Obama once said, “…we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.”  Ours is a diverse nation with freedoms far too many do without, but in today’s world, we are being divided by bigotry, racism, and general a hatred for our fellow man that the real voices of reason are being drowned out.  America was founded on the principle that we all have rights.  Of any thing in today’s politics, we should all be able to agree there is no place of any ideology that belittles a race of people, or spews racist sentiments, or embraces hatred.

I am sure there are those who disagree with my position, but surely we can agree that hatred has no place in our government.  All it does is divide us.  Look at the state of America today.  Black Americans are routinely subjected to racial profiling often under petty pretenses.  Hispanics, both legal and undocumented, are subjected to calls to “Go Home.”  To many, America is HOME.  Even for those in this country illegally, we should all be able to agree that the current treatment of illegal immigrants goes against the very freedoms we ourselves hold dear.  Why separate loving families just because they came here illegally?

Again, this is America, and while I completely and wholeheartedly disagree with racism and bigotry, people are free to speak their mind.  I just wish more Americans would think about how their words and actions affect others and the impact it will have on the lives of their fellow man.  Change begins within each of us.  If we can not change ourselves, there is no way to change the direction of our country.  President Lincoln once said of our nation, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.”  It is my prayer that the American people stand up together and with one voice declare an end to the chasms that divide us.

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