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WELL I AM! WHERE DO WE TURN, TO RETURN OUR NATION TO SOME FACSIMILE OF NORMAL; TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC THAT OUR FOUNDERS AND FOREFATHERS WORKED FOR, AND FOUGHT SO HARD FOR SO LONG, TO GIVE US.

PERHAPS NOT TOO FAR; MAYBE JUST INSIDE OF OURSELVES.

LET’S TAKE A MOMENT AND WANDER BACK TO OUR FORMATIVE YEARS. TO OUR YEARS OF TRUTH AND HONESTY; TO OUR YEARS OF YOUNG FRIENDSHIPS IN THE PLAYGROUND. WHERE WE LEARNED TO FIGHT OFF THE BULLIES, AND HELP THOSE COULDN’T. WE ALL PLAYED TOGETHER, REGARDLESS OF NAME, OF WHERE YOU LIVED, OF YOUR SKIN COLOR, OR WHERE YOU CAME FROM. WHAT HAS HAPPENED OVER THE YEARS TO MAKE SUCH A DRASTIC CHANGE?  A GREAT DEAL HAS CHANGED!

OUR FOUNDERS WERE MEN OF STATURE AND CULTURE. MEN OF BUSINESS, OF LAW, AND OF COMMUNITY. OUR SYSTEM OF CAPITALISM, I BELIEVE, IS BASED ON A HUMANITARIAN, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMICAL, HARD WORKING SOCIETY. BUT OVER THE YEARS, THE BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ASPECT HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH PROFESSIONAL LEGALISM.

ATTORNEYS ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO OVERSEE AND MAINTAIN A BUSINESS ATMOSPHERE. I BELIEVE THERE HAS BEEN, FOR MANY YEARS, AN UNDERLYING FEUD BETWEEN CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS AND PROFESSIONAL ATTORNEYS. THEY HAVE EACH PUSHED INTO EACH OTHERS REALM OF EXPERTISE.  THEREIN MAY LIE THE BASIS OF OUR SOCIETAL CLASHES OF TODAY.

ATTORNEYS ARE TRAINED TO MAINTAIN OUR CONSTITUTION, TO OVERSEE THAT JUSTICE, RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS CONTAINED THEREIN, ARE PRACTICED WITHIN OUR SOCIETY, FOR ALL MEN AND WOMEN, OF ANY RACE, CREED, OR COLOR.

HAVING MOSTLY NATIVE AMERICAN BLOOD WITHIN MY VEINS, I DO NOT FORGET HOW THIS COUNTRY GOT IT’S ROOTS. BUT, AND THAT IS A BIG BUT, I DO NOT HOLD A GRUDGE, DEMAND RETRIBUTION, OR OTHERWISE CARRY THE BURDEN OF ANGER TOWARD MY FELLOW MAN REGARDLESS OF THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN US. I ACCEPT THAT THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US. WE ARE ALL HUMAN, CHILDREN OF GOD, (WHICHEVER ONE WE ACKNOWLEDGE).

THIS NATION WAS STARTED BY IMMIGRANTS. THOSE WHO CAME HERE TO START AND FORGE A BETTER LIFE. MANY ARE STILL COMING, BECAUSE OF THE LIFE OUR FOREFATHERS FORGED FOR US. POLITICS HAVE INTERFERED WITH THAT NOBEL AND WISE DECISION-MAKING GROUP OF SO LONG AGO.

MANY IN OUR BUSINESS SECT OF SOCIETY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF OUR CAPITALISTIC SYSTEM, FOR PERSONAL GAIN. THEY HAVE PUT A PERSONAL MANIPULATION ON THE LAWS, FOR PERSONAL GAIN. IT IS TIME TO TAKE “PERSONAL” OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT THINKING.

THIS IS A COUNTRY “…OF THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE…”. NO ONE PERSON OR ENTITY, NO ONE INDIVIDUAL OR SECT SHOULD BE FAVORED ABOVE ANOTHER.  ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL IS A GOOD START.

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SOUGHT RETRIBUTION FOR THE WAR CRIMES OF THE NAZI MOVEMENT. AND WELL THEY SHOULD. BUT AS YEARS HAVE GONE BUY, THEY ARE NOT BLAMING THE ENTIRE WORLD FOR THE INJUSTICES AGAINST THEM. THEY HAVE MOVED ON. THEY HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN, AND WELL THEY SHOULDN’T, BUT THEY DON’T CONTINUE THE PUBLIC OUTRAGE.

THE BLACK COMMUNITY OF TODAY SHOULD TAKE A LESSON FROM THAT ERA. YOU CANNOT BLAME EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF SOCIETY FOR THE ILLS YOU HAVE SUFFERED. YOU CANNOT, AND SHOULD NOT, DEMAND RETRIBUTION IN ANY FORM FROM TODAY’S SOCIETIES. OUR GOVERNMENTS, LOCAL AND NATIONAL, HAVE TRIED TO ACCOMMODATE YOU FOR THE INJUSTICES. BUT JUSTICE MOVES SLOW. AND THERE ARE MANY IN THE BLACK COMMUNITIES THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GUILT THAT HAS BEEN PUT ON THE WHITE COMMUNITIES, AND THE INSTITUTIONS OF THIS COUNTRY; JUST AS MANY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF OUR CAPITALIST SYSTEM FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL GAIN.

WE MUST ACCEPT LIFE FOR WHAT IT IS. FOR IT IS WHAT WE MAKE IT. PUBLIC PROTESTING IS A RIGHT OF ALL AMERICANS. BUT WHEN IT GETS VIOLENT AND NASTY, IT MUST BE STOPPED. THOSE IN CHARGE OF THE PROTESTS MUST MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THEIR MEMBERS. THEY ARE BEING INFILTRATED BY THOSE SUPPORTIVE OF OTHER COUNTRIES AND IDEOLOGIES; WHO WANT OUR WAY OF LIFE, BUT DON’T KNOW HOW TO EVEN START THE PROCESS. SO, IT SEEMS THEY WILL JUST MOVE IN AND TAKE OVER, AND EXPECT TO HAVE WHAT OUR NATIONS PEOPLE HAVE WORKED MANY YEARS TO STRENGTHEN AND PROTECT.

OUR RIGHTS, OUR FREEDOMS, OUR WAY OF LIFE, DOES NOT COME OVER NIGHT WITHOUT WORK, DEDICATION, AND AMBITION.  IT WILL NOT COME UNLESS WE ALL WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THE BEST IN LIFE. HELP EACH OTHER AND TEACH EACH OTHER. IF SOMEONE IS TRYING TO HELP YOU, HELP THEM, THAT IS ALL THAT IS NEEDED.

WE ALL KNOW THERE IS GOOD AND BAD IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE, IN ALL SOCIETIES; BUT WE CANNOT JUDGE THE HERD BY ONE BAD BULL. TURN YOUR BACK TO THAT ELEMENT, AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO MOVE FORWARD. TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO THE BAD BULL, WILL ONLY BOLSTER HIS CONFIDENCE OF ACTION.

TODAY, OUR NATION’S LEADERS ARE RUNNING AMUCK IN THEIR LITTLE “PLAYGROUND”. ACCUSATIONS ABOUND. SOME FALSE, SOME HALF TRUE, SOME A TOTAL LIE.  WE MUST FORCE THEM TO GROW UP. WE MUST STOP THE ALIGNING OF POLITICAL PARTIES; PITTING NEIGHBOR AGAINST NEIGHBOR. ONCE AGAIN, I UTTER MY OPINION:  WHEN THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE ENTER THOSE HALLOWED HALLS OF THE CAPITAL, THEY MUST BE REMINDED STRONGLY THAT THEY ARE ONE. THEY ARE THE BODY PUT THERE BY THE PEOPLE. PAID FOR BY THE PEOPLE. TO DO THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE. GOVERNMENT IS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL. AND I STRONGLY EMPHASIZE “GOOD OF ALL”. 

IT IS NOT FOR THE PARTY. OUR POLITICIANS HAVE DIVIDED THEMSELVES SO BADLY, AND SO PUBLICLY, THAT IT HAS SPREAD TO THE “MAN ON THE STREET”.  THE CURRENT COURSE WE ARE ON CAN ONLY LEAD US DOWN THE MOUNTAIN WITH NO TRAIL BACK UP. STOP IN YOUR TRACKS NOW!    FIND A COMMON GROUND, A COMMON COURSE FOR ALL TO ACCEPT AND FOLLOW. REMEMBER ONE MUST GIVE A LITTLE TO ACCEPT A LITTLE. WE CAN’T ALWAYS HAVE OUR INDIVIDUAL WAY. SACRIFICE IS NECESSARY FOR GAIN.

THE NEW-COMMERS TO OUR SHORES MUST ACCEPT OUR LAWS, OUR RULES, OUR PRINCIPALS, AND OUR LANGUAGE. IF THEY WANT A LIFE LIKE OURS, THEY MUST LIVE IT. WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, WE MUST ALLOW THEM TO BRING THEIR TRADITIONS AND FAMILY VALUES TO PRACTICE AMONG THEMSELVES. THE LESSON HERE IS TO LIVE AND LET LIVE. FORCE YOUR LIFE ON NO ONE, AND ACCEPT EACH OTHER WITH ALL THEIR DIFFERENCES.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

Jean Coulard

Retired Office manager, Food Service Director; 2+ years College; One (1) year Kitchen Management / New York Culinary School, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

 

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