So many of us are trying to move on, trying to cope with the nightmarish situation within which we live. We go on day by day, most of the time acting as we always do and did, and yet periodically we are taken down by the news, by the lies, by the negativity, by the constant attempts to hijack the few things we have truly done to make things right within our country.
We see massacre upon massacre. We see it within our country and within the world. We see inaction on the part of the people we elected to do something about it.
We see the attacks on immigration. It is not easy to see your culture shifting. It is not easy to change. Yet, we are all here in the U.S.A. because our ancestors came at some moment in time in search of something better. How quickly we forget.
Our families (Mary Kay’s and mine) have been in this country for just a little over one hundred years. I still feel great ties to the past, something I try (perhaps annoyingly so) to instill in my own children and grandchildren. We must remember our roots. We must remember the good things and the bad things. We are where we are because of them. I changed our family paradigm by going to college. It changed my life. Yet, I cannot forget that my mother was thrown out of her house as a kid; she remembered bedbugs and lice, and being on welfare. She remembered the Great Depression in which her family did not have the ability to survive easily (along with so many others).
If we are a civilized country, and I do believe we have that within our grasp, we could change things. Perhaps that is why we have this nightmare, perhaps we needed to be shocked into reacting, once and for all.
Let’s find a candidate, let’s run with it, and let’s make the changes needed so that we do what our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution say. Let’s create the best civilization ever with equality and care for all as we move forward and take care of our resources (human and material) and our environment.
It is not as hard as our elected officials seem to say.