Our country inaugurated a new president yesterday. Protesters lined the streets, jeering voices spewed obscenities, violent behavior erupted. Just like any other day.
We could say these acts of vandalism and hatred were freedom’s voice speaking loud and clear, but they’re nothing more than business as usual in our country. It seems when folks don’t like something, they to go to the streets and stir things up – to get noticed – to be heard – to take advantage of any event to make their dissidence known. I have nothing against peaceful protest, but protest is no longer peaceful and it has become a sickening rendition of freedom of speech.
So much energy is spent in these displays – energy that could be used in much better ways.
Maybe it’s time that those who protest for one cause or another, use their energy towards a positive goal – like getting involved in the community – working for change – being part of the solution to the problem they are opposing.
Our new president spoke to the American people and promised that their voices would again have presence in the governing of our nation. I think he means it. He also used the word “we” throughout his speech – which shows me that we are involved. We need to be part of this whole thing called America and we need to return to God as well.
The United States has always possessed the spirit of hard work and perseverance. In the past decade, I’ve seen a decline in patriotism and skepticism towards anyone in government – brought about by self-motivated and corrupt politicians as well as lackadaisical citizens who have dropped the ball.
We all need to get on board. We need to forget about our differences and join together again. Maybe we still don’t agree on certain things, but now it’s time to bring unity to our nation. Democracy works only if we the people are involved in the process.