I am working on a number of upcoming posts but in the middle of considering them events have lead me to the need of contracting my representatives in the U.S. Congress. Of late I have taken up this practice as it is necessary for the body politic to ensure that their voices are being hear. This time I have decided that I will share what I have communicated. This can now be found below. Please feel free to take these words and use them in communication with your representatives.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that 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”
When these words were written it is without little doubt that many of the issues of today would have been inconceivable to the Founding Fathers. Yet, that fact is generally unimportant, and irrelevant. What is important is that in our Declaration of Independence it was codified by the writers that this nation would be built and maintained with the principle that the body politic (the people) of this nation, and more than that, all people, have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Built and maintained with the principle that this nation should ever move forward to obtain greater rights to the greatest number of people. The Founders did not state in this Declaration that only white, middle aged, Christian, men had theres rights; but rather that all men (in the archaic sense) had these rights.
Let us fast forward to today. This government has seemed to have forgotten this basic foundational principle. The actions of the current President, the GOP, and yourself, through real action and silence, seem far interested in advancing a principle of exclusion than inclusion. When the party in power preaches ideology that seeks to ‘other’ those that do not look, talk, love, worship, or live, like them, that party is not living up to the highest ideals that founded this nation. Hiding behind token tropes of ‘states rights’ and ‘individual rights’ is a corruption of is high moral call to action that the Founding Fathers asked for.
Wherefore, I pose this question: Who do your serve? All citizens of the State regardless of what the look like, how they talk, who they love, how the worship, or how they live? In doing so upholding those high principles of this nation and State? Or do you serve an ideology of hate and fear, an ideology voiced by the President that has also been used to divide nations, and destroy whole peoples, by the worst nations and governments the world has ever seen? Who do you serve, what do you serve, how will you be remembered?