undermine democracy by casting doubts and attempting to overturn the will of the people in the 2020 Presidental election. It was Abraham Lincoln in his famous Gettysburg that said
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long.
And while we are not literally at war, we each other; let us make no mistake that the Trump administration and the GOP have spent the last four years attempting to divide Americans culminating with their actions following the election. While it simple to say America will always endure, history has shown every empire has an expiration day. As Lincoln said in the Gettysburg address, America has survived all these years based on the principle, regardless of how literally it has been applied as a government of the people, by the people, for the people. And because of this, it shall not perish from the earth. It should go without saying that when Americans elect their leaders, they should expect to look to protect Americans and the democracy by which they were voted into the very seats of power they hold. Seemingly that is no longer the case. Politicians now look to protect themselves, even if that means consciously dividing the nation by sowing discontent and neglecting the very principles that this country is allegedly built on. They have no concept that when they took their oath of office, they were bestowed with great power, and with that power come great responsibility. They embrace the power while simultaneously discarding discard the responsibility it comes with. But make no mistake; it is not American leaders alone who have neglected their responsibility. The very people who vote them into their positions of power have turned a blind eye to corruption and politicians attempting to divide them and, in the case of the Presidential election, usurp the very democracy that they claim to respect so much, as long as it fits their particular view on society regardless if that view is good for the country as a whole. These Americans have proven that the concept of the power that comes with democracy, something so many in the world do not enjoy, has escaped them.
So, where do we go from here? Will we ever be able to come together as Americans? Will we ever be able to look at both sides of the coin and understand that our side is not always right, and that is OK. Will we ever, as people, hold our politicians accountable again. Will our politicians ever have the backbone to put the country ahead of their agendas again? If the Civil War lessons show us anything, we can overcome our differences and come together, at least to some extent, as one. But before we start to heal, we need to relearn what freedom truly means, the power that it holds, and the responsibility that comes with it.
America is not a country.
America is a concept.
A concept based on the founding fathers’ words in the Declaration of Independence, the document that announces America’s creation. Words that America did not live up to at that time, words that America has fought to live up to ever since, but words in which America was created:
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.
America is the largest and the world’s only real “melting pot,” A society whose success is defined by immigrants’ contributions from all over sharing thoughts and ideas to create one new culture. It is written in the United States’ very seal, E pluribus unum – “From many, one.”
Sadly, at the very time, America is becoming increasingly diverse; it is becoming more polarized. The concept on which it was founded, the concept that allowed it to become the world’s leading nation, is slowly being forgotten by many of its citizens. Just as the founding fathers spent four long months debating with each other, listening to each other’s points of view, and coming to compromises that benefited the collective in a real democracy, the citizens must listen to and understand one another. They cannot hope to sustain their democracy by merely pursuing their interests; They must be willing to make concessions in the hope of finding common ground for the good of America as a whole.
Online decision-making platform Cloverpop found a direct link between workplace diversity and decision-making. When diverse teams made a business decision, they outperformed individual decision-makers up to 87% of the time. When employees with different backgrounds and perspectives come together, they develop more solutions, which leads to more informed and improved decision-making processes and results. Whether some accept it or not, this is the hallmark of America. It is what makes America stand out. America is not a specific racial or ethnic identity or religious belief. America is differing groups with varying moral and religious outlooks, coming together to embrace America’s concept. It is in their diversity that America exists.
In the last four years, we have seen America led by a President who promoted division and hatred. Stroked fears and tacitly promoted the idea that for a particular segment, they were losing their America. Ironically it was the person he defeated to become President who truly understood what makes America great when she said:
What we have to do… is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.
Secretary Clinton understood that no one group could claim America, and therefore no one group can lose America. America is what it is because it is a beautiful mosaic, and while we may not always see eye to eye, that is fine. We may have differences, that too is fine. As Surak, the most influential philosopher in the history of the planet Vulcan, remarked:
I am pleased to see that we have differences. May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.
Let us celebrate!
Let us rejoice!
Let us revel in this moment!
Let us not rest!
Let us not believe the battle is over!
The wicked witch is dead, but sadly we have not brought back values to Washington as most of his enablers have been rewarded with re-election. They are already talking about putting roadblocks in Biden’s way.
In the House, they picked up seats, and at the State level, they picked up Governor houses, ensuring attacks on people of color, the LGBT community, Women’s rights, and the poor will continue.
Trump and McConnell have ensured the courts are stacked against real progress for decades.
Let’s be clear Tuesday was a very good night for Republicans. Yes, we got rid of the face of stupidity, but the heart still beats strong.
We must not rest!
We must continue to rise as one!
We must continue to make our voices heard!
We must drown out the hatred in the heart of 67 million Americans who voted for Trump!
We must continue to demand change!
We must ensure America provides liberty and justice for all!
We are the Coalition of The Righteous, and we will are just starting.
Good Morning America it’s us your sons and daughters of color, we know today will be no different than any day the last four hundred years, but we still like to believe maybe it will.
Since that day four hundred plus years ago when you came to our homeland and stole us, stripped us of our names, religion, and culture you have done everything in your power to deny us even the smallest sip from the tree of equality. To reject who and what we are to you.
Shackled us in chains,
raped our women,
separated our families,
hunted us down and hung us from trees, in front of your burning crosses,
denied us access to equal educational opportunity,
intimidated us from having our voice heard at the voting booth
created two separate and unequal justice systems to disproportionately incarcerate us.
You have steadfastly refused to acknowledge the indisputable fact that we are now and have always been an essential part of what makes this country great.
You reject the notion that we are just much a part of the fabric of America as you ever were.
We should be furious at you, yet we remain drawn to you. We should seek retribution, yet all we ask is that you see us, not the color of our skin, but us. That you treat as equals.
Why you may ask? After everything you have put you through? It’s because we still love you. After all you are our country. You may not know it, but you are. And as James Baldwin said, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”
One day hopefully our criticism will awaken your soul and when we wake up and tell you Good Morning, you will smile back and say Good Morning sons and daughters of America. I cannot express how sorry I am for how I have treated you. But know this, I am proud of the amazing resiliency you have shown and thank you for being a part of the soul of our country. America would never have reached the heights we have without you or your vast array of contributions.
We were too busy fighting among ourselves to notice what was happening. A nation divided where the country took a back seat to party. Corruption carried out in plain sight, and a blind eye turned to it in the name of a party. Division and hate among racial, ethnic, and religious lines became the mantra of the powerful and was used as a weapon to turn and divide us against each other. It was too easy; we were simply pawns to be moved around the board and casually sacrificed when needed to protect the elite’s power and money.
Blinded by their lust for greed and power, they didn’t see that while they were playing us, they were being played. Outsiders used social media to control the narrative; then, they used that narrative to corrupt our political system. Our leaders profited and gained power because of these actions and chose to look the other way. Individuals who tried to shine a light on what was happening had their patriotism questioned. They were branded as traitors and shouted down by the masses whose perception of reality had been manipulated through the false and misleading reporting from certain “news” networks and larger than life personalities. Networks and personalities were all too happy to do so to ensure their ratings stayed high and their pockets remained fat.
At the same time, our global influence began to erode. Russia became the leading voice in the Middle East. China and North Korea started to exert control of the whole of Asia. Seizing on growing discontent in many South and Central American countries, Russia and China used their economic resources to back revolutions that overthrew governments and installed governments friendly to them, thus gaining a strategic advantage in the western hemisphere.
America and Europe were besieged by terrorist attacks launched from South America, the Middle East, and Asia. Our ability to track down the organizations responsible is extremely compromised. Sending troops into those regions would have spread us too thin and vulnerable to the Russian, China, North Korea alliance. Oil production was disrupted, and our international trade was virtually halted, leaving us reeling economically. As our economy grew weaker and we became more fearful of the next terror attack, we did not bond together; just the opposite, we became more divided. Pointing fingers at each other and fighting over our dwindling resources.
It was amid such chaos that we could only stand by and watch as Russia rolled into Eastern Europe; China into India and Pakistan; North Korea into South Korea and Japan; each daring us to retaliate. The thought of a nuclear strike was floated but was never carried out with the understanding that it was a line we could never come back from. A couple of years went by, and our situation grew worst, and then the inevitable happened; that day, most of us feared but right up until it happened didn’t think it was possible. Russian troops invaded from the north through Alaska and Canada and from the south with the help of their new South and Central American allies. It was over in a blink of an eye; we barely put up a fight. The day the red, white, and blue was replaced up top the White House with the white, blue, and red of the Russian flag is etched in the minds of those who were around to witness it, and to this day, it remains the darkest and saddest day in the history of the former United States of America.
Abraham Lincoln’s prophecy had come true “If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.”.
My political views are no secret, but this is not political this is deeply personal.
The President of the United States of America just proudly posted a video of Trump supporters screaming White Power.
Again, the President of the United States of America just proudly posted a video of Trump supporters screaming White Power.
My United States of America!
Despite being marginalized, terrorized, and killed simply because of their skin color, the country, my ancestors have defended in war. Without their contributions, this country would not be nearly what it is today.
This should convince every person, and I mean every single person of color, to register and vote for Biden as well as any member of the GOP who enable him. It’s now it’s at the point if you’re not a person of color and you tell me you support him or remain silent on the issue, I have to assume you, too, are racist.
Too many people of color have suffered.
Too many people of color have been unjustly treated.
Too many people of color have been terrorized and KILLED by people screaming those same words!
SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION!