America the beautiful offers us free will, which means those of us living in America, from sea to shining sea, have been granted a choice: repeat our mistakes or evolve into something great for the benefit of all.
Will this be the year for America to finally get things right?
The biggest mistake Americans can make this year is to wait for The President, Congress or The Supreme Court to secure America’s future.
History has shown us that they can’t fix America. Together, we can.
Arrows of History and Truth
Time and time again, great civilizations collapse when morality is at its lowest — the result of a civilized society that chooses to act like gluttonous self-serving savages. Remember why Rome fell?
In Charles Krauthammer’s powerful posthumous book, “The Point of It All,” brilliantly edited by his son, Daniel Krauthammer, Mr. Krauthammer asks a question aimed for reflection:
“Are we condemned to do the same damn thing over and over, generation after generation —or is there hope for some enduring progress in the world order?”
I’m not proud of the current state of America. Are you?
In just a few short weeks, the holiday spirit in the air has evaporated to reveal the ever-present heavy cloud of rhetorical soot that hangs low, like rotten fruit, intended to keep our society distracted, divided, angry and confused. We’ve allowed them to pollute our minds and hearts.
How on earth can America be great again if, collectively speaking, our society just isn’t being good!
I’m ashamed by the actions of our politicians and their cronies on both sides. Are you?
I’m no expert on public policy, but I’d say that the worst of them is merely a reflection of the worst of us. Self-serving savages willing to exploit and leverage others for the sake of power and profit.
America’s Future — Divided or United?
If we, the people of the current Divided States of America, want to make America Great Again, we must become united once again.
Let’s put a stop to wasting our time listening to the senseless blaming and hypocritical finger pointing coming from the left and right.
Let’s invest our time to work together in our local communities in order to make our country strong and good again.
Let’s stop using corrupt power as the benchmark to rebuild our nation and use morality instead.
Let’s combine the best of blue and red political ideologies and create a more valuable purple society based on fiscally conservative and socially liberal values. And let’s not forget how the United States of America became a great nation: Through the tireless work and sacrifice of immigrants looking to build a better life not only for themselves but for their community at large. Yes, we’re all descendants of immigrants in search of religious freedom and greater economic opportunity.
Remember, it took generations upon generations of hard work, bravery, determination and grit from those willing to work together for the greater good of society. In this way, America belongs to them, not self-serving thought leaders and politicians. Most importantly, let’s not forget why America was able to become a great nation in the first place — there were a lot more people holding out their hands asking how they could help others instead of asking who could help them. And God shed his grace on thee. #makeamericagoodagain. . .
Monica Avila Beal is a composer and musician and graduate student of the University of Colorado in Denver who lives in Cave Creek.