THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From Our Readers
Issue Date: May 5, 2022
Our American democracy is currently under assault by those who believe that something else should control our lives. As we struggle every day to repair a damaged and weakening political and economic system while feeding our families with dwindling resources there are those who choose instead to argue ideological extremism while erasing our support systems and strengthening their power and wealth. Is that American patriotism or is that war profiteering? We nearly became an American version of Russia on 01/06/21 as deluded and misled Americans assaulted our capital building and our national example of American democratic choice and majority rule.
We need our best leaders to stand up and defend our most precious commodity, our American democracy. We need our best team players to get off the bench and help us win our ancient game of freedom for all people. Not just for the American but also for Ukrainian freedom. Not just for some people but for all people. This is about sharing, not keeping freedom for all people.
And when this inning is won we must then look around to see who else is under assault. Our American game is 250 years old. Ukraine's game of independence is only 31 years old. They are the rookies playing their best game and beating an ancient enemy of democracy. And yet Ukraine is vigorously defending freedom while we are actually legislating our freedoms away. The most stunning fact is that there are those of us who actually support leaders who are actively erasing our American freedoms. I can almost see our Arlington cemetery soldiers sitting up and saying "what the #*#*! are you doing. Did I give you my most precious gift for nothing? Please be willing to pay the cost of freedom with your participation and your personal sacrifice for others!"
In short, no more helpless talking about your personal irritations. No more promoting conspiracy theories that are not based on fact (you know like Russian propaganda). No more supporting leaders that promote unhealthy public policy or who actively demolish our existing voting rights in order to strengthen their political power or personal wealth (you know like Russian politicians). Each of us is personally responsible for healthy public behavior, for supporting leaders that devise publicly healthy policy and for encouraging legislators that create laws that help us to achieve publicly healthy living.
Each vote counts, especially yours. Vote your conscience, for your family , your neighbors, our fellow world-wide Americans. Vote out the destroyers of American freedom. Vote in the supporters of American freedom. Don't wait. Just do it.
As we have won and are winning our American freedom we must also help others win theirs. This is the American democracy that we cherish, nourish, and share.
Let's live up to the example that our ancestors set. They gave to us and then shared with the world our most precious commodity, American Democratic Freedom.
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