My hopes for my country

On this, the 240th anniversary of American independence, these are my hopes for my country:usflag

  • That all of its people value truth and resist falsehood. While it’s fashionable to distrust “experts,” the problem isn’t too many experts. It’s that the experts’ stories aren’t hitting home.
  • That we recognize our place in the world: not acting the part of the 800-pound gorilla, not hiding behind a wall, but collaborating and leading by example.
  • That we’re all safe as we go about our daily lives. Safe from terrorists, yes, but especially safe from Americans with too many guns and too little sense.
  • That no black parent ever again has to give their child “the talk” about how to keep from being shot.
  • That everyone who comes here to live, work, or study — regardless of where they’re from, what they believe, or who they love — knows they’re welcome.
  • That our attitudes and actions toward each other, and toward the rest of the world, are never rooted in fear.
  • That we elect leaders who are better than we deserve.

We can have all of this if we, collectively, want it badly enough. For a long time I assumed that we did. Now I’m not so sure. I pray that we’ll find the will.

What are your hopes for the U.S.? I’d love to hear from you, wherever in the world you live.

2 thoughts on “My hopes for my country

  1. radaghastblog

    We Americans are entering the fight of our lives—a battle for the survival of democratic ideas and rights in America. The origins of this struggle lie in America’s failure to resolve the issue of the racism which is a residue of slavery. The White Nationalist plan is to throw away our inclusive, multi-ethnic culture and substitute instead a whites-on-top authoritarian, fascist state. Apartheid in America.

    On this Fourth of July we celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Britain. But we must always remember that document was and is a pledge to ourselves and our children, a promise to create and maintain a land where “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

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    1. Larry Kunz Post author

      Agreed. It isn’t that we’ve attained that ideal. It’s that each generation commits to moving our nation closer to the ideal. If moving closer means having to fight, then so be it.

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