The Democratic and Republican Conventions have always been a sight to behold. Most of us wait in anticipation of all the fanfare and excitement that happens when they occur. Every four years, leaders and party supporters come together to rally around their chosen candidate and to help the voters get to know a little more about the candidates and their families. The pandemic has made all of us adjust to a new way of doing things and this even includes political conventions. Everything has gone virtual. Or at least we are told that is how things should be, but there will always be those that do not follow the rules.
Now that the conventions have come and gone the real work has just begun. We must all chip in and do our part and vote. We must also make sure everyone we know registers and votes. Shortly before Congressman John Lewis died, he wrote an essay in which he shared that together we can redeem the soul of our nation. He urged each of us to answer the highest calling of our hearts and stand up for what we truly believe. Now is that time. We must all be willing to make sacrifices now more than ever for the betterment of our country and families. This includes being a patriot in the real essence of its meaning. A patriot is a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors; foreign or domestic. Just like our flag, being a patriot does not belong to a specific party, but rather to all Americans. We must stand up for issues that affect us all and not just for the privileged.
No matter which party with whom you may be registered, right now it is important for all of us to stand on the side of justice. Eventually, the arc of justice always bends towards what is right. Will you be standing on the side that promotes justice and equality for everyone? I am not of the belief that a group of people should all be registered with one specific party. I feel it is necessary that we have representatives with a voice across both sides of the aisle. Right now, we should be more concerned with what is right for the future of our country more so than being wrapped up in political differences and stand up for what is right for the sake of humanity and justice.
As you ponder how you will make your voice be heard this political season, my choice is with Joe and my sorority sister Kamala Harris! Each of us must travel our own road. We must do what we know is right in our own hearts. Right now is not the time for any of us to sit on the sidelines. Get up and get in the race. Get involved as if your future depends on it because it does; and it is also true for future generations. Although I am a Democrat, I am not against Republicans. I believe there is good and bad in both parties. As I stated I believe there needs to be representation across the board. As a matter of fact, I have several people in my family that are Republicans and we have lively conversations. However, I do believe that the current President, although he may be a Republican, has created his own party (“Trumpism”) and that I cannot stand with or for. So, let us all make up our minds to get into some good trouble and make sure we all vote. Build back better sounds pretty good to me! What say ye?
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