Today, America's 235th Birthday, we Americans have so much to be thankful for.

While celebrating let's remember what it is we're celebrating. . In the face of strife and bloodshed a new country was founded on the premise that ALL people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. it was an all-inclusive vision. This was really radical at the time.

We've struggled to maintain that ideal for a very long time. We're still struggling for that.

Today, I think of all the struggles facing America, all the new laws that are being enacted to opress various groups and beliefs in this country today. I think we may be at a crossroad in our country's history.

Answers.com defines opression this way:

"There are several ways one can be oppressed.

One is by being treated with little respect, belittled, and dominated by domeone who treats them cruelly: emotionally, physically or mentally.

Another way of being oppressed is by behaving towards them in a way that causes them to be ill with stress, or worry, or just to be of constant bother to them, almost wearing their sense of self worth down to nothing.

Oppression is not a good thing. When someone feels oppressed, they may be letting themselves be available to all kinds of manipulation, almost like brainwashing."

How many of the laws being considered and enacted right now in our country are attempting to limit and distort the American dream?
 
Today, let's remember that the struggle for equality and liberty is ever present. America was born because brave men and women believed that ALL men have the right to be all that they can be. Through the years this great country as worked diligently to ensure that this dream would be a reality. It's up to each and every one of us to continue this struggle….to make it a reality for ourselves and for each other. America will continue to be a great country as long as we can remember what she stands for. Working together, we can do this.
 
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