After reading so many partisan posts expressing strong sentiments for or against issues and points of view, I thought it might be a good idea on this holiday, to express my own personal point of view as an American who has lived through multiple wars, economic ups and downs, Republican and Democratic regimes and now, a first even for me, a pandemic.
I have tried to understand why people these days express such radical views of each other when we all have a common bond that has brought us, our parents and our ancestors together to share in the greatest democracy the world has ever known. So I am going to list my beliefs as a citizen of America, the beliefs I have shared and defended when visiting other countries that do not have the freedoms we enjoy.
In this publication, I have written primarily about local issues and taken positions that may or may not be popular, but the purpose today is to put those opinions aside and address the much more important issue of what it means to be an American. I invite you to comment on what being an American means to you as well. If you wish to comment in private, go to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will not share your comments if you do not wish them to be public.
So here is my list:
I believe in America
I do not believe in communism, fascism. dictatorships, a radical left or a radical right. I believe in democracy.
I believe in the US Constitution, all its freedoms, responsibilities, checks & balance.
I believe in freedom of speech, the most fundamental freedom and cornerstone of our democracy.
I believe in a police force that respects all fellow American citizens and the law
I Believe in protecting our borders
I believe in legal immigration
I detest violence of one American to another.
I believe in a fair tax code that creates the incentive for all Americans to succeed, not just the wealthy
I believe in government spending oversight to protect taxpayers
I believe in a strong, up-to-date military to protect us and advance the cause of democracy abroad.
I believe in regulations that protect the environment and protect consumers.
I believe in helping the poorest among us to survive and providing the tools they need to succeed.
I believe in science as the rational source of information to keep us safe and improve our lives.
I believe we should respect the right of every American to express their views even if they disagree with mine.
That’s it. I also have opinions about many things, but these are my beliefs. Again, I invite your comments and criticisms.