The US is unique among all the countries in the world, either now or over time. Our understanding of ruling the country is based on the very simple concept of By the People and For the People. Few countries have come close to this ideal but none have duplicated it to the extent we have. Until recently we successfully integrated every culture that wanted to live here and was able to make them a functioning part of our republic. As we begin our next election cycle think very carefully about who you will vote for. Will they be a leader with a conviction or a manager subject to the latest polls and political wind, driven by a prejudiced media? We clearly do not have a leader now. Personally, I'm not interested in voting for someone who will make decisions for my own good that I should make for myself.
Maintaining a free society is not without cost. It takes a back bone, a willingness to learn, a willingness to work hard and critically thinking about issues at hand. Stand up to the social shaming when you speak out against obscure, out-of-touch, and racist Critical Race Theory or the 1619 project. Or dare to show studies questioning the wisdom and efficacy of everyone, (including children), wearing a mask all the time. Our freedoms are lost when we no longer are free to speak out, regardless of whether you are LeBron James or Senator Tim Scott. Benjamin Franklin wrote: "…the Belief that when Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick; and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter. ….".