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The values and laws that make America great are at risk for being replaced by ones that are less noble, less honorable, and less workable. Where are the defenders of the Constitution and its Amendments that have set this nation apart from any other? What has happened to respect for and adherence to the rule of law? What has happened to freedom of the press? For starters. This erosion, like cancer, is spreading.

Fundamentally, it seems our representative government, which should be of the people and by the people is losing its way. The voices and defenders of truth and honesty, when it comes to public discourse and advancing public policy, seem to be drowning in a sea of lies and distortions. The lies and distortions are coming from those who hold the most visible and powerful positions in this nation: The President, some Senators, and some Representatives.

Are we really becoming a country, a citizenry that finds acceptable the blatant disregard for honesty, truth, and the rule of law? Is such behavior the new normal? The values and laws that make America great are being ignored and turned upside down. To whom do we turn?

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Values and Laws that Make America Great. Photo Credit: SerrNovik

America, the beautiful. Is it now only a song, with empty words? No doubt, many of us long to hold on to what makes America beautiful. No doubt, many of us long for conduct and decorum from our leaders that will honor America and its citizens. No doubt, we long for a President, Vice President, Senators, and Representatives who are great role models.

There was a time when aspiring to be a public servant, an elected official, was an honorable and noteworthy profession. Who can you point to as great role models for your children, your grandchildren, for yourself? Who do you look up to as a model public official, who works for the best interest of the people who elected him/her, who works for the best interest of America?

What we are witnessing today from the highest offices in our land is not just shameful, hurtful, it is putting the very values and laws that make America great at risk.

The future of America and how it will be governed is at a critical crossroads. We, the people, can only determine which road will be taken. Will you stand for the values and laws that make America great?

Feature Photo Credit: FabrikaCr

Values and Laws that Make America Great

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Willie Anderson says:

    The question of whether basic American values and laws are at risk of being replaced is not a binary choice. The current Administration is acting and operating outside the rule of law as most of us understand it. They are attempting to normalize a certain contempt for the rule of law. And what is even more telling is the fact that when Blacks publicly protest in an effort to get their grievances heard, their actions are labeled as lawlessness; and the ‘law and order’ battle flag is waved at every opportunity. So the first order of business is to let our vote be our voice. After the November election we will have a clear answer on whether the current band of White House occupants and their willing enablers should stay or go. Once they are gone, then the question of whether we are a nation of laws will still have to be answered. And if we reaffirm that we are indeed a nation of laws then it will e incumbent upon each citizen to follow the path of righteousness and insist that those laws be applied equitably and without regard to race, creed, or color. We are now as a nation grudgingly admitting the existence of systemic racism as the proverbial elephant in the room. How this question is resolved will go a long way towards answering the fundamental question of whether this country is truly a nation of laws and values.

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