It’s July 4th, and I’m watching a British tennis tournament. Can’t decide if that’s funny or just life.

This post isn’t fabric or book related, so my apologies to those who only visit my blog for those topics. (I know, it’s been a while since I posted about anything, so you are probably shocked to find anything new at all.) This post is my attempt to not be quiet.

There are a lot of thoughts running through my head these days and I will try to put some of them into some coherent form. The Constitution of the United States (original document) seemed to primarily protect the rich white men of European descent. There were a whole lot of groups that didn’t fair so well. And so when someone starts talking about sticking solely with what the Constitution says, I get a bit bothered. After all, if we only stuck with the original Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I wouldn’t be able to vote and many of my friends would potentially be owned by someone. I’m not okay with that.

The passage of time has added amendments, as society changed and we realized that it was really important we recognize the rights of more groups. We should be a nation where every person should feel that someone “like them” is helping to guide the country, whether that’s a skin color, religious belief, identified gender, or other broad characteristic.

With this many different view points present, there will be conflicts. There will be disagreements. In a democracy we are not required to agree with each other, or even to like each other. But we ARE required to listen politely to each other, to argue politely, to not prohibit each other from speaking. We are required to work together. We are also required to protect those being bullied, those being silenced, those being attacked.

I think we need to take a long, hard look at ourselves and our country. We need to remember that military might does not make this country strong. What do people talk about when a disaster has fallen on a community? Not what a strong police presence is there. They talk about how that community puts aside differences and works together. We need to do this as a country, not just as a town or a neighborhood. We need the strength of cooperation in our towns, cities, counties, states, and as a nation. We need businesses not just pursuing the most money but pursuing making money while supporting their surrounding area. We need clubs, churches, and other organizations working together to help those who don’t belong to their organizations.

We need to “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

Happy Independence Day, friends!