For all of those on both sides of the aisle, I believe in my country. I am not blind to the problems that we face, nor am I blind to our history. Our real history not the glossed over, everything is perfect history. For all of our faults and blemishes. For all of our differences, perceived and real. For all of our wonderful and amazing immigrants, (technically we are all immigrants here, just depends on how long you have been here).
The people of this country are what can make it great. We could have such a wonderfully bright future if we don’t forget one of the most basic truths written into our Preamble to the Constitution.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
“We the people… in order to form a more perfect union”.
No one person is perfect, nor is any nation perfect. But the most basic goal of any person or country is to keep working on getting better.
I am not always proud of the things that are done in my name by my government. Nor am I always proud of those people that represent the governing bodies of our various states and federal government. But I am proud to be an American.
And when I say the Pledge at events I often tear up. But to let you in on a little secret this is the pledge I say. The Pledge that was in effect until one of those groups I am less than proud of changed things.
I will always be involved and always be with those trying to make our country a better place. Better for everyone, not just the few.
Dan Powers 2015