In today’s world many would consider this great United States of America a social experiment. The results of the experiment at times are wildly successful while at other times a dismal failure. How long we can continue in the experiment has yet to be seen.
Perhaps the goals of the Founding Fathers were a tad on the lofty side. Or maybe they truly believed these things true. Unfortunately, time and time again we the people prove we cannot accept these self-evident truths as a part of our being.
Immigrants flocked to this country searching for civil, religious, and personal freedoms; crammed in ships not near large enough for their passenger load. Once in the land of dreams, many immigrants found those dreams just as hard to attain as anywhere else. Today, immigrants find this country increasingly difficult to enter. So much for “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”
For hundreds of years this nation from north to south enslaved men and women. Some were actually called ‘slave’ while others found themselves under the much prettier name of ‘indentured servant.’ Both equally enslaved, they struggled for personal freedoms. They endured, holding fast to their American Dreams. From east to west we drove the Native Americans, those we erroneously dubbed ‘Indians’, from their homes and across a continent causing their death. Once we found land we did not care to cultivate we left the Native Americans there, a once proud and strong nation now tattered and distraught.
Today we still glory in the inequality of an “equal” system. Men vs Women, Black vs White, Religion vs Religion, Native-born vs Immigrant. Each side of these coins feel they are better than the other, each find ways to make the other feel inferior. The calendar might read 2008, but we find ourselves embroiled as much in a society of in-equals as ever.
Oh we stab at making amends to those previously wronged. To the Indians we give reservations that see their boundaries drawing ever inward as the people race told eventual extinction. The Japanese-Americans forced into internment camps, relocated, receive chintzy reparation cheques that were more offensive than a sign of repentance. After we freed the slaves in a brutal war pitting brother against brother we forced a segregation between the races that lasted for over 100 years.
Some men and women come forward, people well before their time. Those precious few that could see the world in a new light of no class, no race, no religious bickering. These men and women discover only scorn or disinterest their closest confidants.
How do we get away from the example of our predecessors? Can we escape the mire that entraps those around us? Maybe we need to recognize the true minorities out there that receive absolutely no benefits while the rising majority still receive plentiful aid. Perhaps we should learn enough about this nation that we can fully understand the intricate way in which the legal and political system functions and cease the inane backbiting and complaining about those who have no control over the things you wish to hoist upon them.
I hope with all my being that someday we can see an end to the inequality and the prejudice that runs rampant in our nation as well as across the globe. Learn to see potential leaders for what they mean politically regardless of race, religion, or gender. Become united in spirit with those around us with no thought of their birthplace. Live the way our Founding Fathers envisioned when first they penned the documents we hold most dear.
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Hey I like immigrants just fine if they attempt to learn English. Those who insist I throw my bad Spanish at them well phooey on them. My Country. They do not need to speak good English just more than ok and bye. That would be the waitress at the Columbian restaurant where we eat. She survives that way because she never goes outside her safe zone. How is she supposed to enjoy the country living in her little “safe zone”?
Lady Ozma said:
I’ve wondered that
On the one hand it is nice to have a taste of home and to keep your cultural heritage alive living in “Little Cuba” or “Little Italy” or “Little China” or whatever. But, at the same time, I think you get stuck and you never really embrace what it is to be American.
God and bad.
BTW I’m debating making this my equality post for LJ Idol. What do you think? It’s either this or Juan of the Dead Chapter 2.
I’m still frustrated that we’re hearing: “Is America ready for a black president?” or “Is American ready for a woman president?” Why the heck should we not be? And if we’re not… then something is terribly wrong.
I grew up in the ’80’s. I remember learning right away about the American revolution and that we fought against the King of England so we could be free and elect people and everyone would be equal. Then I looked and saw that the United Kingdom was lead by a female prime minister and had a Queen on the throne for decades. And the big poster up in school showed a bunch of middle-aged to old white men as each and every president of my country that 200 years earlier fought for it’s freedoms.
Uh… huh…. I think I’ve been a cynic ever since.
And yeah, learning about slavery, racism, lack of suffrage for poor and women, etc, didn’t help.
And nowadays we see Spain – which had a fascist dictator government not that long ago – legalize gay marriage about the same time we’re making State constitutional amendments against that – and against even certain kinds of same-sex coupling.
Yeah, this great experiment isn’t always working… *sigh* Maybe someday. They got it down pretty well in Star Trek…
Lady Ozma said:
Yeah I don’t get that either
Not only that, but wouldn’t it be moot if one of the two got elected? I mean if they get elected obviously the nation is ready.
This great experiment is a joke. And i get to live among the worst of it. Blah. I’m so blah at this point.
I don’t understand why we’re led by men. I think it’s great that right now we have a woman third in line for the Presidency. OK, I don’t like some of her politics, but I like the fact she’s a woman. I don’t mind the idea of a black or a native american or someone who’s *GASP* Not mainstream Christian. I mean so what if Obama grew up Muslim? So what if Romney is LDS. These things should NOT matter.
I do like Star Trek. 🙂 I live for THAT world.
Beautiful. Very well written. I too hope that one day, we’ll actually be a land of equality and true social justice.
I fear though, that the entrenched powers have a vested interest in keeping people divided. It’s as if they’ve divided up a demographic pie and both sides have claimed their piece and trying to break out of those preconceived molds is akin to treason. It’s ridiculous.
I do see hope though. That a woman and a black man can run for the highest office in the land… and more than likely, one will win it, is a good sign of progress. The way the country has embraced Obama is cause for hope and a cause for celebration. The question is, can we keep that spirit alive and going strong in the years that follow?
Lady Ozma said:
I debated entering this. I think you are the only idol person to read it (other than my partner). We decided for various reasons for me to enter Juan Chapter 2. I don’t know that that decision is working well for us, but maybe it’s better than it would have been?
I feared this was a little much… you know? I’m glad you enjoyed this and commented!
I agree that the entrenched powers have a vested interest in keeping people divided. I do not understand why it is considered treasonous to have a free thought, but I wish it was not. It is why I have a hard time choosing a party. It is why I rail against the system that forces me to choose a party. It is wrong.
I want to see hope in the fact we have not only a woman but also a black man running. I say it’s about dang time. I don’t understand why we haven’t seen this before. Goodness knows it is long overdue. I question the ones running, but at least they are. Even if McCain wins in the fall, we have brought notice to the fact that women and so-called minorities can run for president. Maybe this will open up the realm so that can have some awesome candidates in 2012. The way I see it, there’s already been a win, even if Clinton or Obama lose in the fall.
To me that matters most. 🙂
Something else that impressed me is the way that Romney overcame the religious persecution. In 2000 when Hatch ran he never made it anywhere near as far as Romney. He also didn’t have an opponent that was so blatantly spreading mistruths and using fear tactics the way Huckabee did to Romney. I mean it was out there, it was just not to the extreme that i saw from Huckabee.
That also makes me want to hope.
Unfortunately I don’t know. Growing up and living once more in the political area of DC… I see the writing on the wall. I already see the potential presidential slurs. It’s what we do best. It doesn’t matter who is in office.
I HATE that. *SIGH*