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America awoke to a new day and a new Congress. We the people elected our representatives and now we the people must hold them accountable. The 116 United States Congress must address the issues that plague our electoral system before the end of their two years.
The era of indifference, of procrastination, of dense denial and soothing silence is coming to a close. We now find ourselves at the border of consequences, entering the era in which we reach the point of no return. We now find ourselves required to fight another world war, a war of survival, a war on climate change.
When the candied myths sour, we will be forced to reckon with our poisoned misdirection. We are not the land of the select few, but rather we are the land of the united many, E pluribus unum. A nation of nations. A nation of immigrants. An imperfect nation that must confront the racism and hate that divides us. When we realize that we have been hollowed as a populace, that there has been a theft of our patriotism and perversion of our democratic values, then we will understand the deception.
We simply saw the shadows of objects passing in front of the fire before us and believed them to be reality. Our Plato’s cave was warmed by the idea that they were too big to fail. We were naïve. We were numbed by our nihilism and marketized culture. A decade ago, Lehman Brothers filed bankruptcy, and by the next day, Sept. 16, 2008, the housing bubble burst and the Dow Jones plummets, “778 points, wiping $1.2 trillion off the value of American businesses.” The entire financial system unravels, and we were abruptly dragged out from our manufactured reality in the cave.
We have time and again taken two steps forward and one step back in regard to civil liberties and voting rights, and we must recognize that we are currently in a phase of regression. As a nation we must dig in our heels, assert our values, resist the forces of hate and bigotry and push forward.
In a local New Brunswick elementary school, a young girl’s tiny hands meticulously built the divisions she had seen outside her window. She resurrected the very same walls of hate she has seen permeate her world. It was Valentine's Day and all the second graders were rifling through their bags for their gifted sweets. Her sugary focus at the moment was on those lovely messages — “Be Mine,” “Miss you,” “Soul Mate” — which for her, had been smothered by a darker reality. I watched as she had taken out her small container of sweetheart candies and began separating the white hearts from the colored hearts. The white hearts had to be separated, she claimed. She said the white hearts did not like the colored candies, that they hated them. They did not care if the colored candies lived or died. They hated being around them without even taking the time to listen to what they had to say — “I love you,” “Me & You,” “Friend me.”
A man with a vision of unregulated growth and prosperity looked out at the self-proclaimed epoch of the business world to welcome a new era. His name was Don Regan, and he was the man who could openly tell a president that “You're gonna have to speed it up.” On March 28, 1985, Don Regan, former chairman of Merrill Lynch, stood at the bell in the New York Stock Exchange, while beside him, former President Ronald Reagan called “the bears back into hibernation” and “(turned) the bull loose.”
We are taught only a version of history in which the past and present achievements are unheard and unseen.
We stand at a crossroads. America is plagued by inequality. People feel stuck and trapped in their socioeconomic status, yet a wave of activism is crashing across the country. People are mobilized in an effort of progress and hope is present in many. Now is the time for the Democratic Party to assert itself as not just the anti-Donald J. Trump party, but also the party of the working class, of economic uplifting and of liberty and justice for all.
The fourth Thursday in November, a day of gathering with friends and family, of sitting around a table, giving thanks and eating until buttons of pants and shirts scream out in pain, is also a day of avoidance for many Americans. With the football games blaring through the speakers and the mundane chitter-chatter and the Black Friday planning, the uncomfortable truth of American history is drowned out.
The standard for gaining a political position has been diminished and lowered so that those who follow doctrines of brutality, criminality and sexual abuse can wield significant influence in their representation of the people. Lines once drawn in the sand have faded away by the winds of abuse and division. Party has been placed in front of country and pursuit of power has been placed higher than moral principle.
At a time of great divisiveness in America, “Families Like Yours" is an educational, humanizing documentary that focuses on the love, compassion and adversities of six LGBTQ+ families. On Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, the State Theatre partnered with Bristol-Myers Squibb and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to screen “Families Like Yours” in an effort to promote understanding and love within the community.
The unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is cemented in our now weathered and eroded national foundation. These rights meant for all, have been stolen by the few. It is upon the government, which functions through our consent, to bolster the general welfare and domestic tranquility such that life, freedom and happiness is unadulterated by violence and crime. Except, we have allowed for our representatives to be unresponsive to the unrelenting attacks on public safety. We have exchanged our freedom for fear and our liberty for the ability to own and operate military weapons against one another.
When a nation formed on protest begins to unravel the seams that tie its values together, its founding pillars begin to crumble under the weight of its evils. We have moved too far from our revolutionary tradition, from our abolitionist tradition and from the realities of the suffering among people. In doing so, we have begun to consider mild acts and transgressions of law and order against existing evils as indefensible crimes against society. This path of condemning protest and constricting civil disobedience leads us astray, away from our democratic and American values.
Where knowledge is power, information is a weapon. Information is the key that, depending on the whim of its controller, can either lock the masses in chains or liberate them in understanding.