“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we erect ourselves.” Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America
What unites us as a nation is far greater than what divides us. What unites us as a people, the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, is the foundation of the Bill of Rights that makes this country the shining role model other nations strive to follow. The maturation of progress of a society calls for independent thinkers to hold their leaders accountable to guide us by the ever-changing rule of law based in sound public policy for the benefit of bringing the tenets of the Bill of Rights to life for all Americans, not just a few. We cannot allow fear to stifle our voices when it comes to furthering the protection of basic human rights, silence cannot be the answer when these fundamental truths are being threatened.
The human mind is a powerful thing. We have the ability to use our minds and imaginations to unify, build up this world through compassion and innovate to further the greatness of humanity. Or, on the other hand, we also have the ability to use our intellect to divide and become a destructive force in a world. As Reagan stated, there are no walls around the human spirit and no barriers to progress except those that we erect ourselves. Ask yourself what is the American dream that so many have fought for and given their lives to protect? It is a set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which many of us have come to take for granted until it is threatened in some way. For democracy to thrive, we all have to play by the same rules. Freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work for everyone not some. And when that freedom is challenged by individuals who benefit through preaching hatred and division, be wary but do not be afraid to speak up to protect this most precious gift. We may not all agree, but where conversations begin we can come to an understanding where we give voice to the voiceless with progress in mind.
For it is freedom and the protection of humanity as a whole that is the ultimate goal. And when we all come together to stand for what we believe in, then we will come to a place where we can better form a more perfect union of equals where life can be much better for everyone, as James Truslow Adams stated in 1931, “with opportunity for each according to ability and achievement regardless of socail class or circumstances at birth.” I have always felt a deep affinity for connections with so many kinds of people. Look around you, these are your brothers and sisters. Each one of us wants to believe that the future is bright. Each one of wants to believe in a playing field where we can all use out talents to make a difference in this world. And we want a leader who honors the same. When there are those who act to only benefit their own bottom line without regard for the Constitution that sets out the formula for success, then we, as Americans, are responsible to hold those few accountable in honor of the fallen and their legacy and their dream. For “We the People” are what makes the United States of America great and this should never be forgotten as we begin anew, women and men standing together as we all rise. Many lights shining together will push out the darkness.