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CHAOS AT THE CAPITAL—ONE THING YOU CAN DO

January 07, 2021 1 Comment

CHAOS AT THE CAPITAL—ONE THING YOU CAN DO

     

On Wednesday, I sat down to write my weekly blog. My phone, annoyingly, beeped and the New York Times proclaimed that “Pence and lawmakers evacuate as protesters storm Capitol.” I came to a halt.

Outrage, unbelievable, how could this be, chaos, shock, extreme sadness, and it just got worse.

The country witnessed an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States, some members of congress, and private individuals. That is fact, but as I sat there mesmerized by the images passing before my eyes. I couldn’t help but wonder how we got here and what I, as a person living here, could do to change it.

I know I have strong opinions and I’m certain that my point of view is correct; after all, I know the difference between right and wrong. The problem is the people I disagree with also believe they are right. Yet our beliefs are diametrically opposed.

We are one country divided. There are many reasons for this split, but the question is how do we fix it? How do we talk to each other? How do we calm down enough to address the issues we are all facing?

The solution, I believe, is available to all of us. We live in a country that offers us great freedom. Those freedoms, as well as the restrictions that make this freedom possible, are explained in the Constitution of the United States.  

“The Constitution not only designed a government but also placed limits on it to prevent arbitrary rule. Particularly through its amendments, the Constitution guarantees every American fundamental rights and protection of life, liberty, and property.”

—Annenberg Classroom

 It is our responsibility and our duty to read and reread the Constitution to understand it. It is the backbone of this amazing country and we need to know why. The only way to do that is to understand what it says for ourselves and stop listening and believing what other people and social media tell us.

If we want to have an honest dialogue, then reading the Constitution of the United States of America isn’t optional; it is our obligation. What makes this imperative is that it is available to all of us for pennies. You can purchase a 45-page pocket edition of the Constitution for $1.99 (.99¢ on kindle). It may take a few readings to understand because of the difference in the language used 1787 when it was written—but that is no reason to not read it. 

I have added a link below to make it easy for you to purchase this pocket edition of the Constitution. (Personally, I’m buying a bunch to send to friends.)

Please take the time to read it and give one to your family and friends.

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I’d love to hear what you think. Please take a few minutes to leave your thoughts in the comments below and continue this dialogue.

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1 Response

Arlene VAQUER
Arlene VAQUER

January 08, 2021

Thank you for writing about this. I was so incredibly sad and angry at the same time. It was hard to watch. My parents lived in Spain under Franco and they suffered so much. The good news it drove them and their siblings to come live in the U.S. for the opportunity and freedom we all deserve and enjoy. The notion that our current President and those hooligan supporters don’t respect the constitution and what the Capitol represents is extremely upsetting. Trump needs to be dumped now.

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