On the 231st anniversary of our country's birth, perhaps we should take a look at what kind of Republic we now have and what our Republic should look like in the future.
The big question we have to deal with is this. Is it more important to show how much we all have in common or should we emphasize how we are different from one another?
Many share a common belief in liberty which grants the rights and privileges to all individuals by law, custom or judicial interpretation. Yet others contend that sexual preference is a difference that should be taken into account in giving equal privileges to all.
Most citizens have a common belief that our laws should be fair and fall with an equal measure of fairness on all. Others believe that certain individuals are above the law because of their noble causes.
Some believe skin color, or ethnic backgrounds are sufficient reasons for denying rights given to all citizens and guaranteed by our Constitution. Others have the belief that our Constitution is the supreme law of the land and makes no such distinctions.
There are other distinctions which could be made, but when you distill it all down wouldn't it be better to move on to that shining city on the hill rather then be dragged down into the morass of differences?
Bob Van Velkinburgh