“Until we are all free, we are none of us free. ” ― Emma Lazarus

Screen Shot 2019-09-01 at 7.52.21 AMFreedom is a funny thing.  It’s for us all…and it’s not free.

Many of us work hard for our freedom in America.  Teachers do.  They step into classrooms every day and teach children to be civil to one another.  They help children be their best.  They encourage children to do the hard things, for they know that human growth potential cannot be met without hard work.

Paradoxically, our freedoms have come too easily for many.  We take it for granted.  We are entitled to this or that.  Many have become complacent about our hard-won liberties.

Either they are lulled into complacency or simply forgot how hard people have worked for what we enjoy in this country.

There are those who are directly trying to poison our country, to turn this land and its laws around to serve a few.  But I do not believe that is America. I choose to believe the best in people.  I believe we all can turn this ship around if we who believe that we are the land of the free can wake up, put on our work gloves, and stand side by side with those who are less fortunate.

Harriet Tubman is a tremendous example of someone who worked for liberty.  She knew the gift of freedom and she knew its costs.  When she became free, she did the hard thing:  she went back and freed others. No wonder some refuse to honor her on the 20 dollar bill.

There is someone less fortunate than you.  Start there.  Start with something easy.  Open your heart.  Question the common rhetoric that says that we are a split nation, red against blue.  Look for the common good.

This is not your usual election coming up.  We are voting for freedom, for the heart of this nation.

Look for the opportunities to stand up for what is right.  Help someone. Start small.  If we all do this, those who choose to hurt, kill, destroy will have no power.

 


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