Being an American and living the standards and ethics that it stands for have always been important to me. I’m the mom of a son who is active military and have always been proud of those in uniform who serve. But like many other Americans, I’m not proud of how we’ve become divided, especially in the last few years and am not afraid to speak out when I see things that are intrinsically wrong.
Still, we are lucky to be American
Our country is spectacular in its magnificent beauty and rich in its diversity. As Chrissy Teigan remarked at a recent rally in Los Angeles to protest family separation, “America would be bland without immigrants.” My family came from Eastern Europe. (Poland, Russia, and the Czech Republic) One half is Jewish and fled religious animosity. My grandfather was from Ukraine and was lured back and killed by Stalin.
As Americans, we have the freedom to protest or kneel to bring to the forefront issues that need to be discussed. We aren’t a perfect nation, but our founders were smart enough to protect us with laws and guidelines that give us freedom, equality, and the right to speak out. The rule of law and our judicial system must be protected and revered to assure stability and fairness to all. If that means taking down those in leadership who may be corrupt, so be it.
We are also members of the same planet which encompasses every country in the world where there are human beings who are suffering. As the strongest nation in the world, it is our duty to help our fellow human beings remain free from despotic dictators who kill, torture, and inflict evil upon them. If we isolate ourselves, we become weak and vulnerable.
Instead of denigrating those who seek safety, we need to work harder to ensure that those in harm’s way are safe and can remain in their homelands, families intact, without fear and oppression.
We are human beings who inhabit the same planet
We all revolve around the same sun and must work together to protect our environment. Wildfires are raging all over the globe. One of our Best of Baby Boomer bloggers has just been evacuated from her home in Southern Colorado because of a dangerous fire. There are superstorms, category 5 tornados, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, floods, and glacier ice melts caused by climate change that must be addressed or our planet will be in mortal danger.
What we can do to work together
Our freedom to speak out when things are clearly wrong is a right we need to preserve to create change for the better. We must listen to each other and work together to serve “We the People,” and not a leader or political party’s power-hungry whim. Parties shouldn’t be pitted against each other and may need to be disbanded for the greater good so that we can work together in unity.
It’s critical that we get our facts straight. I’ve harped on this before. Freedom of the press is our constitutional right but incorrect information, especially in the digital age, should be disavowed. My grandfather died from false propaganda that he read in Pravda. Don’t let yourself be fooled by what you have read or seen in the American news.
Let’s all work to make America proud and united.