One of the stupidest things I tend to hear from many people whenever you question a policy or law is “THIS IS AMERICA, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT” when you love something you do not simply leave it.
While I did this stamp for a generalized idiocy of that saying, I would say if every time someone had an issue with a policy or law and simply chose to leave rather than advocating the changing, reforming or abolishing that law than we would still be back with the same ways that we were at our founding, and … chains + me + working in the fields as property for 16 hours a day is not exactly my idea of liberty.
When you love something you do not leave it, you work hard to change that thing which you believe to be in the way of your view of what liberty is. Be it the abolishment of slavery, the right for women to vote, the right for blacks to vote, the right for gays to have the right to marry as their heterosexual counterparts and so on…whatever you deem important and believe would be for the betterment of the country is what you should fight for to change the status quo of perceived apathetic views of rationed liberty.
I know many would have views that they believe will be for the betterment for the country while from my view I may believe would be terrible for the country, yet that is the beauty of a Democratic Republic [aka Constitutional Republic] as we have, you have the right to speak your business, if the idea makes sense perhaps more people will come to your side of thinking until you make up a small force of people wishing to change a law or policy…and once you have this perhaps enough people will pay attention to change the policy or laws that you want. If not, then that too is a part of a Democratic Republic, simply because you have an idea, even if you are in a majority does not mean that the rights or ideas of others must be superseded to your wants…
I cannot fathom to think what the country would be like if every time someone in history from Paine to King, from Jefferson to Rustin, from Washington to Debs, from Deborah Samson [woman who disguised herself as a man to fight in the revolutionary war because she felt that is what she needed to do to change the direction of the country] to Rosa Parks and the many others who have come before, and since… looked at injustice and social woes of man and rather than said… well I do not love this so I must simply leave it.. placed their lives on the line to fight the injustice of their day.. either with the gun, the sword, the pen, the internet or whatever tool you use to get your point across... what this nation would look like, a cesspool of accepted bigotry, sexism, racism, slavery… so no, I say this is America, if you love it you won’t leave it!
Change can either be good or bad, ideas can either be good or bad yet saying be apathetic to the woes of man or leave a place in my mind makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
As always, my pieces are spoken by me and are only the opinion of mine.
… Goes back to my liberal, progressive, democratic socialist cave.
Credits and Additions:
Songs listened to while typing
Check out my hippie playlist [link]
Tracy Chapman: Talking about a revolution: [link]
Lisa Gerrard: Now we are free: [link]
Yusuf Islam: Peace Train: [link]
Other pieces to check out:
Not fiscally conservative, fiscally pragmatic [link]
Leftist Pragmatism vs. Rightist Idealism [link]
My political ideologies: [link]
Liberals and gun ownership: [link]
Why socialism? [link]
Pure socialism vs democratic socialism [link]
Gay rights in America I: [link]
Gay rights in America II: [link]
Debate with an “ex gay” Christian convert: [link]
Influence map: [link]
An atheist on theism & atheism: [link]
Declaration of truth: [link]
What it means to be an atheist: [link]
Atheist leftist answers your questions...: [link]
An atheist debates an atheist on theism: [link]
[main piece] Abortion: [link]
Abortion stamp 1: [link]
Abortion stamp 2: [link]
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As always comrades,
Let knowledge be that truth, which portrays humanity, condemns malevolence; that respects the differences in others while abandoning the hatred and misconceptions of the past.