Americans celebrate our independence each fourth of July. We have all kinds of independence in our country. We are free to kill unborn babies and free to legally marry people of the same sex. We are also free from the ritual of prayer in public schools. We are free to take all kinds of drugs in America as long as we have a doctor’s prescription. We are free now to sit home while the government feeds us and provides us with whatever necessary healthcare we need. We are also free to remain uneducated, unskilled and in poverty. Young adults stay home longer, watch television more and live in front of their computer world absorbed in Netflix movies or social media. Parents have to work longer at jobs that pay very little, that they no longer enjoy providing for people vegetating under their own roofs.
Voting doesn’t seem to be all that necessary these days. If there are any decisions to be made the Supreme Court will make them for us. Who cares about what each state has voted to do or what the majority of voting Americans might want. The Supreme Court is quite willing to dictate the law of the land and be our supreme being.
We are also willing to sit back and watch the world freely come into our country illegally. They are happy to escape from Iraq, Mexico, Burma, Central America, other parts of Asia and more. Our local community is flooded with people from Vietnam, China, South Korea and Mexico and more are coming every day.
One thing to remember is that people of the Muslim faith typically do not embrace gay/lesbian marriages or lifestyles. Generally immigrants from Central America and Mexico are often Catholic and oppose abortion and Gay/Lesbian lifestyles. Thousands of the Burmese population here in our country are strong Christians. As illegal immigrants eventually gain voting status they may vote a liberal agenda but then again don’t be surprised if they don’t. Many of them have very conservative backgrounds.
Benjamin Franklin said, “We have given you a republic if you can keep it.” Honestly, I’m a little concerned about that. We continue to allow jobs to leave our country. There is an overall apathy about illegals entering our country. We spend trillions of dollars that we do not have on Middle East wars that have gone nowhere. We are led by a Congress kept in office by lucrative lobbyists and big money corporations. All the while we have black and white people fighting each other. My hat is off to the mayor and people of Charleston, S.C. that have become a shining example to this nation.
Many Americans are disappointed in the Supreme Court. Please keep in mind that the Supreme Court’s ruling does not mean that you personally have to date and marry people of the same sex. You do not have to have an abortion. Nor, do you have to agree or accept these behaviors. You can still pray anytime and anywhere. No one can take that away from you.
We are still free to worship God, hold up our Bibles, Book of Mormon or Koran and yell and scream as long as we don’t keep our neighbors up all night. We are still free to be good citizens and try to influence our families, friends and people we know to be good Americans.
Please don’t give up. However, it’s a different day in America.
Glenn Mollette is an American syndicated columnist and author. This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.