I am saddened, actually sick, of how the US is diverging from the values that make us great. I was born American and brought up American. As a child, every day in school I said these words. I believe these words!
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic, for which it stands, one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for ALL.
For this group I use the 1945 version! Few Americans haven’t said these words. I think the vast majority actually believe or at least want to believe them.
“ALL” today includes:
- Our African Americans,
- Our Muslims born in the USA or immigrants,
- Our white WASP males,
- Our women,
- Our native Americans
- Our members of the LBGTQ,
- Our rural, struggling and displaced,
- Our refugees and immigrants from all nations,
- Our police,
- Our Latinos,
- Our less well educated,
- Our Republicans, our Democrats, and the President too,
- Our people of every religion,
- Our homeless,
- Our rich and our poor,
To sum it up, if you are homo-sapiens you are in.
My great sorrow is to see us diverging further from our patriotic values. Some of my sorrow is due to the fact that I am naïve. I always believed in those words I was taught. It never occurred to me that others have had or may have a more limited definition of “all”. We might disagree on how united we have been in the past, but there is no doubt we are moving further and further away from these values as evidenced, every day, by increasingly divisive rhetoric and increasing polarization within our society.
I am over-joyed to have recently joined this church. I see so many wonderful people, with wonderful values doing wonderful things. It has helped me to crystalize my OWN values. I see many things clearer. I have learned so much from all of you. I am compelled to try to make a difference. To remind us ALL, homo-sapiens, to aspire to these very American patriotic values- one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for ALL.
I am preparing a proposal to use courage, kindness and respect to help close divides and change the dividing rhetoric, so prevalent in our country today, to uniting rhetoric. Every day the dividing rhetoric takes us further from our goals of positive change. The dividing rhetoric is hurting (seriously hurting) every justice movement in progress today!
The initial outline of this proposal embodies the values of this church demonstrated by our members. Courage as demonstrated by Eleanor Howe in Africa, kindness – to only ask and expect people to do “ their best, in their circumstances and in their time” (Susie Wood), and there is “nothing better than good people doing good work and having fun doing it” (Scott Rudolph). AND MANY MANY MORE. Every interaction I have in this church makes me better, stronger, and happier. That is true JOY!
I hope you will support this. I would welcome help from people with:
- A passion for kindness and respect – That is YOU if your stomach is beginning to turn when you hear the divisive angry rhetoric of movements for which you support. FOR ME, that is the women’s movement. I was all in until I heard some of the language and it made me pause.
- Technology skills- social media usage, conf calls, collaborative document development, email, website, etc.
- Graphic design skills.
- Communications skills (providing guidelines for communicating kindly and respectfully).
- Diverse perspectives to make our approach as compelling as possible to ALL!
Changing the rhetoric will get us back on track towards one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
It is a joy to be working on it. Come join me! If you join me, you will never be asked to give more than you can comfortably and want to give. As I have learned from Susie, ask for people to do their best, in their circumstances and time.
GREAT SORROW leads to GREAT JOY when you do something about it.
Feel free to email me at email@example.com