A Red, White, & Blue Reflection

We are about halfway to 2017 with a set of gruesome and indignities that can make one ponder if pessimism is the only proper viewpoint. Yet, in times as such we should not become hard by the petrifying stories that fill the means of communication. Instead, we should grow intolerable to the indifferences and incoherencies that surround us daily. This article is a reflection on one of the most important principles of the United States, "We the People of the United States."

"We" is an excluding word, yet in the context that it is used in the quote above, it is not a VIP lounge were only a few are admitted based on some strict standards. It is a group of people that can live together in harmony with their differences, and who believe in "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." But, how can some Americans say that they stand by those three ideas? Constantly in the news people hear of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness being hampered by agendas. For instance, the idiocy of the ban on the LGBT community donating blood, or the constant budget cuts that heavily affect low-income individuals. It is un-American to deprive people of those three ideas, even if they may be new to the country. Everyone should have a fair chance with the American philosophy.

It becomes harder to deny this argument when one reflects on the entirety of the quote mentioned in the first paragraph, "We the People of the United States." There is no mention of creed, ethnicity, or any identifying features that constitutes an American. It is just an agreement that an individual makes, which is to uphold what the forefathers wrote in the constitution. Thus, if a man prefers the company of another man, a woman who prefers the company of another woman, or one who prefers another gender rather than the one given, it should be no concern of the public. One's sexual preference or identity is of a private matter. As religion should be a private matter that does not penetrate the public sphere. We should strive for a society that knows how to logically, fairly, and accurately separate private and public matters. A harmonious society with many different: creeds, beliefs, opinions, thoughts, criticisms, lifestyles, ethnicities, and so on.

This is not the American dream, but the American reality. A dream is what occurs in the mind of an individual, whereas reality is what everyone experiences physically and mentally.