There is quite a bit wrong with America but there is also quite a bit that is right with our country as well.
In times like these, it’s important for us to look back on history so that we’re not prone to repeat it.
Even though these issues should have been implemented when America stole this country from the Native Americans, here are the top 5 issues America has made that you’d think would’ve been understood and carried out under the founding documents of this country.
The Freeing of the Slaves – Duh. Please don’t give me the speech about how slavery was all about business and building a country. This was indeed about power, racism and savagery. Currently, America is a thriving country that is not in the midst of physical, unpaid, slavery as it was historically and business is better than ever. So miss me with the ideology that building a country like a savage was even something we should’ve been doing in the first place. American should have known better.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 – Even though some voter suppression still happens today, it was only 52 years ago that Blacks got the right to go to the polls without intimidation, poll taxes and poll tests. One would think that would be included, at the very least, in the commitment to free the slaves, but somehow that must’ve gotten lost in translation.
Women’s Rights – Women had to tag along beside the most oppressed in order to get the right to vote and the right to be treated as equals even though women are still paid less in corporate America compared to white men. Some of the acts in Congress that liberated Blacks, liberated White women. Being a woman and Black was a double-negative in this country for a very long time.
The Legalization of Marijuana – America is still fighting this battle but some states have decided to legalize the plant for those in need and some have even legalized it recreationally. Cotton, tobacco and cannabis or hemp were the three biggest cash cows for those in power and it’s still a huge revenue source for this country. Now, big pharma is getting it’s paws on weed and making it a pharmaceutical choice for doctors to prescribe to patients.
LGBT Marriage Equality – It’s always been my belief that if you don’t like same-sex marriage, then don’t marry someone of the same sex as yourself. Doesn’t that seem like the right thing to do instead of keeping people from marrying whoever they’d like to marry? What business is it of the government to stop humans from marrying other humans? Only during the last presidency did we see such a mega stride in human equal rights.
Beside putting Charles Manson in the electric chair, America often has tried to at least solve the issues plaguing the people.
However, being ever so faithful in the Age of Trump is difficult. We still have such a long way to go although some Democrats and Republicans think it’s revolutionary to achieve things like decreasing or even stopping the number of Officers who kill unarmed people. Things like that are not revolutionary, they are right. It’s time we get back to the business of the American people, even with a President like the one we currently have in office.