America was a land of the free and her citizens were allowed to choose whatever beliefs they chose to believe in. That is not true anymore. America is failing and her freedoms have eroded.
One of America’s most cherished freedom was freedom of speech. Now it is one of the most restricted parts of being in America. You must walk on eggshells and tippy-toe around others for fear of “offending them”. I’m waiting to see when word offenses become jail time events.
Even if you said or did something decades ago that is now not considered PC (politically correct), you are shunned, yes, shunned for it. You can lose your job, your place in society . . . everything but your freedom. When will that happen? When will we lock up those who dare to speak something different from what is demanded of Americans?
Then there’s the matter of pride. We can have black pride . . . “Black is Beautiful” is a slogan from the not too distant past. But if you dare speak of being proud of white heritage, you are immediately attacked. You’re shouted at that you’re a white supremist or a Zionist or whatever the person who is suddenly offended by your mere suggestion that you have a reason to be proud of your race, just as African Americans have a right to be proud of their race. No. For some reason, in this country, which was founded by mostly white people, white people must now be ashamed of their skin color.
I also see statues being destroyed, and today that is acceptable. It is a part of the heritage of this country. It is a reminder of when the country tried civil war and a reminder of many things that we do not need to forget. Someone said those who forget history tend to repeat it. I don’t think we need to destroy things that were designed to remind us of this country’s history.
We also take pride in those who struggle to do well. I saw a long article on a Down Syndrome child who was succeeding as a model and wondered why we don’t ever do long articles on a brilliant child who is succeeding? Our Academically Gifted school programs are mostly gone, but we have one on one programs for mentally deficient children in our schools. We hire at least one teacher in every school to teach non-English speaking children the English language, but we do not do anything for the brightest children we have.
I may get in trouble for writing this. I may lose followers. But let me share something with you that is how we treated differences of opinions when America was free. We walked away. If I begin to read something that doesn’t agree with MY beliefs, I quit reading it. If someone talks in a manner or about certain things I don’t believe in, I walk away or do not engage that person in conversation.
Everyone is not the same in America. If anything, our diversity is greater than any country in the world’s. It was what made us unique and what introduced us to different opinions, different religions, different cultures. Now? Now we must all agree, or something is wrong with the one who isn’t falling into step with all the rest.
I see something dangerously wrong in that.