Update: America the Beautiful: Demanding Confirmation
Brothers and Sisters,
I am very grateful this morning. Today, April 27, 2015, America will make history by swearing in the first African-American woman as the United State Attorney General. Loretta Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Friday, April 24, 2015.
I have no doubt, as with many others, that Ms. Lynch will take on the task of upholding justice for all Americans. Although, the challenges she faces are great, she will stand firm in her appointed position to ensure our hope for a better America.
I am truly grateful in knowing that we stood up with our power of democracy to demand a confirmation vote. So, I thank you all, who were encouraged enough to utilize your voice by contacting your representatives in the Senate. I also thank those of you who sacrificed gratifying your need to nourish your bodies for the sake of bringing awareness to our cause of justice on the behalf of Ms. Lynch. We all know the flesh is powerful, so my hat goes off to you for your great sacrifice.
We all know the importance of having a voice for the people in the position of the U.S. Attorney General, and for the office of president. However, as important as those positions are, and moreover, the importance of having the right representative in those positions, it is far more important that we get involved on the local level of politics. All politics are local. Recently, we’ve had an example of how important local politics are. The injustice that happened in Ferguson, Missouri has brought light to the need of having a voice in decision making positions. It took tragedy to bring about change. Now through the voices of the citizens of Ferguson, they have a more diverse city council; a city council that looks more like the people who live in the community, and can speak for the people.
Today, early voting has started for local elections. In some counties we will be voting for mayor, city council, and school board candidates. These elections affect our everyday lives, and the futures for our children. It is vitally important that we, as parents and citizens, stand up for our children, our communities, and our future. We need to know, and most certainly, we must have a voice in who makes crucial decisions for our children’s education. We need to be able to trust that our elected school board officials want the same for our children as we do. We need to ensure that our representatives will stand up for our children when they are deciding the budget and allocating funds. It is imperative for our representatives to have every child’s best interest at heart, and to not be afraid to advocate on their behalf, when decisions are being made regarding their futures. If you are a parent, you have NO excuse for not voting in this election. The love you hold for your child should cause you to run to cast your vote.
We mustn’t forget we are America. Every community, town, city, county, state, makes up America. Every voice forms America. America needs your voice and your children need your voice. Please vote today!
Peace and many Blessings,
America, the Beautiful
The expression, “America the Beautiful”, imitates a very abstract, and most certainly, an obscure vision of what our America portrays herself to be. Abstractly, we are pompous enough to believe that we are perceived by the rest of the world as a society of freedom for all; a society of equal opportunity; a society of equal pay for equal work; a society that welcomes immigrants with open arms; a society of freedom of religion; a society that has grown from the horrors of racial oppression; a society that loves its Country and loves their fellow man. These abstract points are presumed to form the “outline” of our beautifully perceived Country, the United States of America.
Yet, many of us live on the surface of the intentional dirty, cloudy lens with our sight obscured by the promise of the American Dream. Chasing dreams of hopes to be able to provide for our families; a hope of being treated fairly in the workplace; a hope of being able to crash through the deliberate corporate glass ceiling; a hope of equal educational opportunities for our children; while being caught up in a structure of obstruction designed to keep the hustlers hustling, the dreamers dreaming, and the players playing. Therefore, our obscurity of hopes for a just society seemingly becomes cloudier as the abstract outline that America has built its dream upon becomes fainter.
“America is like a beautiful, ornate mansion with pristine gardens and well manicured lawns on the outside, however, once you enter through the front door, the stench of the filth that lurks within arrests the human senses like that of a powerful and intoxicating gas, and can render one unconscious; and once you’ve awakened you find that you are enslaved within the walls of an ominous and sinister dungeon; shackled by Capitalistic greed and chained with link, after link, after link of social injustice that leads to dehumanization.” La Royce
My question becomes, will it ever end?, the destruction, the obstruction, the unbalanced power and wealth that seems to teeter on the side of the 1%, as we intoxicatingly look onto as an intense, combustible train wreck awaiting its destiny. Which brings me to the uneasy and ever burdened thought of, how much longer will we sit back and allow the lines of our great county to be scrubbed away until the faintness inevitably disappears to invisible ink stained boundaries?
When does enough actually becomes enough? When does being sick and tired really make you sick of your given circumstances, and tired of pedaling in the cycle of injustice?
My thoughts for penning this morning came about due to the ridiculousness of yet moving forward with a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General. Ms Lynch’s proven record of relentlessly standing on the side of justice, more than qualifies her, and she exudes all capability to stand as the leader in this position. Her education, tenacity and passion caused President Obama to nominate her over 5 months ago. Yet, she has not had the basic decency from our elected law makers to be honored with a confirmation vote. Why?.. She has bipartisan support to be confirmed. So, why?
It’s the stench of the filth that lurks within. It’s the link of the chain that bears the power of injustice towards women. It’s the link of the chain still struggling to hold on to racial oppression. Loretta Lynch would be the first African-American woman to hold the position. She would also be an outstanding Attorney General because of hers gifts of knowledge of our law, and moreover, her passion to uphold the laws of our land. I believe, when fairly, given the opportunity to serve, she will serve at her very best. Again, her record proves it. She will fight to loosen the chains of injustice that America bears.
Loretta Lynch, if you will, is a pawn that will protect her queen (justice), at all costs. Since we are faced with this injustice of her confirmation vote, we need to get in the game. We need to play our role to accomplish justice. Our role is to contact your elected officials of our great Senate and DEMAND a confirmation vote for #Loretta Lynch. Many forget this is our country, every American! We forget that our role does not end when we vote. Until we harness tenacity, and are willing to stand in our struggle against injustice, we will remain enslaved in an ominous dungeon, and the links of the chain will become an eroding rust-stained reminder of our lack of willingness to stand for justice.
America can be beautiful when we stand for justice for all. The obstruction and destruction can end when we hold our elected officials responsible for their actions, or lack thereof. Aren’t you sick of being labeled, and tired of spinning in the same cycle of injustice? It’s time to stand! Let’s break this link of the oppressive chain, stand with and for Loretta Lynch. Write, call, email, sign petitions, or tweet your representative in the Senate to DEMAND a confirmation vote for #Loretta Lynch to be our next Attorney General.
Peace and many Blessings,
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