Indivisible, One Nation

diversity, race, ethnicity and people concept – international group of happy smiling men and women over american flag background

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country. In its original form it read:

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

On Friday, July 3rd, there were fireworks at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and our President delivered yet another divisive speech.

Not surprising.

Apparently, he has forgotten the words to the Pledge of Allegiance – one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Most of us recognize that this narcissistic man knows only hate speech, knows only to call people names, knows only to fuel fires rather than work to put them out.

In the middle of a pandemic that is careening out of control in the United States, he put himself and attempts at reelection first and risked the many lives of his supporters who follow his inaction to respect CDC guidelines and recommendations. According to the New York Times, the President used this event to claim that we are in a battle against a “new far-left facism” seeking to wipe out the nation’s values and history.

Mr. Not-My-President, the definition of fascism is a form of far-right, authoritarian, ultra-nationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, as well as strong regimentation of society and of the economy.

Wow, that was a good deflection from reality. I think, however, you should open the dictionary and reflect.

He went on to state:

“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”

There he goes again about values. What are your values, sir? Bigotry? Racism? Hate? Letting people die because you can’t come to terms with a pandemic? Lifting up the Bible after tear-gassing a peaceful crowd when you are obviously far from being Christian? Disrespecting women and the LGBTQ community? Calling people names on Twitter? Creating a division in this country that may take decades to erase? Having past affairs and questionable dealings with a Russian leader?

The President depends on the fear of his constituents to create division and bring out the dark side of this America. He chooses political and financial gains over the well-being of the country he is supposed to keep safe.

His speech was about trying to make the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the removal/destruction of monuments and the call for police reform as horrible and evil.

“We will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people.”

Too late. You are behind the last four years of demeaning, intimidating and bad behavior. You are the evil one. You are the one with hate rhetoric. Those who are protesting are African Americans. They were brought to this country as slaves beginning in 1619. These humans remained slaves in the U.S. until they were proclaimed free by Abraham Lincoln and a Civil War.

But not really.

After the War came Jim Crow laws that meant African American citizens wouldn’t be treated differently than when they were slaves. They would not be paid fairly for their work, they would not be able to walk on the same sidewalk as whites, they would be in a different train car than whites, they would be hanged for not saying “sir” to a white person, they could not shop in the same stores, and many were kept from leaving the towns and cities that continued to oppress them. In the book, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” which is an epic story of America’s Great Migration, one black woman was told by a police officer to take off the suit she was wearing because she had no business dressing like a white woman. The officer told her he’d arrest her if he ever caught her dressing like that again. The woman was basketball great Bill Russell’s mother. The Russell family left Monroe, Louisiana, soon after that incident and headed for Oakland, California, for a better chance at being treated fairly and living without fear.

Unfortunately, it is 2020 and our ethnic and marginalized populations are still fighting for equality, still fighting bigotry. They are angry and I understand their anger. I am angry too. I’ve heard far too much whining about wearing masks, social distancing and why-can’t-I-go-to-the-bar in this pandemic, from people who carry guns to their protests and yell about Constitutional rights and monuments that were erected during the Jim Crow era, not after the Civil War.

Constitutional rights do not cover stupidity. You have no concept of morality, ethics, following your God’s commandment to love others, and treating people as you want to be treated. You are privileged and your behavior is self-righteous, demeaning and hurtful. What about the rights of all people in this country? The rights that were not afforded to George Floyd and many others like him because of the color of his skin? The rights of anyone not like you who don’t agree with you, who have different opinions than you, who have different political, religious and sexual orientation than you? What about their rights?

The African American community tried to tell you about their lack of human rights by taking a knee four years ago, but all you could do was yell about your precious flag and that this wasn’t the right time or the right place. You should have listened then, instead of getting angry, and perhaps we could have started to work toward a country that embraces social change.

Law enforcement agencies have an obligation in this time period to examine who they are and how they can serve all U.S. citizens in the best possible light. That being said, the entirety of this country has the same obligation – to stop divisiveness, bigotry, racism and the hate speech that starts with our leaders. There is no longer room for this behavior and we, as a country, must become empathetic and kind to those around us, no matter who they are. We must treat people with respect and equality. We must have a President and political leaders who truly represent the diverse culture of this country rather than the small percentage of white wealth.

Our country is hurting right now and I fear it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I fear that far too many people will die from the pandemic and that rightful civil protests will be demonized due to a President who doesn’t know the meaning of indivisible. I fear that we will lose long-time allies for those who supposedly put a price on the heads of U.S. soldiers and interfere in our elections. I fear that we will be a country that is either hated or laughed at through the eyes of the rest of the world.

We are one nation, but we need to act like it. We need to have leadership that brings us together, not tears us apart. We need to save each other rather than harm or kill one another. We need to end the tyranny of a man who only has the concept of ego, and is willing to take this country and its people down for his own maniacal self-importance.

This country has a hard road ahead, but I truly believe that we can turn this divided, hateful ship around and be a people for which all of its citizens can live without fear or dangerous conflict.

In November, I hope that the majority of U.S. citizens will vote for indivisibility, inclusiveness, equality and justice for all. For the rest of the world, please send us your best wishes and prayers for a better tomorrow. We sorely need it.

29 responses to Indivisible, One Nation

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Thank you for having the courage, the passion and the love of all people necessary to write this, Mary. I hope this message reaches people and plants the seeds of empathy and understanding that seems lacking in so many.

    I hope you have a wonderful week.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Dan, I am so sad, disappointed and angry at the state of our country right now and how divisive we have become with our current leadership. There is no compassion in the White House for all people of this country and the hate speeches serve no purpose other than for those who enjoy engaging in bad behavior and misguided idealism. The President has chosen to basically ignore the pandemic when he gathers supporters from red zone states to engage in an ego suporting rally in a state that has a low percentage of COVID. So irresponsible, such a disregard for human life. It’s shameful.

  2. animar64 says:

    I’ve read some anecdotes where Trump’s supporters told members of the Lakota tribe who were protesting at Rushmore to ” go home “. I’m just, you know beyond disgusted at this point.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I read that too and thought, “How stupid, they ARE home!” and then I ended it with a “Geezuz!” This is why Trump keeps getting away with his insane shenanigans – because he has followers who are either uninformed, insane or hateful. It is beyond belief.

    • Marleen says:

      I’m so glad you mentioned that. They were on treaty land, another broken treaty (broken by the white people in power, as usual, who initiated the treaty).

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Michael. Between reading about the history of racism in this country, the pandemic and Trump’s irresponsible and hateful behavior, I’ve simply had enough. This can’t end soon enough.

      • Michael says:

        Fingers crossed November brings the change at the top that’s required_!

  3. Maggie says:

    Beautiful and articulate. Our country is in crisis and we have Zero leadership. Thank you for stating so eloquently what many of us are struggling with every day.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Maggie. I tend to stay away from posting about politics, but I’m too angry now to be quiet about how we have a completely inept President and so much hate and intolerance in this country. It simply hurts my entire being.

      • Maggie says:

        I am similar in that I try to keep my blog light and positive. But this time and place needs voices to rise up. It is such a volatile time. It hurts me to the core.

  4. Mary J, I don’t speak out much either. I already have my “issues” and no resources to protect myself. But… I’ve never given this one the title — it was not earned. It’s just Number 45. That election was widely acknowledged by every relevant oversight as being hacked. It should have been declared null and void. All we have is a squatter in the Oval Office.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I cannot give him the title either. While he was running in 2016 and many saying he would not be elected, I had an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach. I literally cried the day after he was elected, but even I didn’t know how bad this would get.

  5. I am surprised at how many people DON’T agree with you. It’s hard for me to rationalize anyone sane who can still justify supporting this fat baby Stalin in office.

  6. Paula Light says:

    I just read that this fuckhead gave a shoutout to General CUSTER and played some death march song at Mt. R. He is beyond disgusting

  7. catladymac says:

    Amen Sister. My favorite part was the Trumpettes yelling “Go Home !” at the Sioux protesters, and them shouting back “We ARE home !”

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I am astounded at that kind of unintelligent and bigoted nonsense from Trump supporters. Not surprised, just astounded.

  8. Jen Goldie says:

    I cry for your nation every time I see this kind of post. Frankly I’m tired of reading about it.
    I pray to GOD it ends soon!
    I’m sorry but write an ending to this dystopian novel.

  9. JoAnna says:

    Thank you for this post. I agree with your well written points. It’s scary and baffling that people still support 45. I appreciate the clarification on fascism, because the phrase, “antifa” has confused me. Being anti-fascist is a good thing. I’m realizing that antifa are militant antifascists. Can’t help but wonder what role our current administration has played in reinforcing the demonizing of antifascists. I love this: “We are one nation, but we need to act like it. We need to have leadership that brings us together, not tears us apart. We need to save each other rather than harm or kill one another.”

    • bikerchick57 says:

      JoAnna, you are welcome. Our administration demonizes all that is socially good, ethical, moral and law abiding. He really is the devil who has a following of Christians willing to eat an apple or those who are simply of his mindset. It is scary and God help us all if he finds his way back in for another 4 years. God help us!

  10. joey says:

    ❤ Great post. I am numb beyond any expression, and can't word properly about it, but yes, and hell yes, and so much yes ma'am, indeed.
    I loved the feature photo of MY America.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Many times I am also without words, but this one came roaring out. I’m mad, Joey, truly mad, and I pray we can move on from the insanity in January.

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