When I think about the climate in America today, being unified as a nation is not where we stand. History has a way of repeating itself. Looking back there are many examples of when society has experienced upheaval, hate, lack of civility, and outright cruelty towards humanity. I recently had a conversation with my aunt (my biological mother’s twin sister that I call my “Auntie Mom”) and she said she fears that America could face another civil war if we are not careful. I believe there are many things we can do to help bring peace and healing, but one thing that must be done is for all of us to VOTE and make sure our voices are heard.
We are in a season where our country needs healing. I am a strong proponent of the power of forgiveness and that forgiving others or situations are part of the process of healing. However, it is just as important for truth, justice, conversation, understanding and love to prevail for lasting forgiveness and healing to take place. Oftentimes when we get comfortable, we fall asleep. It is time for all of us to wake up and stay “woke.” Part of being woke is to research and understand the issues and the candidates for the upcoming election and vote to make your voice be heard. We can’t allow ourselves to sit on the sidelines and not participate in the process and then complain when things don’t turn out the way we hope.
We must not give in, we must fight and remember our fundamental and core values as a country and as a people. America was founded on the principle that all men (women) were created equal. We are made up of immigrants that came here either by force or choice, but as citizens we believe we have inherent rights and should be protected under the provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For these rights to continue we must make sure our voices are heard in the halls of Congress and in the voting booth. I feel in my heart of hearts the world is made up with more people that have good hearts and compassion for others than those filled with hate. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “For evil to succeed, all it needs is for good men to do nothing.”
There’s much debate around the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Was America ever great? There is no doubt that America has come a long way since 1776, but it still has a way to go to be considered great by the masses. Part of the process includes all of us going to the polls and voting for what is best for our country and all its citizens. Don’t buy the lie that your vote doesn’t matter or count because it does. Don’t take the midterm elections lightly. “Make America Great” could be considered a contradiction in terms, but “Make America Great Now” is something we can achieve together if we are willing to take a stand. Historically when things turned around for the good it happened when people united together for the common good.
Many before us laid their lives on the line for us to have the opportunity and right to vote. How dare we let their lives be given in vain. The Fifteenth Amendment adopted in 1870 was outlined to give everyone the right to vote, but it would take the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. Let’s not allow the clocks to be rolled back. There are no excuses vote! #Vote
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