It has begun – the journey to recreate our country and our government in the likeness of the one we remember fondly – even if our memories are sometimes faded and incorrect. And yes, the image I am seeing is someone else shouting profanities and speaking to (no, encouraging) those white supremacists and white nationalists to a fever pitch of madness in the pursuit of the white house……. but here we are, and I am envisioning a New Golden Door, a door thrown open to those who are in need. A door that welcomes, not discriminates against, all people. The brown, the black, the white, the yellow, the lgbtq+, the teeming masses that is the united states of America, my land of the free and the brave.
I have some fears as we journey, I will admit it. Fears that we too will become so immersed in our individual personal wants that we forget to work together for the common good of all people.
Let’s talk about abortion, for instance. There has already been a huge, broad line drawn in the sand on this issue on the progressive, liberal side of the board. Within that group we have a group who is pro abortion, and we have a group that is anti abortion. But what if instead of focusing on what we differ on, we focus on what we agree upon? If we can agree that the laws of many of our states and also our federal government are trying to subvert the rights of women to make their own decisions about their own bodies, we have a starting place to talk. If we can agree that the law of the land is for all women to have the right to legal abortion, we have a starting place to talk. If we can agree that all women have the right to make decisions about their own health care, we have a starting place to talk. And if we can agree that my personal beliefs and religion should not be your guiding star, we have a starting place to talk.
I am so frustrated with the many people in our country who seem to believe that their beliefs are the only ones that matter, and that we should be allowed to discriminate against others based on those beliefs. No, no, no. My beliefs are just that, a guiding light, a guiding hand for me to navigate this life. My beliefs may be very different than yours, but I hope that we can agree that we each have the right to our own beliefs, and the ability to live our lives as we want, as long as we are not doing harm to other people.
If my beliefs lead to harm for you, that is not right.
If your beliefs cause harm to me, that is not right.
And 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.”
And then the first amendment to the Constitution:
Amendment I. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
I hear nothing in these statements that make me think you can impose your religious beliefs on me, in fact, the very opposite is true. We do not need a state religion in our country, and we must fight against it at all points.
#resist #weareallequal #lovetrumpshate