The Shackled: Will You Stand or Will You Sit?

oppression, enslavement

Will you stand up for the oppressed? Will you really?

Would you courageously face the unabashed wrongfulness perpetrated by the status quo, and say NO to the hands of power and prominence that seek to destroy those who are exploited or destitute?

Could you stand silently and watch self-loathing tormentors shackle, cripple and dehumanize a targeted populace, and be comfortable with that?

Will you stand up to defend those who suffer from grave injustices, or will you sit down, muted, and spectate as the injustices unfold?

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With Liberty and Justice for All?

Liberty, Statue of Liberty, Democracy, Justice

Is democracy in our country really under siege? Are we truly paying attention to how the freedoms we gallantly sing about are slipping through our hands like water? Is there a diabolical motive undermining our current state of independence, creeping up on us, and going unnoticed?

It was so disheartening to read and hear about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to purge people who haven’t voted in the past two years. They refer to it as “Use It or Lose it.” It’s only been 53 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

An attack on a law designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution leaves one to question how soon other amendments will be compromised as well.

Liberty, Democracy, Justice

There has been much concern about outside forces tampering with the foundation of our democracy, but what about inside conspirators, breaking down the code of ethics that once stood for something real and promising, for the good of all people and not a select few?

Who can you trust to tell you the truth or genuinely try to protect “We the People” anymore? So much is at stake and many wonder if anyone is bothering to pay attention to adhering to good ethics or even showing more compassion anymore. Liberty and justice for all? Do we really have to question this again? 😦

What Side of Conviction Do You Stand On?

Just when you think things will peacefully pause in our strong, divisive stands on issues, we have seen mounting clashes with people from opposing sides. The more we try to find some common ground to see how we can work together for the good of all people, we somehow grow increasing divided. Let’s face it, everyone seems to be pissed off about something (excuse my phonics). I find that the more peeved people are, the more rebellious things become. In all honesty, I’ve seen the true colors of many people I thought were upright in spirit, show a disdainfully horrifying side.

People on the right demonize people on the left and people on the left demonize people on the right. Our attitudes remind me of a portion of the lyrics from the 1968 release by Harry Nilsson “Everybody’s Talkin.” Here are a few of those lyrics:

Everybody’s talking at me
I don’t hear a word they’re saying
Only the echoes of my mind

People stopping, staring
I can’t see their faces
Only the shadows of their eyes

What do you genuinely base your convictions on? Is it for popularity, ego, the need for more power, imbalanced prestige, or survival? Does such conviction lead to immorality or compromised ethical standards? Are your convictions based on a lie that you spin to make others believe that it’s the truth?

What do you stand for? What convicts you? For what purpose and commitment do you have to support your convictions? If your convictions are met with merit, filled with the love God the Father and not god the superficial, and if you stand with courage during difficult times on behalf of love, life, liberty and justice, then you’re on your way to stand boldly where your mere presence shatters the face of hatred, bitterness and injustice. Stand for the human in humanity.

How to Appreciate Celebrating the 4th of July

Independence Day!

So often, the citizens of our country get quite frustrated and annoyed when foreigners do not learn or understand our customs. The funny thing is, or probably not so funny, is the fact that so many Americans do not know a few simple, yet crucial patriotic things that we should have learned, retained and practiced since we were youngsters. If you do not know this vital information about the United States of America, whether you are a natural born citizen or someone who became a citizen, then it behooves you to learn it.

Pledge of Allegiance (an oath of loyalty to the national flag and the republic of the United States of America, originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892. It should be recited while standing at attention with the right hand over the heart; military personnel must salute.) http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm.

My Country Tis of Thee  http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh697.sht.

Oh Beautiful http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/b/obfsskis.htm.

The Star Spangled Banner (U.S. National Anthem) http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/spangle.htm.

How can we expect others to respect our country if we don’t know it’s history and respect it ourselves! So today, empower yourself! Celebrate the 4th of July with a newfound exuberance and confidence. If you don’t learn all of the musical stanzas, at least learn the first. Stand tall and be proud!