Our country has been and continues to be deluged with diatribes and demonstrations laden with derision, distrust, disillusionment, and discord. Unfortunately, the press and social media have cultivated this divisive discussion. Civility and good manners are no longer the expectation but the exception.
Well, as one of the nearly 325 million residents of this nation, I am here to say: We the people have had enough!
I know that I am not alone in this sentiment. Many of us have stood on the sidelines silently hoping, praying that our fellow Americans would come to their senses.
You see: We already know that America is great because it is good, not good in the sense that every citizen is a stellar individual (far from it) but because we are a nation built on ideals:
“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.” ~Declaration of Independence
“We the People…in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain…” ~The Preamble, U.S. Constitution
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” ~Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln
America is great because we strive collectively for the greater good. We have built and will continue to hone our country together, united in our quest to create a more perfect union.
Do we take missteps and make mistakes? Yes, we do—all the time. Do we succumb to human failings and foibles, preconceptions and prejudices? Unfortunately, we do, as evidenced by the recent negative discourse and occurrences. (Seriously, people, knock off the nastiness!) Can we make this nation better? Yes, most definitely! But do we need to “make America great again?” I don’t think we do. Why? Because this country has never stopped being great. Granted, adjustments—some minor and a few major—are needed here or there from time to time, but our foundation—rooted in our ideals—remains strong.
So again I say, enough is enough! No more vitriol or virulence! No more hate—just hope, instead.
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” ~First Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln
May it be so… soon.