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When Rights and Duties Come Together
As a child growing up in the 1950's I was educated in the common style and method of patriotism and prayer. The phrase, "under God" was added to our pledge to allegiance to the flag while I was in school. We stood and made the pledge at least once a week, perhaps every day, which ever it was I remember pondering on one extremely hot and humid day, "How many times am I gonna have to say this before it's enough? I've said it so many times I think that my word isn't respected when I have to repeat the same thing again and again." You know, I still feel this way today. I have raised my hand and pledged to give my life up for my country as a military member of the legion, the United States of America has my loyalty from now until my death. I don't believe I have to repeat this over and over for the world to see, because it resides within me. Forever and ever, amen...
With this perspective in mind, let me say that I believe that we're in dire straits these days and that everyone needs to study up. Learn the history because right now we are being tricked into trading our Liberty for safety. I believe that our forefathers would not be pleased about that. I have in the past been in communication with those who are working hard, very hard, to bring us around, put our ship going in the right direction. It should be more important to find our similarities that it is to flaunt our differences. If we keep pushing each other around, then it will be easy for us to be pressed down as a larger group by those who have the money and power to do that.
So, as an elder and a veteran, it is my duty to inform you that we have wolves at the door and they are hiding behind the face of kindness. When your enemy presents a fierce face, at least you know you are seeing your enemy. When someone presents you with a kind face and does ill toward you, then you are seeing another enemy. But, will you know it in time? No, probably not. It is this problem that makes it necessary to have laws and written rights. Your Rights must be My Rights, too, or this democracy won't work. No one can be treated as a lessor citizen or this democracy can't work. It is our Duty to fix our society so that everyone is treated the same. We are NOT the same, but we should have the same Rights under the law. Another important tenet is that your Rights can not infringe my Rights, or democracy won't work.
If I were given the choice between the Right to Vote or the Right to my Religion, I would choose the Right to Vote because then I would have powers to regain my Right to practice my Religion. Some People don't realize that some people were fleeing Europe to be freed from the oppressive religions being practiced during the 1700's. People were being burned at the stake and vicious torture was being carried out on people who were only guilty of practicing their relgion in a different way. Actually, our world is still suffering from such madness.
Then, came this unique place that promised to have us be freed of filth, hatred and suspicion. The Colonies. A mystical, magical place that actually already had people who were to be mistreated as the people fleeing their old countries invaded their lands. We are still a boiling cauldron of beliefs, languages and dreams. Let us continue to fight the good fight to improve our world and way of life. Our world needs US now, more than ever before to be fair in our dealings with others and to project the good light before US. We can do this. It is possible.
A few years ago, back when Obama was still in command, 2012, I was sent this document soliciting my support and my consideration. I don't know where the original email is at this moment, but I present this unique and important document for your pondering. This document presents an update to our original document that is not quite 300 years old. We are still a young nation, compared to many of those in Europe, so we should be able to be bendable and flexible enough to change as needed. So, without too much more fanfare, here's the link for that document.
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