Be Ready for What ever Happens
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As we celebrate our nations beginning by shooting off rockets and firecrackers I am reminded of something I want to mention.
This is a celebration of a war. We have forgotten as a nation, thankfully, the realities of war on our own soil, but we have had 3 major wars on American soil- the American revolution, the war of 1812 (we really should call that the second war of independence, though) and the civil war.
There have been many other open conflicts on our soil that were far less reaching and fought for varying reasons, but none for around a century.
I notice that civilian fireworks have grown bigger and louder. Many set off near our neighborhood sounded more like a mortar barrage than fireworks.
As I pondered this, I thought with sorrow about those ordinary people in places where warfare, danger and fear are a daily part of life, and I am glad to live in the United States.
But looking around me, I see a divide in our country that started in the early 2000’s and worsened greatly from 2008 to 2016 when the battle lines were drawn and have continued to worsen. This time not north vs. south, but coastal regions and large urban areas vs. what they call “fly over America”. Us.
It is my hope that all Americans will take a deep breath and return to civil discussion of differences and ideas.
I plan to post more on water very soon. Thanks for reading.