BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY

LibertyI hate politics. I never feel current on all sides of an issue and I’m not quick to posture an opinion in an argument on policy or an issue.

Maybe it’s because I’m not that smart or maybe I’ve got terminal “libra” tendencies and need to *really* have a balanced logical understanding of both sides before committing one way or another.

Or maybe it’s the ostrich effect and I’d rather hide my head in the sand than to take on the emotional weight of an issue. (Note: I stopped regularly reading the news in college because current events and politicking outraged me.)

But one thing I do like is history. It tells great morality tales. It tells our story as a people. It outlines cause and effect.

Something that makes this country unique is that what ties us together isn’t necessarily our biological ancestors – but what our ancestors did. Their sacrifices, hard work and fearlessness. We (as a country) come from a vast and terrifying (or awe-inspiring?) network of rebels and dissenters. People with gumption, brains and muscle.

Our very presence here in this country is proof of a fire at the bottom of our core. Our  ancestors refused a life of persecution by the Church of England… so they up and left. They CHOSE hardship for FREEDOM. They were proud of their language, their identity, so they braved death on the water and came here to this wild territory instead of settling in the Netherlands or other safer places where their beliefs existed.

This wild place must have been so terrifying and terminal… and yet we saw potential. We survived winters and ate dirt – but we lived. A permanent fanning of the flames for our internal fire in our bellies. We had the “opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers…” [See AMERICAN DREAM] Something that hadn’t come before.

Voting in early America

Voting in early America

We have fought invaders looking to rule us (The French and Indian War, The Revolutionary War, The War of 1812) we have fought ourselves (The Civil War) and bled on our own ground to protect our “more perfect union” and to “ensure domestic tranquility” and to “promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” (See the Preamble to the Constitution)

This fire in us to FIGHT for FREEDOM is what makes us AMERICANS. (IMHO) It is our mother. This fire is what created us. What makes us great.

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Yesterday, when the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage – We simply proved to still be ourselves. At a time where we’re seeming to be lost and reverting to violence, fear and ignorance – a match was lit– and we can see ourselves again. We *are* still fighting for freedom. It is in our Declaration of Independence where we state if any government is impeding our freedom to achieve happiness “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” How great is that?

I hope we continue to light matches.

Let us have gratitude. Let us educate ourselves again and be reminded of our own fire, of the great fires that came before. Let us evolve past fear and ignorance and into a place where one’s own faith *is* one’s own faith. Where we can own our own bodies. Where ANYONE can have the “opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers…” [Again, see AMERICAN DREAM]

Please read the story of our country through legislation and historical thought leaders! Here’s some links – in no real order…

Thomas Paine’s Common Sense

Declaration of Independence

Bill of Rights

Declaration of Sentiments

Emancipation Proclamation

Gettysburg Address

Dred Scott v. Sandford

Civil Rights Act of 1866

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

Griswold v. Connecticut

Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream”

Roe v. Wade

Obergefell v. Hodges

There’s so many more! If I had one wish – it’d be to replace all BUZZFEED Posts and “Personality” Quizzes on Facebook with inspired retellings of American History. I’m proud to be an American. HAPPY PRIDE WEEKEND!!!

Here's a weird photo of Marilyn and a turkey.

Here’s a weird photo of Marilyn and a turkey.

FOOTNOTE: This whole starry eyed pontification on American history totally glosses over all of the terrible genocide we brought on our American Indian nations. That happened, it’s the worst and here we are. But that’s for another day. Today is PRIDE.

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