In 1861, South Carolina seceded from the Union.
They quit on the idea of being part of the great American dream. The threat had been in the air for many decades.
You can feel free to speculate on what caused this breach. Some people insist it was states’ rights being violated by the federal government. Others will tell you the country was torn asunder by the issue of slavery.
I find the debate to be irrelevant–because even though a war was fought, which cost the lives of more than a million American citizens, what brought this democracy to the brink of destruction is still lurking.
Even though we insist that we are “the United States of America,” our lack of definition and unity on freedom, equality and justice continues to tear us asunder.
We ridiculously talk about “red states” and “blue states” like it’s some sort of game, when actually, a more intelligent glance at the divisions of those states gives you virtually the same map that was present during the Civil War.
When you count the states that were sympathetic to the Southern cause, the red states pretty well reflect the once-organized Confederacy. Likewise, the blue states comprise the Union.
Even though we believe in the power of debate and controversy in this country, we must understand that open wounds continue to seep viral puss, and also are susceptible to further infection.
There are certain things we need to agree upon to keep from destroying our royal decree.
We must define three words, and we must come to agreement on them, or we will continue to debate what should never be questioned:
And may this humble essayist offer a possible starting ground for the clearing house of understanding.
Freedom: I possess no freedom if you do not possess the same freedom.
Justice: Every person is given an equal interpretation under the law, without prejudice regarding any of his or her choices.
Liberty: We are granted the license to pursue our dreams as long as they do not injure or interfere in the dreams of others.
The reason these definitions are rarely accepted is because they do not always submit to religious propriety, moral uprightness or social calm.
That’s the price you pay for being in a democracy. One person’s freedom is your annoyance. And your forbearance is permission for that person to be free.
We are torn asunder. We have not escaped the decision by South Carolina to leave the Union. And we will not be powerful and productive again until each and every one of us swallows a bit of our pride and self-righteousness and arrives at a solution that will “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.”
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