Two weeks ago, it seemed the grand experiment called America was coming to an end. A seditious mob had stormed through the halls of the Capitol, at the behest of the president. It was startling. It was shocking. It was surprising. The ransacking, the reckless disregard. The nation was at stake. Could it all have ended, left to the capricious whims of a mob?
Deep political divisions has been part of the story that is America. The founding fathers had their disagreements after independence was won. They singularly agreed on one thing, America. Setting us apart from the rest of the world was our ideals. A nation trusting their people to self-govern. Our commitment to freedom, then and now, unmatched. In America, where anything is possible. In America, where anyone can achieve their dream.
The scourge of slavery nearly destroyed our nation. Before, we referred to ourselves as “these United States.” Afterwards, we became “the United States.” Only through the crucible of war did we become one nation. Far from perfect. It is in the Preamble of the Constitution, “We The People, to form a more perfect union,” To be a more perfect union, we will always be working in this direction.
In the previous life, I was occasionally asked if what they heard about America was true. “Could you do anything, be anything? Go anywhere? Speak freely without fear? Worship freely?” I answered it was true. “You have to nurture it, recommit yourself to freedom everyday.”
I believe every word of the Constitutional oath I had taken upon entering naval service, then and now.
Could it all have ended? Yes.
Freedom is fragile. Love it, cherish it, with all you have.
We are blessed to live in America.