you and i are more
than you and i because
the story of U.S...it isn't always as rosey posey as a love poem
can I get an amen?
the whole is complicated, and yet so beautiful if only we step back a wee bit.
And just like that, this girl is finding her common phrase of "wee bit" becoming something brand new; another dimension gets tossed into play, and faster than you and me and the we put together can say hike, we grow. We expand to meet the day. with whatever it takes.
Although i didn't watch the Thursday Night Football game, it pleases me to hear of the news that both sides stood for the anthem. Both sides stood for the anthem. hip hip hooray
perhaps WE are moving in the right direction once more.
As Arnold Ahlert, Beating the Left at It's Own Game (yesterday @ The Patriot Post), points out:
"A Remington Research Group survey reveals that 64% of Americans believe NFL players should stand and respect the National Anthem. And ratings are down another 11% compared to 2016. Thus, despite every effort by the media to frame the argument as one of racism and police brutality, Trump has successfully reframed the argument as one of respect and patriotism. In doing so, he has revealed that the decades-long progressive assumption they could always frame The Narrative to their advantage is no longer a given."A genuine, love struck, patriotism is the WE factor that wins the day.
Being more interested in the whole,
becomes so much more than the need/agenda/propaganda/identity politics
of the individual or fraction holding the megaphone.
And besides -- if WE want to make comparisons....yes, 233 African-American men have lost their lives at the hands of police. Never mind that it was during a crime, or after making a threat to life and limb of an officer; never mind that the truth is, the 'hands up, don't shoot' meme was based on a lie. No, no. Let's just make fact to fact comparisons, shall WE?
In 2016, yes, 233 African Americans died in a police officer related death.
AND in 2016 -- 466 WHITE people lost their lives in a police officer related death. DOUBLE!
Now -- with two eyes open wide -- GO to THIS database and pick the WE apart all the live long day, see the whole truth.
The whole truth still stinks -- yes. Indeed it does.
963 people died in police shootings, in the year of our Lord, 2016. 963.
233, black; 466 white; these numbers spell out a certain, and rather absolute, and highly relate-able set of circumstances that WE should not ignore....right, Colin?
Here's another point by the good Arnold Ahlert: According to statistics of the same year, 2016 --
"a staggering 7,881 black Americans were murdered [including children!] — mostly by their fellow black Americans."
Here's another one:
"Police brutality? In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male killed by a police officer. And in the last 10 years, black males have comprised 42% of all cop-killers, despite representing only 6% of the nation’s population."
And when it comes to killing our own babies --- of all death by legal abortion stats in the year 2016, 40% are African-American babies. [Striking, considering this demographic is only 13% of the general population]
The truth hurts, doesn't it lefties.
Too bad, so sad.
The police brutality numbers do not align with your agenda -- no way, no shape, no form, no matter what you say. The total WE, in the US, is so much MORE than what you would like us all to believe.
Now, it is interesting looking at the WE factor coming up the ranks in America; simply suggesting another look at the millennials...
I am somewhat encouraged, actually. For overall, when answering questions upon the subject pertaining to obtaining the American Dream -- the millennials of today rank these issues in the following order of importance:
2. Terrorism and Security
3. Debt and Spending
4. Race Issues
5. Gun Control
[WE might as well just leave Healthcare out of the conversation entirely for this group; clearly under the influence of Yerba Mate, the spirit of their youth is understandably well established and going strong...teehee]
Anywho, they do not see the race issues being race issues, for they are living in a pretty wide range of race being in their immediate and really real world...their peer groups, their schools, their neighborhoods, their favorite dining places, their sports, their music, their loves xoxo....etc. They have all grown up in a WE that is, and forever will be, a cornucopia of backgrounds and race and spirit.
These millennials have already traveled so much of the world already.
These millennials have a spirit of WE naturally flowing through their veins.
They drink up the entire world in shameless solidarity.
It's beautiful, right?
Oh to the WE coming up in the next generation; not to dismiss the fact that there is much to learn from each other, as the old and the new learn to blend into the new WE of the new US.
The study also finds something rather astounding, in consideration of just who has the greatest, natural, country pride: white millennials are only at about 40% -- while Blacks reach a full 50% (and yes, this study is separating the groups as White, Black, Hispanic, Asian).
Hmm, just thinking outside the Ivy League; wonder if the cultural denigration of white people -- especially through progressive teachings favoring an UNFAVORABLE light of white people in history, in America, has had any effect? Yes. that was a rhetorical question. White people may as well not get out of bed in the morning, right, radicals and leftist professors far and wide? Or maybe, it's the Paine effect of, "[W]hat we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly" Either way, WE digress. biglyOh I just hope the new WE gets it all together.
Oh I just hope the new WE goes big in every way -- the economy, terrorism and security, and debt and spending should be our highest priority; everything else will fall into place, take formation, naturally and effectively and lovingly, if we treat each other with care and compassion...because that is JUST and precisely WHO WE ARE, as Americans. WE ARE FAMOUS FOR IT!
THIS mandate of good character and integrity for all simply goes out to ALL of US of the WE -- one race doesn't have to be or do more than another; it's called an equal opportunity duty come one, come all. And yes, it is a duty.
It is not a one sided thing, but multi-faceted. Every single one of us must do our part to bring the more lovely, the more kind, the more forgiving, the more time, the more patience, the more pause, the more golden rules, the more tolerance, the more free speech, the more opinion, and then, and only then, the more stronger WE all will be, ultimately.
For the first time in many days, this girl is feeling optimistic. Is it because all of the football players stood on the sidelines while the national anthem played, all arm in arm? To be honest, probably not. Although their actions are worthy of praise and support, my happier heart is probably a combination of a couple things: the unifying spirit, by choice, made by the players, added to the choice being made inside me.
Happiness and optimism is a choice as much as it is a result of our efforts and dreams. WE can do anything with the right spirit in mind; anything.
Of course, it may be a fleeting feeling; it may come and go, and come back again. Things are never constant, everything changes. Seasons come and seasons go; people change; and thank God WE have the ability to change, right?
WE have the ability to become better people with every breath we take; and if you are one to continue to choose the side that just makes noise, rebels and riots -- make each other bleed and ache, in the physical or the in the emotional, in the natural or in the make-believe -- then you are not part of the WE who truly wants to be a WE.
Division produced by the rogue and the radical do not have the honor of keeping the power!
Let me repeat: DIVISION produced by the rogue and the radical do not have the honor of keeping the power! Not in America. Not in America.
Thank God we have a God we can lean on in times like these. For these are the days that try a girl's soul. No, no, that's not how it goes. Let me try that again:
"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”
"IT IS dearness only that gives every thing its value." so true, so true
Today -- this day -- all I can do is feel for the WE of US. It is this dearness, this nearness of heart and soul, that I wish to keep close to me all the day through.
We must ask ourselves, what do WE hold dear...what do WE wish to value...and come together on these things in principle and on purpose.
WE are so much bigger than the mini me, the i of the two, the separate 300 million souls of the whole. If all of us make each day count, considering what is at stake for the whole -- we will win the day all together. For you and i are more than this...
INDIVISIBLE is where it's at -- be it yesterday, or today, or tomorrow.
Make it a Good Day, G