Native Writes: Thanking God in a flawed nation

As women edge toward equality, people who somehow believe they are “better” than others are gaining ground.

Hate is everywhere online and its targets are not truly defined. Many submissions have been eliminated, due to content guidelines for social media.

There is probably hatred in the Valley, but it’s no longer visible.

It was huge when I was a kid, growing up.

I remember when “Mexican” kids could only swim in the pools on the day they were to be cleaned.
That hurt. I was raised to accept people for who they are and not to judge them for the ways they weren’t like me.

The current political climate has changed me. I do not accept people who violate the Constitution. People who can recite the Second Amendment chapter and verse seem hard put to understand the First Amendment and why the nation’s founders put those rights therein first before all the others.

Each person, to me, is an individual and deserves equal respect until someone was definitely wrong or committed a crime.

That’s when I learned to respect the rule of law. I won’t call for anyone to be locked up until he or she has been judged guilty of a crime.

I have respected it for the most part, since I have studied it and its purposes. I can still see where it is misinterpreted.

As an adult, I told someone shouting “lock her up” that the target person needed to be charged with a crime and then found guilty before being locked up.

The response was an ugly sneer.

In his mind, jail was immediate for anyone he didn’t like or agree with politically. I have also studied the “Banana Republic.”

Innocent persons die and there is an outcry. If the bad person isn’t killed, but charged and booked into jail, I have confidence he or she will be dealt with as the law allows.

We pledge allegiance to the flag, but some apparently just recite it out of habit.

It has become a prop in the great drama of life.

Here in the Valley, we recite the pledge, but I don’t believe we listen to it. I recall needing to relearn it in elementary school after President Eisenhower inserted the words, “under God” in it to “show the Godless communists.”

Posts online declare that the pledge needs to be returned to schools. As far as I know, it never left.

Open prayer did and I am okay with that. The First Amendment rules that and I can guarantee individual prayer is alive and well. That’s why we have test days and finals week.

Every morning, I thank God for our nation, flawed as it is, and our Valley, beautiful as it is.


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