A bit of activism here—- we have a glitch in our democratic republic, which is represented by the symbol of our flag.
A glitch: one flag, one nation, split
one flag, two meanings: May we preserve this one for all—the founding of a new nation in 1776:
“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”Declaration of Independence
We have as Americans held our flag as a symbol for this since the beginning of our nation. It gave the soldiers under George Washington a symbol for their cause. It held a nation together during the Civil War. It walked with the marchers in Selma in 1965. It is revered by all, especially those who fought for all the good we stand for. And it was used as a weapon against our Capitol and the government for which it stands on January 6th.
We must reclaim and re-infuse liberty and freedom for all in the meaning of our flag and our nation.
May we join together again as a nation to continue the vision our imperfect nation has for itself.
I found this article on NPR hopeful, but I am also afraid we may be too late. The attacks on the rights of so many are under attack— and voting rights are being systematically destroyed. Don’t you feel it? A great loss in the world, and a devastation against humanity.
I think Abraham Lincoln in his debate with Stephen Douglas in 1858 sums up a simple truth of a real and great America:
Today, so many people of conservative beliefs refuse to let others live freely and strive to oversee their lives through creation of laws that curb their rights, personal, religious, and civil. It’s a travesty against the country’s founding premise.
I am tired. I am sad. Believe as you wish, and let others live their beliefs. It’s more than that, though. It’s also a belief that we do better working together, supporting one another, offering help to those struggling as we can. The “under God” of our nation is one of love, not one of exceptions. I am tired. I am sad. I do not understand the “fear of others” driving those who seek such a weak and demeaning image on our country. We were “great” when we welcomed all and believed in a dream of “all created equal.” Now, what are we? Well, we are not “we;” not “we, the people.”
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
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