My Country ‘Tis of Thee…

The discourse in this land is pretty rough right now. Seems that there’s more extremism, and much less willingness to compromise. And policies we would have previously not thought within the realm of reasonable are implemented to “get tough” and “act as a deterrent.” The decision a few weeks ago to separate children from parents when they come into the country under questionable circumstance is a glaring example of our society’s diminished humanity.

I side with Brene Brown’s approach:

I often think about what the United States means to me, what my impressions are, compared to my fellow Americans, and the rest of the world.

As for me I want to live in a place that offers the basics, not just to those who were born here, but to everyone who is here.

Life, liberty, justice, the pursuit of happiness, safety and security for the persecuted, and the poor, for those trying to make their lives better.

On this day we celebrate Independence Day for the United States, when we declared America a country free from British rule, I’m thinking about those early American attitudes that shaped our country. Fighting the power, striving to live the lives they want to live, striving to have compromise and tolerance and inclusiveness be the guiding themes we live by.

I’m IN.

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