Most Americans are tolerant to all creeds and to all convictions, but few people express their distrust and indignation with more vigor whenever some of their beliefs are offended. I am convinced that our beliefs and ideas may be more destructive than guns. The presence of even a small minority who would question the validity of our laws and its process, would attack, at the very core, the concept of American nationality itself. There is an ideaology and process defined by our founding fathers, where unity on the fundamental principles of politics is indispensable to the life of this country.
It maybe, the challenge of being an American today is mustering up the courage to build upon our nation’s success by contributing our unique sets of talents and traditions, even when there are those who would prefer we were not there in the first place.
When I think of my country today, there exist some fear and concern, yet, there still exists a very present and powerful feeling within me that gives me hope. Poet Richard Blanco’s poem “One Today,” which he read at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, reflects an America that is diverse, but is also warmed by the same sun, encouraged by the same joys, and devastated by the same tragedies.
The first verse tells a powerful truth:
“One sun rose on us today,
kindled over our shores,
peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story
told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.”
Amid the things that separate us, there are so many things that unite us. Giddy-up
”Blessings on your journey”