What Does It Mean To Be An American, Mommy?

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Our recent trip to Europe, the economic challenges from a few years ago, hearing about political corruption everywhere you turn, politicians on the take, lobbyists running our country via contributions, an upcoming election, voting booths that are rigged, a reality show star being nominated as the Republican candidate for President, and the 4th of July celebrating American Independence have all really got me questioning things.

Questions like:  what happened?  How did we get here?  What happened to the supposed pioneering spirits of our ancestors who fought and died for building and having a country of freedom? A country of the people, by the people and for the people? How did we get to a place where the people we supposedly elect to run and guide our country, to take care of us all to the best of their abilities, now sell out regularly to the highest bidders no matter what kind of toxic or power hungry agenda they may have? Are our children in the military dying for a noble purpose or is it all based on corporate and political greed and benefit?

Not only that, but what do we tell our children? How can we, as mothers, teach them to be proud to be an American? To sing the national anthem loudly and proudly? To fight for the safety of our people and land? To learn and embody values like honesty, trust, kindness, integrity, compassion, and respect, when the very people who lead the country do not live them?

And, even worse, the citizens of the supposed “greatest country on earth” do not even have the strength, determination, and guts to take a stand and adamantly say, “This is not working!!” And, “We won’t put up with all this bullshit anymore!” “From this day forward, not in a year, or 4, or 5 or 10, or 20, or more, we will change how we are doing things. We are changing all of our systems to follow a formula to build a better world and a happier, healthier life for all our citizens, because that is what this is all about. We take care of each other and the planet, so that we can live fuller, happier, healthier lives. So that we can enjoy our time here on the Earth, so that when our generation is gone, there is still a beautiful Earth with clean water and air, and plenty of thriving open wild lands for our children and grandchildren, and the generations beyond that.”

Can we in good conscience teach our children, whom we love and adore, and gave so much of our time, money, energy, and everything we could pull together to survive, to be “good citizens” and follow what they are told by the government and lawmakers when this is the best they can do?

I started reading 4th of July quotes to give me inspiration and ran across the following by Abraham Lincoln. See what you think…

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Personally, I really think it is time for some big changes here. Otherwise, how can we as parents and grandparents feel ok about allowing things to be done the way they are?

What will you say, when your child/grandchild asks you:  “What does it mean to be an American, Mommy (Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa)?”

Also, feel free to share this post and information with anyone you know who you feel would benefit from it.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

What are your thoughts about your country?  Do you get discouraged, disappointed, enraged about what and how things are being done?  What are you doing in your life to help make things different?   Do you want things to be done differently – how so?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

 

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