By Susan Hamilton
This has been a year like none other, and America is forced to look at ourselves and the blatancy of our arrogance as we exercise our right – and DUTY – to vote in a new President. On the one hand, we have people who cling to the true meaning of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and on the other, the very real opportunity to destroy those ideals altogether. Only it’s not so obvious, is it? Both continually disappoint us and at any given time; either one can sound like they’re coming from either position.
Both consider themselves the real American voice. This November we will have to decide who will protect the rights of the people inside our borders and who will elect Supreme Court judges who will uphold life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for potentially the next 35-40 years. It’s possible that up to 8 Supreme Court judges will be appointed by our next President. According to Isaiah, a nation is held accountable not by its leader, but by its judges. I say we focus on THAT.
As a pro-lifer, I believe abortion is murder. The notion that we could elect a President who could potentially appoint judges who would allow this practice to continue for the next 35 years makes my stomach turn and my eyes water. I don’t want to hear about any woman’s right to her body. In this instance, I could care less. I want to know we won’t condone killing babies for birth control. It’s a child’s right to LIVE. PERIOD. Our God created us before we were even in the womb. Not all circumstances are ideal, but where there is an unwanted child, there are several in line who pray for one continually.
But we also must decide if our nation has borders or not. While many claim this is an immigration issue, I believe we have simply neglected and hedged around policy our nation was founded on long ago. Ideals that stand for every human being’s right to live free and work hard to achieve the American dream of lifestyle and business success – on whatever level they desire to ascend to.
The term ‘melting pot’ used to be the way we bridged the gaps between our cultures. People understood that they were becoming American,and that all our differences would pale in comparison to the allegiance to our ‘one nation under God’. They didn’t assume we were just another place for them to build their nation on our property. It was hard to assimilate into another way of life while remaining true to our heritage, but it was done. Those who have done so at great expense are not satisfied that others would come to our country and demand our American culture would bend to accommodate THEIR laws and viewpoints – and upon any disagreement, label Americans racist. The new terminology is that we should be a ‘salad’ – but that misses the point entirely and although it sounds like a small thing, it is a huge distinction.
My grandmother taught me German as a young girl. I no longer remember much of it. She called it low German because of the dialect difference between country folk and city folk. She was brought here on a ship with 11 siblings at 8-years-old, through the locks of the Great Lakes. WHAT A STORY! Her baby twin brothers died on that ship. I can’t imagine the pain of that. She remembered the trip, and she and her sisters would tell us about it and shake their heads. They worked hard in the paper mills and cheese factories of Wisconsin. The stories of mighty immigrants from every country are worthy of recounting and sharing and learning from.
And we owe it to them and others to hold our values dear, not come here and spit on them. No one in Appleton, Wisconsin wrote legislation and community paperwork in German to accommodate my great-grandparents. No one said, “I’ll sign a contract if you include the laws of my heritage and my foreign country.” What I see happening today is not immigration. It looks a whole lot more like a hostile takeover, or at the very least, a blatant disregard for what it means to BE an American.
After the vote, we will have to live together with whichever choice we’ve made. As our history has shown us, no matter who is elected, we will again be disappointed, because we think a President has the power to do things and stand for things that we should be doing and standing for. I don’t want America to be like every other country, do you? We’re amazing because of the freedoms, the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. If we decide the shedding of innocent blood is our rule of law, if we decide we don’t need borders to be a country, if we decide that pointing fingers and blame at each other and not the system is the way to handle our frustration … well, it is the only way we really lose. Who you’re sleeping with won’t much matter, now will it?
Susan Hamilton is the owner, host and editor-in-chief at OffBeat Business Media, a business for business digital media resource for strong brand development. Contact Susan at Susan@OffBeatBusiness.com or call 214-714-0495 to discover how an influential brand can improve the world.