1 — FREEDOM.
We forget that the setting aside of our differences is not about opinion, moral belief, or judgment! “All men are created equal,” regardless of race, color, title, or faith! We are to cast aside our diversities, so that we can stand behind our freedom! How quickly we forget-
Our freedom did not come free!
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” —Jim Morrison
We forget that we have to be the kind of leadership we our politicians to be! We ARE the people! It is our family, friends, and loved ones who will fill those seats someday! We have to paint, in permanent ink, our future generations with more than just the words “liberty and justice for all!”
If we want to see American values survive over the ages, then we will have to pave the way!
That means we have to stand up, make some noise, and use our voices!
“As we look over the list of the early leaders of the republic, Washington, John Adams, Hamilton, and others, we discern that they were all men who insisted upon being themselves and who refused to truckle to the people. With each succeeding generation, the growing demand of the people that its elective officials shall not lead but merely register the popular will has steadily undermined the independence of those who derive their power from popular election. The persistent refusal of the Adamses to sacrifice the integrity of their own intellectual and moral standards and values for the sake of winning public office or popular favor is another of the measuring rods by which we may measure the divergence of American life from its starting point.” —James Truslow Adams
3— THE REAL AMERICAN DREAM.
We forget what the real American Dream used mean. We’ve tainted it with materialistic ideations and daydreams! It is more than a three-story house, three well-mannered children, a puppy, and a white picket fence!
We’re slamming doors that we have battled in wars just to open. Doors that belong without lock and key, for all of the people!
“From sea to shining sea!”
We’ll sing it. Yet, where is our brotherhood when the fireworks fade and the party has ended, Memorial Day weekend is over, and Veteran’s Day passes?
“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” —The Epic of America
We forget that written within our national proclamation of freedom is the commitment to put all differences aside! We’re to tear down political bands & parties, personal opinions and judgments, and stand together as one! Do we? “And crown thy good with brotherhood!” We must, in the face of diversity, rise to uphold the laws penned by our very own hands!
Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Liberal?
Hell no! “We the people!”
“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” —The Declaration of Independence
5— UNITED WE STAND!
Most of all, we forget, “One nation, indivisible!” Not divided!
This is not a game of Red Rover and we do not run at each other trying to break apart the hands that are joined! United we stand! Divided we fall . . . and we’re falling. We must stand in unity or we will die by our own swords & guns.
When the patriotism has come and gone, we faithfully return to our daily routine of complaining, rallying, debating, and “who scammed who” talk . . .
Easily forgetting why we can stand so bold in our right to freedom, and dismissing the price that it cost!
“My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!”
“If America is to be a great nation, this must become true!” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s time to make a change, America!
We have stood idly by for long enough.
We shake our heads and roll our eyes— content with pulling up a seat for the show.
Then we watch as we, the people of the United States, destroy, abuse, disregard, and throw away our very right to freedom, while abandoning respect for the lives lost to gain it.
It’s time to stand behind the words that sealed our independence.
Our soldiers have fought.
Our families have scarified.
Our children have seen tragedy and death.