Some days, some weeks, I simply want to stand in the middle of a forest and scream a primal scream. The kind that lets out all of my frustration and disappointment about what’s going on in America.
These past few days have been no exception.
Linda G. Hill asked bloggers to write about “sky’s the limit,” and I make note that democracy and freedom allow us to follow our dreams and aspire to higher ground. However, there are those who should not point skyward in their beliefs or actions; those who perhaps don’t know what limits are when it comes to bad behavior; those that need serious psychological and cognitive therapy before they become a stain on their country; those that can’t reach for the sky because they are too entrenched in hell.
The world witnessed what happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th and I cannot say loud enough what an embarrassment that was to our country and the level-headed, peaceful citizens who are hopeful for unity and deliverance from an angry, ego-driven President and his mob.
Let me say that I do not hold specific political and religious preferences, or taste in movies and music against anyone. We all have the right to vote as we wish, to worship as we choose and to enjoy the things that bring us happiness. We live in a democracy, one that was built on its people and a history that wasn’t always tasteful.
When America was born, white people owned black slaves, which continued into the late 1800’s, and morphed into the Jim Crow Laws of the south and the redlining of communities all over the country. American Indians were pushed onto reservations, being considered heathens and not worthy of their own freedom. Our country fought a Civil War, which never quite healed from its divide. As a country, we came together to fight two World Wars, but found division on the merits of the Viet Nam War, at a time when the Civil Rights Movement was a continuing effort to end systemic racism.
Of course, there are great moments in American history with the genius of inventors, the inspiration of the liberal arts, the end of public segregation, the promise of medical advancements, the creation of new business, and more. This is “sky’s the limit” territory, the place where we never stop achieving for the good of the community and the country; where good people make life better for all.
What happened on January 6th reflected how low and abhorrent people can be in their own skin. To storm the steps of the Capitol wearing shirts that proclaim six million Jews killed in World War II wasn’t enough, to glorify Auschwitz in the same manner, to go shirtless in the halls of the building with a painted face and Viking hat, and to break windows and put dirty feet on the desk of a political representative convey to me that we have to put a cap on this kind of behavior – quickly, swiftly and justly. These are the type of people that erode democracy, not make it better. If this is their idea of making America great again, they are headed in the wrong direction with a warped sense of thought.
Hey America, the election was not rigged! There is no evidence of huge voter fraud that would sway the results. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won fair and square. The majority of citizens do not want Donald Trump as their President and can you really blame them? I wonder why so many people voted for him and if they still stand by him today, after all that has happened since the election. He has fed the country a lot of bull and many believed him, believed his hateful words, believed the news was fake except if it was on Fox, Covid was going to magically disappear and that the election was stolen. Donald Trump has shown himself to be immoral and unethical and right now, I believe he is psychologically unhinged because he never learned to humbly accept loss. He learned to fire people and call people losers, but cannot stand the thought that a majority of Americans do not want him in the White House. That is how a democracy works – one day you’re in, the next day you’re out because people have the ability to change its leaders with a vote.
Again, I want to say that I don’t care if you vote Republican, Democrat, Independent or other. We’ll continue to have political parties and political differences. What I have a problem with is when a President or other political leader behaves badly and incites division, hate, racism and sedition with an irresponsible use of speech and social media. I have a problem when people condone that behavior. I have a problem when groups like KKK and Proud Boys feel empowered enough to take to the streets with weapons in the name of patriotism. I have a problem when groups of people feel empowered to illegally enter government buildings and vandalize them. I have a problem when individuals within law enforcement treat hate groups better than peaceful BLM protesters. I have a problem when there is continued rhetoric by political leaders and the community at large that encourage continuation of divisive and hateful behavior. I have a problem when people can’t bring themselves to wear a mask and stay socially distanced in the middle of a pandemic because their “leader” has been an irresponsible example. I have a problem with so much right now.
So, yes, I want to scream in the middle of the forest, but decided to ramble here instead. It’s not as noisy and I don’t attract bears.
What I want to leave you with is the understanding that the “sky’s the limit” when it comes to truly making a country great again. Think of what we could be if we became united instead of divided; if we ended systemic racism; if we got a grip on the pandemic so people could go back to work and small businesses could thrive again; if we took care of our planet and loved each and every one of our neighbors; if, by enlightenment, we changed people’s hearts from being selfish and hateful to selfless and loving; if, by education, we formed intelligent, thoughtful opinions that led to great discussion; if we value civilized dialogue instead of hate speech; if we ended poverty and provided health care for everyone. Wouldn’t that truly make America a promised land, one of respect and greatness?
It sounds like a made-up happy ending to a fairy tale right now, but I have continued hope that people and civilization can change if they so choose, with a little determination and a lot of work. We have to be willing to reach past the sky, for the stars, and do it as one people, one community, one nation, under one flag.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
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