1.the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
AMENDMENT I to the US Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
I love being an American. I appreciate the opportunities we have in this country. I appreciate the work our founding fathers put into starting our country and forming our laws. They were intentional when considering what laws would be included, and what order they would be in our governing documents. I respect that. I love that they relied on their Judeo-Christian beliefs to guide them. Even those who were not Christians, but deists, agnostics, and atheists, recognized the importance of Christian values in our political system. They knew that relying on their own wisdom would result in failure. These documents have been bought with the sacrifice and the blood of our soldiers and founders. Our founders lead by example and laid everything on the line because they believed that much in our country. Is our country perfect? No it's not, but I would choose these United States 100x over than any other country.
In the first amendment, the first item mentioned (which I feel is not by accident) is that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion". This is known as the establishment clause, not the separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson was the person credited with using the phrase 'separation of church and state'. He said: "Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights..." (italics are for emphasis) We are not required to be Baptists or Catholics or Buddhists or Islamist, or what ever other religion Congress can come up with. We instead are given the freedom to choose by the very next phrase in the first amendment: 'or prohibiting the free exercise thereof'. That means I am free to be a Baptist, Catholic, Buddhist or Islamist. I choose of my own free will without coercion or fear. It's freedom that grants us this ability.
Why are people willing to risk their very lives and the lives of those they love to come to the United States? It is because of freedom. Russia, Italy, Cuba, China, Mexico, Eastern Germany when the wall was up. Do you know what these countries have in common? The people are or were terribly oppressed. They flee these countries' communist oppressive governments where there is no freedom for the people. They come to the US for the promise of a better life than the one they left behind; they come for the opportunity to be successful.
I will not apologize for my beliefs about our country. I will not apologize that I think I live in the greatest country in the world. I hate that there are people trying to change our country into a socialist or worst, a communist country. Using people political gain is reprehensible. There are those in office who always make it a game of the haves vs. the have-nots. We the people should not be forced into redistribution of wealth. (I personally like a flat tax, but that's another topic for another time.) I believe in helping those who need it, but that it not become a way of life. There are those who want to take away the very ideals that make this country great. We are not guaranteed anything but life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I think we can get back to our country being great, but We the People have to be willing to take responsibility for it. We have to hold our leaders accountable for their actions. We have to be willing to stand up and question laws that we think go against the very things that made this country great. If you need an example, Becky Garritson did it well. (btw, she's from my home state! Rock that out!!!) We have to be willing to be contributing members of society & not drain the resources of our country. We need to be willing to help those who need it. Not just by only meeting their needs, but by helping them to become successful contributing members of society too. These are ideals I know, but it has to start somewhere. Micah 6:8 comes to mind: " He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does theLordrequire of you? To act justlyand to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Do you remember learning the preamble from schoolhouse rock? I remember it even after more than 30+ years since the first time I heard it; it means more to me now than it did when I was young. I didn't truly realize how great our country was until many years later. How did the writers of our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights know exactly what words to say to make them lasting? I am amazed every time I read them and hopefully you are too. May God bless the USA & may freedom ring forever.
We the people, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, and secure domestic tranquility. Provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
First off, I know how weird this is. I've posted two days in a row after not writing anything for almost a year. All my coherent thoughts are finally surfacing after all this time. :)
How my life has changed in 10 years! 10 years ago I was a crazy and stressed mom of 4 ages 5-12. Fast forward to today & I'm still crazy, but I'm now a mom of 4 ages 15-22. I don't know where those 10 years went, but they flew by. While I was driving children places, teaching kids how to drive, cooking dinner, folding clothes, and monitoring homework, all my little chicks grew up. I have always loved my children. Duh, they're mine. What I've really noticed over the last few years is that I like them, and I tell my children I like them. At first they said: "you have to we are your children", but that's an untrue statement. I have to love them, but not like them. I heard a mom say she loved her children, but didn't like them very much. She said h…
Suck. That's right I said it. Mean people suck. I'm fuming right now! My heart beating like a drum & hands shaking kind of mad. Mean people, ugh! I asked my friend if I could tell her story here about her encounter with some mean kids & I have her ok, but I'm changing her name.
Jana is 24 weeks pregnant. Not all of us are blessed with wonderful, glowing, easy pregnancies. Some of us are sick and struggle through the 40 weeks of growing another human being inside our bodies. Jana is one of these lucky few. Did I mention she is also chasing a 2 year old around? Talk about compounding your sickness and exhaustion.
It's summer in Alabama, and if you live here you know that means hot and humid. Add in that it's been raining a ton, which we need, but it jacks the humidity close to 100% & makes it feel even hotter. Being comfortable while also trying to chase said toddler can be tough on a body. Jana's husband bought her some cute leggings f…
I'm doing a double posting today. I want to remember my friend Debbi. Do you remember your very first friend from school? I do, I remember meeting her like it was yesterday. We were as opposite as the day is long, and growing up I loved her dearly.
It was the first day of first grade. We had just moved to Dunwoody, Georgia. I knew no one. I saw her in the room. She was tall, blond, and had the cutest little pigtails. I was short, dark headed, and had long hair. She was sweet, I was loud. She made me laugh, and I loved my very first best friend.
We had a lot in common. We both swam, danced, and would spend hours listening to records. Every time I hear Double Dutch Bus and The Boy From New York City I think of Debbi. I'm shocked her sister Dana didn't steal the records and shatter them. I loved spending the night at Debbi's house. Her mom would make us chocolate chip pancakes in different shapes, and let me put as much syrup on it as I wanted. We didn…