Who Are You?
Yesterday, December 18, 2019, was a very historic day. The President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump, was impeached by the House of Representatives. We all know this, because it was reported, and reported again, and again by news and social media, and by the time I'm writing this, this is old news.
Today is December 19, 2019, and I want to ask you a simple question: Who are you?
The last 3 years, and the years preceding to the 2016 election, we assumed so many labels: Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians, Independents, Christians, Atheists, Agnostics, Vegans, Homosexuals, Lesbians, Gays, Social Justice Warriors, Trumpians, etc. and the labels go on and on. The last 10 years, we lost sight of who we are as a country. We are Americans, living in the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
We are Americans
While it is important to belong to a tribe that defines our identity, we are loosing sight of something far more important, and that is the reason Russia, China, India, and even North Korea, is winning the ideological war of the minds.
We live in an age where labels matter, because these labels form our identity, but labels also tend to have this ability to divide us. I want to remind you that, you are ultimately an American.
You might identify with Republican politics or Democratic politics, but you are ultimately an American, and you need to realize that the person who you disagree with is also an American. That person that you disagree with might disgust you to your core by the way they dress, or talk, but they are also an American. That's what makes this country so great, that we can have different ideas, and live as one.
Here is a quick list that I want to use to remind everyone:
Respect Each Other
Do not put each other down because of an idea. The other person is not an idiot because they don't see things your way, and it is your responsibility to try to explain your idea to them.
Be Open Minded
Being one tribe or another doesn't make you automatically an open minded individual. I know this because I felt I was open minded when I was close minded. When someone is taking the time to explain something to you, and respecting you as an American, you owe them the decency to be open minded and try to understand their perspective.
We all can't have things our way. Politicians can't compromise, because they are dealing with things at a much different level, but we, at an individual level, can! If your coworker wants to say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays" because they are Christians, and they celebrate Christmas, it is okay to come down a little and wish them "Merry Christmas" This is you compromising your beliefs for your coworker, but remember that we live in a country where we have different ideas and we can share these different ideas. That's what makes us great!
Be An American
Remember that at the end of the day, the only label that matters is that you're an American. Your ancestory might be from India, China, France, or Brazil, but if you are living in America, and you're casting a vote, you are an American, so follow the steps above, and let's learn to live together again in peace and harmony.
The only way we're going to beat Russia in 2020 is by being Americans.
And finally, if you celebrate Christmas, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. If you do not celebrate Christmas, I want to wish you Happy Holidays. I hope you enjoy the time with your family and friends, and remember that we need each other. I want to wish you a Happy New Year in 2020.