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Look at America as Our Larger Family

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During tough times, we often forget the value and benefits of family. What if we look at America as our larger family? Are we forgetting what it means to belong and maintain loyalty to our larger democratic family that is America?

 

America will not survive and be sustained unless we remember. Unless we fight to protect it.  

 

Pause and seriously imagine what life would be like if our democratic form of government were not in place. As imperfect as it might be.  

 

In this divisive political season, it so easy to forget, so easy to take for granted all the benefits of our democratic form of government. We should look at America as our larger family.

 

Are you willing to sit idlily by and let it be destroyed by those who seem willing to be led by lies, deception and misinformation? 

 

The overriding decision before us: Will there be enough Americans who will choose to uphold and protect our democracy or just watch its demise? 

 

You would not sit by and allow threatening forces to destroy your immediate family? You would intervene. You would do something. 

 

We will do something if we look at America as our larger family.

Look at America As Our Larger Family

Look at America as Our Larger Family
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Plus, we must remember that our immediate families are not islands. The health, wellbeing and future of family members are inextricably tied to the health, wellbeing, and future of America. 

 

If we allow our government to fall into further chaos and dysfunction, it will be just a matter of time before greater pain is felt in our households. By our precious loved ones. 

 

2022 can be the defining year—a turning point—in what America becomes. What life will be like for our immediate families. A recent poll offers a glimmer of hope that we might be finally seeing the light. 

 

If we look at America as our larger family, now is the time to take three critical actions. 

 

First, take every opportunity to consistently confront the lies and misrepresentations spewing from politicians with personal agendas, and extreme media sources that play into and continue to spread them. 

 

Sadly, a great percentage of our fellow Americans has bought into and believe those lies and misrepresentations because they refuse to search for the facts and truths for themselves. They think the course we are on will be good for them. 

 

Secondly, demand that our voting rights are protected, and our election process is secure to prevent the shenanigans, lies, and potential disruptions of citizens legitimately casting their votes. 

 

Great societies fall when those of who know better choose to do nothing. The annals of history are strewn with examples. We can prevent this from happening if we look at America as our larger family.

 

Thirdly, ask where are we headed as a nation and, if you don’t like the answer, do something about it while there is time. 

 

Our individual families make up the greater American family. 

 

Let us look at America as our larger family.

Look at America as Our Larger Family

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Janice Ellis
Janice Ellis
Janice S. Ellis, PhD, is an award-winning author. Her book, From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major book sellers. She has written a column for newspapers, radio, and now online, where she analyzes educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. You can see her writings on this website.

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