I have a dream . . . . of a land where civil rights, not civil preference, is the rule of law without favoritism shown to any group based on race, gender or culture. America a is one of nation, not of God, but of it’s people because when the day begins, and when the day is done, America is all about its people and the common good unweighted by individual desire, prejudice or desire for a certain way to benefit certain individuals or to advance a political ideology at the expense of anyone else.
To achieve such a nation of people requires negotiation, comprise and moderation, not capitulation or appeasement. It is not “my way or the highway”. This is moderation, not extremism from anyone at anytime, but it does require passion, determination and commitment and to see the trees and not the forest; to see everyone as a human being and to recognize that, “why can’t we all just get along” is not a reality because people are different either by nature or nurture. That the best we can do is understand and work with one another to minimize the extremism.
America must be a land of laws all the time, but humane in it’s goals. At the same time, “line cutters” cannot be allowed for that eliminates the predictability of laws and the stability that a nation; a union affords and chaos and anarchy occur and eliminate the common good.
America has been described as the great melting pot, not the great multi-culturism. America is one culture pursuing freedom, security, safety and prosperity and that is ALL that America is about even though others have tried to expand on the original meaning to suit the needs and desires of the few to manipulate the many.
The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few, they have to balance out one another in compromise and moderation to define and achieve the common good.
Listen to the John Lennon song, “Imagine”, and think of how such a world could be achieved and you will realize that only by everyone being dead is such possible. This is a world of people, not saints and is a world of the people, by the people and for the people.
Sometimes the best deal is one that everyone hates but that all admits everyone profits equally by.