I hope everyone has the opportunity to watch the series on Vietnam. The unbelievable pain and torture live on. The parallels in the Oval Office then and now are astonishing. Personal pride hidden behind interpretations of patriotism. Human beings were and are killing other human beings. Regardless of race, religion, political persuasion, or core beliefs, human beings were obeying orders and killing one another. And still we continue.
In my opinion patriotism does not mean to worship a particular piece of cloth or the words of a song. Patriotism means to respect one another, one another's rights, and yes, one's country. But what is a country but the whole of its people? How can any of us be caring and respectful of our country, of our world, without respecting each and every person? We are all worthy of equality, of having a chance of a decent life, including willing immigrants, those forced here and sold into slavery, and the original people of this land.
Peaceful protest of any kind, whether taking a knee, organizing in public spaces, or speaking your beliefs is not the problem. The problem is lack of respect for our fellow human beings. We are all capable of hatred and violence. Why should we encourage and endorse it?
I respect our country and those who have fought and still fight for our freedoms. I appreciate being able to write these words.