On this 4th, we’re as divided as ever

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I’ve not been feeling celebratory on this Independence Day. Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve really cared about the 4th. It’s mostly just been an exercise in frustration as we try to get ourselves close enough for a good viewing spot of the Nashville fireworks display.

I’m not proud of our country. I’m not proud of our President. I’m not proud of the people who elected the President.

I want our country to be such so that everybody wants to stand for the anthem and the principles our country stands for. I have a distain for those who would try to shame people into standing when the country doesn’t work as well for a significant percent of our country. Women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, minority rights and environmental protections are under attack by this administration. He’s dismantling the institutions from the inside and it concerns me greatly.

Only 19% of the total population voted for Trump. Let that sink in for a minute. Our country is making a dramatic turn to the right because 19% of the population wants it that way.

I anticipate people will say imagine how conservatives felt during Obama’s terms and they think this is just politics as normal. I think that’s a false equivalency. Conservatives seem to think that giving other groups equal rights, somehow takes away from their rights. If looked at through a certain lens I can understand. Kim Davis is unable to use her official government office to deny gay couples a marriage license because of her religion for instance. They say religious freedom is under assault. It’s not but you don’t get to use religious freedom to withhold rights from others.

Our country survived a civil war but it’s under assault from within now by a narcissistic, small minded, unprincipled man who has no regard or understanding of our countries principles. You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t feel like celebrating that.

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