When considering the American Dream one must consider the premise which this country was founded on. That basic premise for founding this new country was the right to govern ourselves and to have freedom to worship or not worship as we see fit. Late in the growth of our great nation we also began to work on equality for all.
Somewhere along the way we lost our ability to be free to think as we choose without fear of being judged by those who believe themselves to know the true answers for everyone. The Bill of Rights which allows for freedom of religion and freedom of speach was based on the Virginia Declaration of Rights written by James Madison. It is important to remember our history in todays version of the American Dream. Without the past, today would not be possible.
Here in Virginia, especially here in the states capitol of Richmond we try very hard to allow for this important document to be supported. Our fine state is covered with important events in history from Civil War battles to signing and implementation of great American documents. It is sad to say that tragedy generally brings out the best in the American public. It appears to be one of the only times that we remember that we are one nation and not several different little states alone.
We need to remain at the fore front of the American Dream by leading our nation back into the greatness that we were. As freethinkers, of which a majority of our founding father’s were, we have an obligation to stand strong and remind people why we fought so hard to become our own nation.
Patriotism is not exclusive of freethought and freethought is not exclusive of patriotism. As a strong group of individuals we need to be proud of the nation that we have helped to build and not forget that we are pillars of the community just like everyone else. Our opinion matters! We need to be heard! We should peacefully remember that we helped bring this country into the state it is currently in and assist in getting it back to the beautiful, healthy nation that it once was.
To me, the writer, the American Dream is the ability to be myself without fear of judgement. I, the writer, respect morals, ethics, and values. It is important that we as freethinking individuals remember the old adage, “you catch more flies with honey than you do with ….” The original Pledge of Allegiance never said the words “under god”. Let’s help, politely, remind others why those words were not imperative to the forming of this nation.