today the speeches will seem abit quieter with more empty words. the parades will seem full of people all dressed up with no place to go. the twitterlutionaries will seem alittle more ridiculous with their pictures of guns and camos and other comic book images. the fireworks will glow alittle more dim tonite as they explode in images of red, white and blue. instead of declaring our independence this year we seem intent on accepting dependence for our country once again. but the oppressors are different today. they are not from another country afar dictating our lives. they are not enforced by an armed military following the orders of a leader in another country. the enemy lies within. it is us.
we are relenting to a far more dangerous enemy than an invading army. we are surrendering to a much more damaging thing than bullets, bombs or armored vehicles rolling across our country. we are giving in to the slow disintegration of america and the deterioration of our morals, values and sense of who we are. we are destroying ourselves from within. we are indeed losing our independence to ourselves. we are giving up a high standard of who we are and accepting something much, much less.
we are allowing ourselves to become victims of racism and the deep divide of inequality in this country. we are being convinced we are the most unjust, racist and bigoted country on the planet. we are allowing a few to convince us all that we cannot live in peace together as americans unless there is a revolution and injustices of generations ago be brought forward once again and made correct by reversing those injustices by inflicting on the perceived supremists the very injustices that are being loudly protested. we are introducing yet another generation to the concept of black vs. white and the prejudices that come with that concept. we have failed to accept the fact that only our next generation can end racism and it is our duty to them to teach them well that all men are indeed created equal and all men and women should have the same opportunities in this country. the same opportunities...not less, not more. the same. we are still shackled by lines of color and ethnicity. we are still the slaves of our own oppression and our own bigotry.
we are not free. we are still held in the chains of poverty and hunger in this country. millions of men, women and children are held in the bondage of a powerful enemy called poverty. they fight daily not for their freedom from this enemy but to only survive another day with a roof over their family and for the food they put on the table every nite. over a million homeless individuals are held in their situation by a government who professes to help them while at the same time holding them in a perpetual state of dependence for their very survival. an administration who professes to helping the poor by giving them their economic freedom by improving the economy does so by creating jobs that are inferior to the ones we once knew both in skill level and wages. we have allowed ourselves to become the servants of an economy that dims in comparison to the ones that made our country great and gave us all the freedom of being a proud and independent country where we all could live and thrive on a daily basis.
we have surrendered our very freedom in our daily lives. we have become the slaves of intolerance and political correctness. we have become dependent on the notion that we cannot express or practice our own religious and moral beliefs due to the fact that we will somehow offend other groups that do not want acceptance or tolerance of their own individual beliefs, but want nothing less than the destruction and disintegration of our own. they do not want coexistence but will settle for nothing less than the survival and forced acceptance of their own particular beliefs at the expense of ours.
i think the most damaging loss of freedom and acceptance of once again becoming the servants of something less is the one we face daily. we no longer have the freedom of our own community. we fear each other. we kill each other. we no longer accept each other. we are in bondage to ourselves. every day and every nite the freedom that was fought for is being chipped away by another murder, another senseless massacre and another city in flames. we are held hostage by our own senseless, useless and ultimately self destructive violence...to each other.
we can take heart that it is not too late. today we are still free to reverse the course that the country is on. we still have the freedom to shake these chains of injustice and poverty and intolerance from our shoulders and once again celebrate our independence. that is the freedom our ancestors fought for. the freedom of choice. we still have that choice. we can change things. we can still let freedom ring across this country. the question is...will we.
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