To Be Great Again
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.
Of late, I’ve wondered what ever did Make America Great and whether those acts should be repeated. After all, in 1637 Thanksgiving became an annual event to celebrate the massacre of the Wampanoags, the people who saved the Pilgrims from starvation. Read more. In pressing President Lincoln to make Plymouth’s annual feast a national holiday, Thanksgiving’s Godmother saw the celebration as a white-only event. Read more.
Have you ever wondered: Was the United States receiving stolen goods when it purchased the Louisiana Territory? After all, how did the French come to own then sell Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota and Louisiana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado? See
As described in Doug J. Swanson’s Cult of Glory, the Texas Rangers ‘ role in taking Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California from its first settlers is sordid. See
These acts plus slavery enabled the United State’s growth. Despite this country’s building blocks, I think that what has always made this nation great is the belief that here, as nowhere else, human beings could build a great world based on:
- Generous, big-hearted spirits
- Social activism in that we are our brothers’ keepers
- Innovative, pioneering and progressive energy
Recently, America has experienced plagues of fearfulness, paranoia, intolerance, prejudice and stinginess. A cure for these dis-eases could be re-presenting ourselves as described in the contender for our National Anthem [maybe “America The Beautiful” should replace the “Star Spangled Banner”] See video below.
An African wisdom advises: Face the sun and shadows will fall behind you. As we approach the Winter Solstice-New Year holy-days of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapti, Saint Nicholas Day, Matariki, Sanghamitta, Dong Zhi, Soyal, Yalda and Yule, face the sun. Let’s make ourselves, everywhere even greater, again.
Remember: We have wings. We can use them and fly!