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What does America’s future look like?

I have always loved Thanksgiving Day, my favorite time of year. Maybe, it’s the  memories of our family and relatives gathered together with big holiday dinners to celebrate the harvest, and all we have to be thankful for. Maybe it’s the history, the story about a group of pilgrims and freedom seekers who journeyed across treacherous seas joining together with native Americans to celebrate a safe arrival and their survival to live, worship, to govern a new body of believers. Their fight, fortitude and union to create, sign and document a new constitution and declaration of independence from the British was reason enough to celebrate. It is  a time to just be thankful for having all that they made possible, and what this country has meant to me a s a descendant of German/Russian immigrants.

When my grandfather came to this country in 1889 from Russia he was just three yeas old, accompanied by his parents, (my great grandparents) siblings and relatives. They were excited to be on a ship coming to a new land, a new home, a place his father promised would be free of persecution, tyranny and anarchy, without a ruling czar, prying eyes, secret police, riots, revolutions and socialism, and ultimately a country never to worry about a Communist regime that would decide our fate, our future.

But, here it is, 2020, the election over and we now have a new ‘president elect’ and ‘vice president elect’ ready, with a hand picked team eager to enforce their new agenda that looks very different from what we have known for over two hundred years, held sacred and fought to keep safe and secure. The changes coming and in the works to move forward looks much like a kaleidoscope full of different pieces, shapes and sizes thrown in the mix like the faces of each promising to help “change the future of America”. The safety, economic security, prosperity and democratic and religious freedoms we’ve had and come to know, love and expect now looks doubtful as a new president moves in to secure his place in history at the Whitehouse and new measures are put in place to set a new course.  Will we be able to still enjoy Thanksgiving Day dinners with our families without restrictions, or attend our religious services as we once did? Will we be assured that when we need a police officer to come to our aid, he will not be attacked, killed, stopped or lacking to facilitate our rescue or help needed? Will we have to watch for stalking eyes that lurk on our social media sites, censoring our posts? Will there still be mobs and riots that threaten our lives, loot or steal from us, burn or ransack our homes and businesses? What does America’s future look like? Time will tell, but I don’t put my trust in man alone, but in God who assures me that my future is secure in His hands, not in one who resides in the Whitehouse. It is God who ultimately has control. That is comforting. That is what gives me peace. That is what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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Joyce Mannhalter (Nov. 2020) 

     

Posted November 19, 2020 by Joyce in Faith, My Writings, Politics

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America, endangered

I remember beautiful cities I once visited; Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Washington D.C., New York city… the list goes on. It was not about the monuments or museums visited, infrastructure erected, landscape or location that made them great cities, but its history and sense of community that made it ‘home’ to those living there. Whether driving through affluent neighborhoods with manicured, landscaped yards, little clapboard or cottage cape cod houses, or the boroughs of crowded brick tenement apartment buildings there was a culture all its own. Is that now gone forever? It is certainly all changed. Is it in danger of ever being once what it was? Where/when did this country, or its leaders fail its people, to change all that we loved, took pride in, and vowed to protect and preserve ? Are we still in America, the Beautiful, or America, endangered? Where are the people that took pride in their cities, preserving, protecting what they had created? Are they all now in the streets of these cities looting, protesting, destroying and knocking down monuments erected of historical events and leaders that once fought for the people’s rights and freedoms? Are they the ones vandalizing public and private properties, victimizing the innocent that stand by and watch their homes or their businesses burned, their monuments destroyed? Why do they refuse the help, want to defund or abolish  the police and federal agents that took an oath to guard and protect all the people, black and white, red and Asian, poor and rich, homeless and sheltered, Jewish, Christian, Muslim or Atheist? What started as a “black lives matter” movement for racial injustice has now become more a revolution to oppose humane justice for all. These mobs are driven by the powers of socialists and anarchists to destroy all that we fought to preserve; our democracy, our freedoms, our free will, our voice, our culture, our livelihood our future, our faith, our very existence. Whatever name they choose to call themselves they are now killing, injuring and wreaking havoc on the innocent. They are not just common folks with a sign and a cry for change, but leaders, officials and politicians in office. Though we are not forced to take sides, to commit to, or support one group or party, we have a choice and we have a voice. Where do we draw the line at what is allowed or acceptable when the blood of the innocent pools at the feet of protestors aligned with anarchists? Who will speak for the victims of a revolution gone bad? Who will we stand with, not fight against? Are we still even one nation? We are for certain not, “one nation under God,” But, one so divided, so broken that there is no longer an America the Beautiful, but one endangered. And it is the latter one I fear is soon to be extinct if it cannot stand as one and come together for the sake of democracy and justice for all.

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Joyce E. Mannhalter © July 2020

 

Posted July 29, 2020 by Joyce in Essays, My Writings, Politics

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