This weekend, in the barbeque’s red glare, friends and family will gather in small COVID approved groups to celebrate an Independence Day like no other. It’s the perfect time to talk about liberty.
Our nation – one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all is divided, and under attack from the inside. The benign itching that has been spreading for the past decade or so has found the fuel to grow into a very dangerous cancer. And while the world has been distracted by the drama in Washington D.C., the cancer has spread fast.
Liberty is defined as ” the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.”
2020 has emboldened certain groups to become an “oppressive authority”.
If you like Trump, 2A, police, and fair trade, or on the other side, Biden, abortion, and social justice, and you share those views (as should be your right as an American) you WILL be attacked, usually by a keyboard wielding mommy-basement dweller, but lately, the attacks are moving offline and becoming physical.
These cancerous groups, looking to devour our liberty, are fueled by the media – big and small. 24/7 gossipy reporting is driving a wedge deeper into the divide our country is feeling with “news” no one would have entertained for a second ten years ago: Trump ‘running’ down a stage ramp, Biden fumbling a word, Hollywood has-beens pushing their political views, Nancy P kneeling in a sacred African scarf, Pence tripping getting into a plane. Every news story marinating in the opinions of its source before being grilled and served to us steaming on a platter. It’s so sensational and enticing how could we not want to just eat it up.
Bottom line, we are in trouble. It’s time to pick a side.
So ask yourself:
Are we the United States of America that believes in a government for and of the people or are we okay with anarchist groups infiltrating our cities?
Do we the people want liberty and justice for all or do we want to support rabid groups burning, defacing, and destroying our neighborhoods?
Are we for or against our rule of law and the people assigned to protect it from the street level on up?
Do we value our history, blemishes and all, because of the lessons learned or do we erase it completely?
Do we want open conversations and constructive dialogue or shout chants that drown out any communication?
Do we need an education for our children that promotes creative, individual thought, or agenda-based lessons chewed up and regurgitated into our children’s brains?
Do we protect the American Dream or do we allow individual success to be targeted and destroyed by poor policies, and lately, mob violence?
Are we okay with ‘righteous’ groups oppressing our history, behaviors, and way of life because they see their beliefs as more valid than ours?
Do we allow this injection of hatred to continue to divide family and friends on something as silly and pointless as a political view?
Is the United States of American going to let liberty fall to the wayside in the name of political correctness?
We can’t wait any longer to pick a side. There are only two to choose from and it’s not Republican/Democrat, or conservative/liberal. Your choice is between liberal/moderate/conservative and the extremists.
Liberal and conservative viewpoints have mingled for centuries creating a balance that promotes equality, liberty, justice, and prosperity. It’s not a perfect union, but we have the opportunity most years to elect representatives from the local to the national level to tweak and change our country to become the best it can be.
The extremists, regardless of who is behind their activities, have one goal – to disrupt our country socially, economically, and by attacking our sense of safety. They are petulant children pushing a false narrative with their bought and paid for media accomplices to give the impression that our country is on the brink of disaster.
Don’t believe it.
The extremists align themselves with both conservative and liberal parties but they have a perverted and exaggerated view of those ideologies and their game plan is to convince each side that the entire party is on board with their perverted views. It’s the difference of the average person decorating a room with a “pop” of color and an extremist painting the room that color from floor to ceiling, and filling the room with furnishings and accessories in that color as well – they literally can see nothing beyond their own perspective.
So we have a choice…
Do you align yourself with the cancer that is eating away the values and liberty in our country or do you side with the majority of men and women who have different experiences and opinions, but are willing to listen, compromise, and build on the greatest nation that has ever existed?
On this unusual Independence Day, it’s time to reflect on the past decade and decide what YOU will do for your country going forward. I know what we see on social media and the news is dramatized for clicks and ratings. In my community, you can still have a conversation at the corner bar with someone on the opposite side of the political spectrum and end the night as friends with the bar not on fire.
Politics is pervasive in nearly everything these days thanks to the media. But people are so much more than their political views: We are parents, siblings, children, and friends. We are employers, employees, leaders, and supporters. We are sportsmen/women, sports fans, creators, crafters, and cooks. We are tradespersons, professionals, stay-at-home parents, and retired. We are gardeners, binge-watchers, and volunteers. We are funny, hardworking, thoughtful, creative, strong, smart, and caring people. We are endless titles and characteristics – all more important than “liberal” and “conservative”.
When we remember this, it’s easier to see we ARE on the same side. The sooner we can agree that our safety, liberty, and way of life is under attack by extremists that don’t share our vision or values, the sooner we can get America back on track.
Refuse to listen to the hate and fear spread by the extremists. Question what you see and hear on the news and social media. And when you engage with someone that may not have the same political views as you, take the time to see them as a whole person, find out why they have those views, be “okay” with accepting that not everyone needs to agree with you, and appreciate that your difference in opinion is what makes this country strong, equitable, and continuing to grow and improve each year.
Let freedom ring.