Ideas and Ideals

Ideas and Ideals

Adrienne BoettingerFriday,27 March 2015

What do you want people to think about America? That the notion of the ignorant American is justified? That we fight to make laws that allow us to discriminate against people in the name of religion? That we incarcerate more people than any other country on earth? That we care more about gun rights than we do about gun deaths? That we vilify anyone who is different? That we keep the powerful empowered and the poor impoverished? That we allow one in five of our children to go without food? That we poison our water and land and give tax breaks to the corporations that do most of the polluting? That our leaders care more about beating their opponents in their own government than they do about the people they were elected to represent?

Despite my many railings against Congress and general ‘Murican jackassery, I dearly love this country. I’m not blind to the scads of problems we bring upon ourselves and the flaws that run throughout our society. But I love the idea of America. The idea of a country that was founded to welcome those who felt they weren’t welcome elsewhere. The idea of a country established on the premise that all people are created equal. The idea of a country where one person’s faith is not allowed to dictate the life of someone else.

America is promise. Promise that we can and will do better. Promise that we will leave this land better than we found it. Promise that we will work hard and play hard and take care of each other. Promise that the decisions we make will be done with the goal of bettering the lives of our children and our children’s children.

That is how I want to think of my country and that is how I want others to think of it too.

So to Indiana’s governor and elected officials who decided to join the other states legalizing discrimination in the name of faith, I say who in the hell do you think you are? ‘Cuz you ain’t American. You’re just ignorant.

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