And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The road is so long.
– John Lennon,
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
It is the Christmas season all over the world. As I acknowledge this, I cannot help but wonder: Which country and/or people keep and honor Christmas in the most fitting way?
Is it the United States? Is it because we have more than 7 percent unemployment – in part because so, so many of our Christmas gifts come from other countries? Is it because Republicans cannot agree that all – I repeat, all – Americans need health insurance? Is it because U.S. troops – human beings – are fighting and dying in two countries where it is highly rumored these governments are very corrupt? Is it because, after more than 200 years of being a country, we still have bigotry and prejudice?
If you are like me and don’t like the answers to these questions, it is not too late to make the answers more positive for the sake of our future. We have got to come to some understanding that we cannot continue to purchase almost everything that is made in other countries! We have got to understand that U.S. troops are also moms, dads, sons and daughters.
Our U.S. troops need to be brought home now. As
for the bigotry and the denial of health insurance, I believe these go hand-in-hand. How can a society claim to be civilized when so many millions of our citizens are without the very necessary safety net of health insurance?
Perhaps this Christmas will be the start of better times in our country. If we all truly understand the real meaning of Christmas, we can change things for the better.
Timothy Monroe Bledsoe
North Augusta, S.C.