An American Tradition

As we emerge from social distancing and seek answers, what will be the lasting legacy of the pandemic?

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It is not the 4th of July, baseball, or apple pie.  It is something that is woven even deeper into our American culture than those icons.  It is truest of American traditions, and one that makes us the envy of people around the world, it is our freedom to question our government.  

While many of us are thoroughly confused by all the information we have received.  We are dismayed at being misled either intentionally or unintentionally by the “facts” that change by the day depending on who they benefit.  There is one simple truth that we should keep in mind. 

None of us know the full story right now. 

Not my friends who are local nurses, doctors, and grocery store employees who must go to work to provide hope, treatment and supplies for us all.  Nor my small business owning friends who are closed and told by the government they are “non-essential” and must remain at home, unable to earn a living. 

If we genuinely want to know why this happened, how it can be prevented from happening again and show future generations of Americans a great example of citizenry.  We all need to come together to ask the to ask the tough questions of our elected officials.  Take part in elections to vote for or against those that do not represent the common citizen who has suffered greatly during this time. 

Dividing ourselves at the local community level will not give us the answers we seek and makes this whole process of coming together meaningless if we cannot stay together. 

There is so much good that can come from this experience if we are tolerant of other’s opinions and experiences, graceful in accepting our differences and remember that we have all been impacted in some way. 

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