So I was trying to think of a list of things that do truly unite us as U.S. Citizens. What are those things that most everyone can agree on? Here's my list, and let me know if you can think of others.
1. Everyone wants to be treated with dignity and respect.
2. Everyone wants to be loved.
3. Everyone wants to have the freedom to speak their mind and be heard and understood.
4. Everyone wants to be able to love and care for their families, which includes providing for and protecting those they love.
5. Everyone wants to be able to worship as they wish.
6. Everyone wants to be able to live their convictions.
7. Everyone wants to be able to follow their dreams.
8. Everyone wants to feel safe.
9. Everyone wants to be able to learn and grow.
10.Everyone wants to be happy.
Our United States Constitution and Bill of Rights was designed to protect these things. This country was designed to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. This country was designed to enable families to protect each other with fire arms, not take them away. Our country was designed for men and women to work and provide for their families, not be provided for by the government. This country was designed to allow invention and imagination to flourish, including entrepreneurs, so that we can create new things and new businesses, making improvements in our communities as we work together successfully. It was not intended to tax these businesses to death so that they have to outsource and move overseas.
Education is meant to enrich people so they can branch out and contribute to society. It is a privilege to be able to learn, and not something to be dreaded or fought against or even demanded, but embraced. We are not to covet, but to earn. This is the American Way. If our thinking is not in line with this, then we need to re-evaluate our motives and intents, and decide if we are truly Americans. If not, then we must consider what country we should belong to.
People immigrate because they believe in the culture of that country, and feel they can best thrive there. Many have come to America for opportunity, because of the American Way and the freedoms it embraces. That unites us into a melting pot. It has been said we are not a melting pot, but a tossed salad. We have seen that does not work. Yes, we can have our own freedoms of religion and individuality, as long as we are united in our culture, and acclimated into a unified nation that shares the values it was founded upon. Why? Because that works. Those values make for a strong society, built upon strong individuals that make up strong families.
Selfishness needs to be put aside, and we have to stop thinking of ourselves in light of what's in it for me, but rather what's in it for us? United we stand. We have common threats and enemies. Let's remember as we celebrate Thanksgiving what we are truly thankful for, and look for ways to unite rather than divide. Speak and embrace truth, but always with love, always with respect. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America!
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