Thursday, June 30, 2005

We Must Once Again Become Americans

Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment. The unity of government which constitutes you one people, is also now dear to you. It is justly so: for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize... The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts, of common dangers, sufferings, and successes. - George Washington

The first thing that stands out when I read this statement that George Washington wrote in his farewell letter, is that the unity of the government constitutes us one people. The reason it stands out is because I think there has never been a time of more divisiveness within our country since the Civil War. We are a nation of equals and yet we are divided.

Red states and blue states are still fresh in my mind though people have gone back to their normal lives for a couple more years. But too soon, we will again be divided at the seams into Republicans and Democrats with seemingly no room in-between. When you start a sentence with 'those republicans' or 'those democrats', aren't you automatically dividing up a nation? Everyday, you read about another division in the news. You are either for abortion or against it, for the war or against it, for the right to die or against it, all with precious little ground in the middle. The seams of our nation are being torn apart and a once great nation is being divided into warring factions.

We need to unify ourselves and become AMERICANS once again. We need to accept the majority as the will of the nation and move on rather than plot how to overturn, reinterpret, or elect an office that will vote the way of the minority. We need to hold those who speak 'for' our nation with the minority view accountable for their actions. If the majority opposes war, then by no means should a minority take us to war, if a majority is pro choice, we must not stack a court for the sole purpose of overturning Roe versus Wade. As a nation, our patriotism no longer has pride to back it up. Instead, we are factions of spoiled people upset because 'our way' is not the way of the majority.

Once as a nation, we stood up as one people and were unified against a king who enacted laws based off 'his way' and not the way of the majority. We gained independence and liberty because of joint councils, joint efforts, common dangers, common sufferings and common successes. Citizens of our newly formed nation, believed so much in liberty and unity that they gave their lives on bloody fields so that we could be free. We did not gain independence by being a divided nation and if we are to be a great nation once again, we must once again, become AMERICANS.

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