This morning is a wistful morning, perhaps enhanced by the gray skies. Then I saw a reference to Neil Diamond and Jonathan Seagull online, which prompted me to ask Alexa to play some Neil Diamond. It’s been pleasant – stirring up old wistful memories.
Back in the days when I could believe the world I lived in was fair, was just, was reasonable. Remember those days? Yeah, some of that was illusion, but in those days we had hope, we could see the sunshine. Our politicians seemed more interested in working for the good of the people and the country – or at least gave that impression. There was division, but not like today.
Then Neil sang “Coming to America” – oh my! People wanting to come to America and being allowed to do so. Nowadays – I think not so much. Added to the fact that this country has taken the attitude that immigrants are not wanted, the kind of country we have become no longer seems to offer the opportunity to better their lives.
We are a country of division and strife – partisan to the extreme, all encouraged by the man that somehow got elected to be our president. To some degree, I can understand the feelings of being ignored, the frustration, that led to people voting for him. To a small degree, I can understand. I do not understand the devotion to a specific political party or hatred of another political party that would allow otherwise intelligent, thoughtful people to ignore the fact that this man is no more than a swamp dweller, and he who comes from the swamp will not drain it. We became a nation of gullibility – and a nation with an electoral college system that is no longer viable, no longer working for the masses. Our political parties let us down, with the candidates offered – candidates with very high disapproval ratings. Yet, those parties handed these people their flags to carry.
So here I sit – wishing for fairness, for honesty, for integrity, for honor. For us to finally recognize that in every barrel there are bad apples, but overall, we are not bad people when we use our brains and open our eyes. It does not matter what color we are, nor what religion we practice, we are all human beings and should be treated as such, with the only factors necessary for us to be respected being our behavior and our character. Wishing for the time when we could discuss our feelings and our beliefs without rancor – disagreements, yes, but not anger.
To my Facebook friends, I say NO I will not stop posting my feelings, preaching my beliefs. I get some of you are tired of hearing it – but I am tired of seeing the hatred in this country, and I feel a duty to stand up for what I believe. You can choose to read or not. You can choose to disagree or not. You can choose whether to read.
My fear is we are losing our ability in this country to have enough. To have our freedom.
Wishing for the time when this flag again stands for honor.