America’s 250-year history is rich with wonders long forgotten by the loud voices of today. Rich with wonders that the loud voices remember, with hate in their hearts.
It is our right, it is our duty, to throw off those loud voices. Not by reacting to their violence with violence, but by remembering those who filled us with wonder. May their memories be blessed.
They gave us our Bill Of Rights. The loud voices of today devote themselves to undoing our Bill Of Rights — specifically, our First, Second, Fourth, and Tenth Amendments. May we remember what life was like without our Bill Of Rights.
They defended our freedom in the War of 1812, and gave us our National Anthem as a symbol of our freedom. May we remember what life was like when we were colonies.
They declared slavery to be inhumane, and gave us our Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to make slavery unconstitutional. May we remember what life was like for Africans who were enslaved in Africa by Africans and sold to slave traders.
They declared women and men to have equal voting rights, and gave us our Nineteenth Amendment. May we remember countries in the Middle East, where women lack the right to vote and other unalienable Rights.
They defended us against Germany (twice) and Japan, and stood tall against the Soviet Union’s threat: “We will bury you”. May we remember what life is like when governments seek to replace God.
They defended and uplifted the descendants of slavery with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Great Society, Affirmative Action, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. May we remember what life was like before Whites and Blacks and Jews and Christians joined together in the Civil Rights Movement.
They turned the Ivy League into a place where White students are a minority. May we remember what life was like when non-Whites were uncommon in the Ivy League.
They elected a Black President (twice), making it clear that America is not an institutionally racist nation. May we remember what life was like when nobody believed a Black President was possible.
May the loud voices fall silent. May we remember America.