Today, there is…
Tomorrow there ought to be…
listen openly; value experiences
I believe this because…
I believe in
the dream of a United States of America
each person, an opportunity, a human with hopes for a better tomorrow
all persons created equal
with liberty and justice for all
diversity opens options and opportunities and solutions
leadership of the United States promoted justice and peace for all
so others dreamt our dream
our greatness was determined by our diversity
We are the world’s future.
United, we stand…
It will be achieved by…
Listen Openly, Value Experiences
United, We Stand
Justice For All brings Peace
Together, Humanity Solves World Problems
School days we stand and salute our flag and our nation:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
United States of America.
Justice For All.
Our country stands for justice for all. For All. We have stood for this value as leaders in the world– that we believe in justice for all in the world.
Now, the White House is undermining this, spreading fear and denying justice of “other” people, denying facts, and silencing science. If the White House eliminates guidelines and rules for financial regulation, air and water quality, is it for people — or for promotion of corporations over its people? Justice to corporations eliminates justice for all — because greed is its guide. The White House promotes power, but not power of the people.
The White House seems to concur with the onslaught of false information in the form of propaganda: websites, videos, blogs. These promote conspiracy theories and fear. They are enemies of democracy and seek to divide us. A divided country, without a willingness to listen, understand, and compromise to live in a diverse world, is a declining and doomed country.
Our nation was built on diverse ideas and compromise. We welcomed those suffering and fleeing persecution and hardship, no matter who they were– and accepted the benefits of diversity, knowing that our nation was strong enough to build on the best of each us to build a better America, a great America. We did it.
But now, the White House and the enemies hiding in posts, blogs, videos, websites spread fear instead. Fear divides us. Divided we fall.
If you are conservative, speak.
If you are liberal, speak.
If you are libertarian, speak.
If your are conservationist, speak.
If you are white supremacist, speak.
If you are Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, etc., speak.
And remember that we are “one nation” “indivisible” “with liberty and justice for all.” Unless we listen and understand and accept each other as part of this great nation, we will remain divided and we will fail as a democratic republic.
Believe what you wish, but accept that we all live together. We are one nation. We the people must govern for all of us– not a nation where opponents are killed and jailed, or laws promote injustice and discrimination. We are nation of justice, acceptance, and compromise.
Even if the world is not as we wish, for this nation to survive, we must accept differences. We must understand that our neighbors, however different, love their families and love this nation just as much. They many pray, sing, speak, and live differently, but their human hearts beat with a hope for a better future — living in a United States of America. We must promote hope and acceptance. We must be united in our belief in “liberty and justice for all.”
As John Mayer sang,
Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood
But I know the heart of life is good
I know it’s good
Songwriters: John Clayton Mayer
The Heart of Life lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Reach Music Publishing
I know the world isn’t perfect, that some are in difficult times. Hearts are in pain. But fear of others divides and conquers us. Fear comes from an unknown face– get to know your neighbor — reach out to build understanding. Help each other understand. Overcome fear; build hope.
Because: United, We Stand.
Part of Slice of Life 2017 by The Two Writing Teachers
Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: Doodle a Story
Doodling Song: John Mayer — The Heart of Life
No matter your beliefs: open minds build our democracy and help us stand together.
Review these resources to deal with Fake News, which are lies, conspiracy theories, and propaganda to divide and destroy our democracy:
How Fake News Tricks Your Brain by Alexandra E. Petri at National Geographic
“Motivated reasoning is the idea that we are motivated to believe whatever confirms our opinions.”
How to Spot Fake News by CommonSense Media Short Video gives 5 Tips.
10 Questions to Spot Fake News by NewsLiteracyProject
How to Spot Fake News by FactCheck
Fake News or Real? by NPR
Teaching Kids to Discern Fact from Fiction at NPR
How to Teach Students about Fake News by PBS
Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News from New York Times
Battling Fake News at Edutopia by Mary Beth Hertz
Fake News? Teaching Media Literacy from Brown.edu
Fighting Fake News by KQED