Let’s Rise To The Challenge And Fix This Country

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Not gonna lie, HomiesーI’m finding it increasingly difficult to celebrate this country.

We’re jailing babies. We’re gunning down kids. We’re murdering minorities. We’re punishing our poor. We’re rooting for Nazis. We’re forsaking our land. We’re abandoning science. We’re slapping democracy in the face and shaking hands with tyranny.

We’re running with the notion that being right is better than being kind.

We’re clawing each others’ eyes out.

Right now, you’re probably saying to yourself: “Hold up; what the hell is this ‘we’ business?”

I’ll tell you what it is. It’s acknowledging that whether complicit, kicking + screaming, or jubilantly pouring gasoline on an already roaring dumpster fire, we got here together because we chose to focus only on what sets us apart.

Everyone has an opinion about what our forefathers envisioned when they set up shop, but I’m pretty certain this wasn’t it. And even if it was, the notion that the desires of a bunch of arrogant white men from a bygone era be carried out today, to the letter, is just absurd to meーas it is and has been to literally anyone who ever drafted an amendment.

In fact, one of the first advocates of Constitutional revisions was mother[slave]fucking Thomas Jefferson (sorry not sorry), who claimed that “each generation” should have the “solemn opportunity” to update the constitution “every nineteen or twenty years,” thus allowing it to “be handed on, with periodical repairs, from generation to generation, to the end of time.”

So you can look at it however you want, but the way I see it, our country was set forth on a platform of progress. Something like hope. Maybe of evolution. Definitely of revolution. And revolutions don’t exist to move shit backwards. Revolutionaries don’t exist to keep everything the same. So why the hell would we exist to NOT move forward?

I know, I know. Right now, forward is—to say the least—a challenge.

But still. I intend to rise to meet that challenge.

And I really hope you do too. TC mark

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