I sit here at my laptop and wonder what happened to the good in our country. I know we’ve always had disagreements and differing points of view since the Pilgrims first landed on North American soil. We had a horrendous civil war, and I am concerned we are heading towards another one. I can’t ultimately place all the blame on our current president because the left has produced many problems with their own policies, yet I’ve never seen a sitting president that was so intent on creating division and chaos, and promoting hatred in everything he says.
No matter who is spewing propaganda and hate speech, aren’t we as Americans better than that? Aren’t we as Americans able to sort through the bullstuff and choose to do what we know in our core is right and correct? Aren’t we as Americans able to differentiate between what is good, right and decent over that which is destructive, deceiving and bad? Maybe not! Maybe we are sheep being led off of a cliff! Just take a look at how many incorrect posts full of misinformation and untruths get liked and forwarded on the internet every day! That’s one of the reasons I deleted my Facebook account. We seem to be in an era now where presidential work is accomplished on Twitter!
I have many times, as I’m sure most persons have in the history of humanity, looked at their lives and wondered what their purpose was in life. I think we can find some excellent words that speak directly to this whole mess that we find our country in right now… and that is from 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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Declaration of Independence, paragraph 2, July 4, 1776…
“Unalienable rights”… “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”… and if we don’t have these rights, if our government fails to derive it’s powers from the consent of the American people, then it’s time to make changes. How do we make those changes? WE VOTE! WE VOTE! WE VOTE! In 1776, our Congress determined it was time to make a change, and they voted to get rid of the despotic ruler that chose to infringe on their life, liberty and happiness.
We have a very similar situation right now in 2020! We are desperately in need of Americans to register and VOTE! Vote to get rid of this hatred and divisiveness. Vote to get proper leadership in this country that we can be proud of, a leadership that is worthy of the respect of its citizens, and a leadership that upholds the sacredness of the office and the constitution, and respects the democratic process.
For me, a pursuit of happiness, promoting good, helping others where and when I can… no matter what their political affiliation is… no matter what the color of their skin is, or what their accent may sound like… pursuing an artistic endeavor of creating something that hopefully brings others happiness and joy… that to me is what life is about.