God Bless America

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I was sitting at my desk a few days ago, working on my computer. The music was on, primarily as background noise; that is, until the song “Where Is The Love” came on. My ears suddenly opened up and I stopped what I was doing to listen to the words. It described the last few weeks. The lyrics leaped from the speakers and pulled at my heartstrings. I had already been thinking about the latest topics that have ignited heated discussions in the media, as well as with our own family and friends. In recent weeks, we have seen events such as the Charleston, South Carolina AME Church shooting, derogatory comments from a presidential nominee about Latinos, the banning of the Confederate flag, and of course, the Supreme Court decision supporting gay marriage.

God bless America, land that I love, stand beside her and guide her…

“God Bless America” by Irving Berlin

A part of me wanted to steer clear of the subjects, while the other part wanted to scream from the rooftops. In the end, I found that if I plan to make this blog an accurate portrait of my thoughts, then I couldn’t or shouldn’t hold back. Either you will agree with me, agree to disagree on a particular topic and respect my opinion, as I will respect yours, or click away from this blog. I’m ok with all of the above. I want to be my authentic self. I believe that if I send out that energy, then I will get the same in return. This blog was not only created to express my views, but to stimulate ideas and reflections from my readers.

This week I have decided to use music to share my current views. Below is the list of the three videos and some of the lyrics that stood out to me. Click on the song title links below to view each video.

Lastly, I am blessed to live in a country that gives me freedom—freedom to have my own beliefs, to think, speak, write, and also peacefully assemble. Without the First Amendment, many of us would not have been able to discuss our views so freely these past few weeks and months.

1)  “Where Is The Love” by Black Eyed Peas

  • “To discriminate only generates hate”
  • “Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity”

2)  Glory” by Common and John Legend

  • “Justice for all just ain’t specific enough”
  • “No one can win the war individually. It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people’s energy.”

3) “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert

  • “It is the same hate that has caused war from religions. Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment. The same fight that led people to walk-outs and sit-ins. It’s human rights for everybody. There is no difference.”
  • “No freedom till we’re equal”

 

FIRST AMENDMENT (1791): Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT, Section 1 (1868): All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

6 Comments

  1. Wow Cousin, all three songs are powerful and all three songs moved me to tears. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Right on, Diane!

  3. What is sad Diane is that, by bits and pieces, tidbit by tidbit, those who want full control of others lives, because of their own religious or political beliefs or for monetary gain, are attempting to impose those issues on the full public spectrum. I could go on, but I believe it is best said like this “mind your own damn business and let me go to church where I please, let me vote as I please and last but not least–I’m not for sale ” !!!

  4. Our founding fathers left England for various reasons which is why our Constitution and Bill of Rights were so specific. Of course, changing times do have to be considered from a document written over 200 years ago. However, freedom of speech, the ability to choose religion freely, and have a right vote were very important then and they still are now.
    I agree that money should not be a factor. Unfortunately, that’s what happen in today’s elections. How else will the candidates get the money to run a successful campaign? It’s sad, but true.

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