Looking back over the Civil War, I would have disagreed with Abraham Lincoln on one issue. I would have made sure that every state wanted to belong to the union before I invited them back. If it took Mississippi nearly 150 years to ratify the 13th Amendment, they probably weren’t in a hurry to get back in.
There are some states that seem to disagree with the other states on all kinds of issues. Some states seem to oppose Roe v. Wade and are determined to get rid of all of their abortion clinics. Some states disagree with same-sex marriage and won’t allow it in their state. So, even when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the legality of some issues, some states still hold out.
Some states seem not to want their people to vote, so now they’re looking back over all the ways they used to stop people from voting. Poll taxes, literacy tests, photo identification, they continue to find ways to identify people, though voter fraud seems to have disappeared a long time ago.
It’s gotten to the point that in some parts of the country women are afraid to wake up in the morning for fear they will be confronted with some new law concerning their reproductive rights. Some women are finding that they will have to subject themselves to unnecessary vaginal probes if they find that they are pregnant. Some men have apparently concluded that women are not capable of taking care of their own bodies.
In some states where one political party is in charge of all three branches of government, the people have just taken control. Having the various states making these arbitrary rules, it won’t be long before no two states of the union will have agreed to the same set of laws. Even when we pass a federal law, such as the federal Affordable Care Act, individuals are struggling in innumerable attempts to annul them.
We are all aware, of course, that our nation is divided. Although, we seem to disagree on how long we think we can continue to operate in this state of disrepair. We need desperately to elect some grown people to get in charge of our government. These unfortunate people who think that they can run the government according to their own rules are simply not operating with a full deck.
I suppose when we endure this sequestering situation, ultimately our military will be affected, and we will be unable to defend ourselves.
A lot of our citizens do not realize how many of the people who are making decisions for us have never served in the military and have gone to the limit in avoiding active duty. These are people who just want to sit on the sidelines and talk tough. They don’t ever intend to engage in the conflict. They like to flex their muscles and threaten others in the full knowledge that they are never going to war.
Undoubtedly, I suppose we will have to take the good with the bad. We know in the end that those who are responsible for causing our troubles will not help us bear them. They will disappear out of sight until our troubles are over. But come good and bad, we know that some day financial fairness will come and we will be better for it.
It’s simply a matter of time.