Like most abusive relationships, it took me way too long to get out. Twenty years to be exact. But this week was the final straw.
Societal issues Society I believe that the core of our public discontent is that government and therefore politics has assumed a place in our lives that was never envisioned by the founders who saw limited government as a necessity to ensure the blessings of liberty. So much of our money and time is on the line that we are consumed by the political power struggle -- the street fight for pieces of the government pie.
Politics based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation touches every facet of American life. We no longer see our unique traits as ingredients to the "unum" at the end of the "e pluribus. Even the NFL is not immune. I came of age in the late s and into manhood in the late s.
The s were not the best of times for this republic of ours. The constant specter of the Cold War and the very real potential for a nuclear holocaust loomed large.
Yet growing up in a working-class neighborhood in New York, I was reminded daily of what made Americans different from the rest of the world.
I was surrounded by adults, some of whom had fought in World War I, and almost all of whom had lived through the Great Depression. Many had fought and survived World War II and Korea -- and a few were survivors of the Holocaust -- and they were now dealing with yet another recession.
Our grandparents or parents came over on the boat. For all of our cultural differences, I too am america shared two things in common: None of us had two nickels to rub together, and we were all fiercely, passionately in love with this country.
We were Americans first. In fact, my off-the-boat grandfather forbade his sons, and my father and mother in turn forbade their sons, to call ourselves Italian-Americans.
Today so many Americans feel obligated to hyphenate, not for cultural reasons alone, but to make sure they are getting their perceived piece of the government policy pie. We shared an unshakeable certainty bordering on religious faith that no matter how bad today was, tomorrow would be better.
We were Americans, and this country, despite its flaws, was still the greatest, freest, most God-blessed country in history. We held that in common. It was our bedrock national value.
We debated, argued, yelled and got red-in-the-face mad at each other, and then we took a deep breath and got over it. Donald Trump has certainly contributed his share to the ever intensifying vitriolic atmosphere. He can be a boor and a bully.
When you slur and insult people from countries who have helped make America, America is smeared, too. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "A DAY FOR THE HUNTER, A DAY FOR THE PREY"). Aug 08, · Read by Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes ( - ). ๑۩۩๑ I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. iUniverse is pleased to announce that Katrine: High Valley Home, written by Joseph Dorris, was named a Spur Finalist in the Best Western Juvenile Fiction category by the Western Writers of America.
Or lest you forget, it was Barack Obama who exhorted Latino voters to "punish your enemies. The President had an opportunity to change the trajectory of our national discourse and perhaps the course of his presidency and our future when US Rep.
Steve Scalise was shot last summer simply for the sin of being Republican. Instead, he chose to wallow in the muck of division along with those on the left who routinely employ words such as "racist" and "Nazi" to describe Republicans over immigration policy.
Trump had a chance to raise us up again when the haters marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. Instead he waffled and mitigated. There are no "fine people" marching under the swastika or wearing the hoods and robes of the Ku Klux Klan.
For those of us who try to be consistent in our political philosophy -- agreeing with the President when his actions are in line with our policy preferences and disagreeing with him when his actions are not aligned with ours -- we are called "traitors" by whichever group of our fellow citizens disagrees with us at that moment.
I often say that those in politics should never underestimate the collective wisdom of the American people. But wisdom requires a healthy dose of kindness, tolerance, equanimity, humility, gratitude and love.
Those virtues seem to be in short supply these days. Absent those virtues, the bonds of our common culture are bursting asunder. If you believe that we are, in the words of former US Rep. Thaddeus McCotter"a country, a people, not just an economy," then like me, you are lamenting that things seem so bleak when the economy is doing so well.
So as I talk to my four children and try to make sense of it all with them, I am starting to feel more and more like Arthur at the end pleading with young Tom, kneeling on a dark, smoldering battlefield as the armies -- once allies questing for right and honor and justice, now enemies vying for raw power -- clash nearby:Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.
I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother/5(18). Title: Microsoft Word - attheheels.com Author: aTurner Created Date: 8/1/ PM. I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong.
Tomorrow. "I, Too, Sing America" hearkens back quite literally to the days of slavery, when African Americans were supposed to be barely-visible labor, not actual human beings.
The implication of this poem is that, in practice, not a whole lot has changed since then. The Americas (also collectively called America; French: Amérique, Spanish/Portuguese: América) comprise the totality of the continents of North and South America.
Together, they make up most of the land in Earth's western hemisphere and comprise the New World.. Along with their associated islands, they cover 8% of Earth's total surface area and % of its land area.
ICE agents in Oakland, California were raiding a house that had been involved in a child sex trafficking ring. That’s when dozens of anti-ICE protesters showed up holding signs saying, “No One Is Illegal,” “We Love Our Neighbors,” and “OPD is a disgrace” referring to the Oakland Police Department.