Happy 4th of July

….Well, for most of us.  Before I explain, I want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July.  We live in the best country in the world and I feel honored to live here, enjoying freedom, standard of living and privileges much of the world cannot imagine.

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Earlier today, I had a conversation, I think,  with a friend in a local coffee shop.  While civil on my side, they made every effort to insult each and every person in local government, state government, the POTUS and everyone in between.  I didn’t agree, so the hostility neared “saliva spitting” levels, vocal enough to make the next table leave the shop.  Voters don’t have it right, those elected to represent us don’t have it right and everyone not agreeing with this person (coffee shop acquaintance) must be criminal…or patently stupid.  Those were his words or the equivalent, not mine.

After 15 minutes of trying to exert civility, I finally left, but the holiday seemed such an odd day for this conversation!  I hope we all remember “WE” live in the same country and “WE” have a government elected to represent all of us.  Whether or not we agree politically, recognizing our system and respecting the country is something I feel should be universally accepted/expected.  Yes, the media is becoming polarized and, depending on your political view, I could probably tell you which major station you choose to hear.  I say “HEAR” because I’m as guilty as the next person and simply turn off the things I begin to see as biased.  The key is in recognizing both sides of biased reporting.  We should all make a conscious effort to just be “Americans”.  I hope we all begin to recognize the importance of seeing our country as “OUR” country with an inclusive “OUR”.

Happy 4th of July, 2018.  May you all enjoy today and celebrate the freedoms we have in the greatest country in the world.  I’m thinking about The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and it’s wording….”I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  We all, I think, still live in the same country and a quiet talk over coffee shouldn’t turn into something impossible for people with different political views.

 

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