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American Progress, Through Understanding and Unity

American Progress, Through Understanding and Unity

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how divisive America has become. This isn’t new in the world; divisiveness is as old as the human race. It’s not new, but it is destructive. Lincoln recognized this a century and a half ago. What is unique, is this experiment called the United States of America. No other country in history has had such progress and success as America. We can thank our founding fathers for constructing a constitution that’s founded on principles of freedom, protection, justice, and truth. If our generation is going to, not only benefit from, but also improve our country, we’ve got to maintain those same principles. They’re not outdated, they’re timeless and are proven through time.

With these constitutional principles in mind, it serves to remind ourselves that:

  1. Just because you don’t agree with someone, doesn’t mean you hate them. What one thinks of someone’s idea or actions really doesn’t serve at all, to tell what they think of them personally, one way or the other. For example, I disagree with about 95% of what my son does or suggests that I do (“Get out of the car!” as we’re going 70mph down the highway), yet I love him dearly! I disagree with my wife far less than my son, and I also love her very much. It’s not bigotry, fascism, etc… to exercise one’s right of free speech.
  2. It’s not a problem that someone has different beliefs than you, or that they’re LGBT, or that they do anything else other than what you agree with. That’s the beauty of America, that we have the freedom to make personal choices, within a civilized society of law and order.  All people should be treated equally before the law, plain and simple. If you do bad stuff, you should pay the consequences regardless of who you are. One’s consequences, good or bad, should be based on actions, not identity.
  3. Capitalism is great. If you agree/ disagree with some product/ idea, you can choose not to support it or even freely encourage others to support/ not support that same thing. They can then think about it and then choose whether they agree/ don’t agree with you and choose to support/ not support that same product/ idea and then be on their merry way. (e.g. politics, proselytizing, business, etc.…) The result of such freedom usually leads to good things.

So much of what divides America today seems to be an attack on one of our basic principles, ones that can be easily taken for granted. If you’ve taken these bedrock principles for granted, it only serves to show how effective these principles have been in constructing the great society we live in (e.g. detachment from the plight of those who don’t have the same recourses afforded to Americans). However, if this is you, please do not continue to take your American heritage for granted. It’s important to remember that ALL Americans have this heritage in common, whether you’ve been a citizen for one day or your family’s been here 500 years, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, religion, disability, age, or any other point of differentiation. It only takes a look through history or across the globe to know that we have something great here, that we need to take the baton and continue to steward this well. America’s definitely not perfect, but we should aim for progression not regression, with our founding principles in mind.

—Derick Dillard

1 Comment

  1. Jen

    I admire yall for your constant effort to help people, but unfortunately most had rather not hear it b/c it simply isn’t what they were taught. I am really into History and recently started trying to understand politics, there is a documentary on youtube about Hillary and Bill Clinton, that really explains a lot, it’s called ” Bill Clinton murders” or “The Bill Clinton murders” it goes back to the 60’s and tells about how Bill and Hillary came to be. I believe they are Anarchists, set on destroying our freedom and our faith. That’s just the conclusion I’ve come to, but by the actions of the democratic party, I believe that’s right. The reason I’m posting these things is b/c I believe knowledge is truly power, so to spread or understand something you should learn as much about it as you can and share your knowledge. Of course, you need your facts straight, thats why I’m posting the titles, so people can see it for themselves and not have to simply rely on my word. Everyone has an opinion, but only a few seek the truth. I really really hope yall check out the Light House Legal Club, they are a religious group of BRILLIANT lawyers that give and explain legalities and it is so beneficial for everyone!! Also, investigate some of the terms and laws or “bills” they refer to, so you can truly understand what they are talking about. I strongly urge you to watch the video, on youtube and it’s called” Claiming Ownership” it refers to our blind ignorance to what’s really happening in our country and how we are manipulated. It really starts explaining about why we HAVE to have a marriage licence, birth certificate, social security number etc. around 10 minutes in, but you will want to watch it all.


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