Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? These sound like some ridiculous questions but lately they are becoming more difficult to answer. Are you a registered voter and how are you registered? I watch and listen to the campaign ads for the candidates and really want to know how they stand on the issues, they seldom answer the important questions and more often what party they are affiliated with is not revealed.
How I am registered is my business and I really wish that I could belong to a third party (or perhaps it would be a fourth) I would like to be a registered American free to vote for whom ever I choose. You see I am tired of being labeled; politically, religiously, racially, and socially. My political choice is mine and I need not share it with anybody that comes knocking on my door. My religious beliefs are mine and stronger than my political views. Racially there is only one race, the human race and the more I have traveled and met with other humans the more I realize that people all over face the same daily decisions as I do; How do I survive, feed a family, keep a roof over our heads, educate my children and what do they need to be educated in?
Socially what is my place in society am I a chef, a baker, a truck driver, a teacher, a police officer? Whatever path we choose, we work hard, we are honest, and yet socially we are we are judged for the very things that make us who we are. Who am I? I am a man, a father, a husband, a grandfather, I grew up with a family; father – mother – siblings. I obey the laws of my world while following the laws of my beliefs, racially I am a human being, the product of my family lineage but racially I am human. Socially who am I? Who are you? Who are we? I like to think we are America, the backbone of this great country?
That is who WE are collectively, we are America. We are the workers, the tax payers, the voters who elect the politicians to represent us. When we lose sight of the facts, the truths, that are the history of where we have been, what has brought us to where we are today, and the lessons we have learned, the great and wonderful accomplishments we have made, the knowledge that will guide us into a better future, and we, instead, allow division, when we accept no longer standing together as Americans as normal, then we really do need to ask, “Who are we?” before the sad questions asked are “Who were we and how did we allow this to happen here?”