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21st Century Lesbian Trailer Trash

These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day

The question of the week on my favorite message board is "Where do you see America headed during the next ten years?"

This has always been a vibrant and changing country. A country that has fostered change and growth in every aspect throughout our history. A country that has struggled and fought for the cause of liberty and justice for all. A country of rugged individualists and seekers of Truth.

But today and for the last several decades I have watched as we slide down the slippery slope of self interest and fear.

Racism remains rampant. Racial profiling has become the new necessity of terrorism. Personal privacy is no longer sacred. We talk about the greater good and the interest of the many over the few. And yet who does this serve?

It serves only the rich and the powerful. And it will not serve them in the end if the "little people" are left to founder in the morass of anger, fear, and despair. Sooner or later more people will wake up and realize that they indeed are not living the American dream; that they may never have an opportunity to live that dream. I foresee urban riots visiting us again if we do not take a hard turn toward fixing what is wrong with this country.

We care more about profit and power than we care about children, the poor, the elderly, the ill and the infirm. During the settlement of the old west, people banded together to care for each other. Yes, there were some shameful times during that history. But remembering that people are a product of their times, we must forgive those people and recognize that they were forming true communities. Not perfect communities, but communities in which every person had an important and valued role to play.

Today, the world is our village. And yet America seems once again to want to close its doors and huddle behind the sofa as though we are in the midst of the London blitz. If we do not get over the great fear that all the world wishes to do us harm and take away all of our toys, we will surely die behind that sofa.

*The opinions in this entry are in no way connected with Sojourners Magazine.


Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

I could give you a great big *hug* for what you just wrote, but how about a round of *wild applause?*

Well done, Pam...

2:48 PM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

Why thank you Miss Nelle :o)

8:35 AM PDT  
Blogger KMae said...

I think it is ALL so depressing. I just can't help it, I try to be positive but forget about it. If we can ever get married (BEFORE I DIE) & not be second class citizens - only then will I have hope again.

9:00 AM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

Hey KMae. I think it's just that simple yet just that complicated. Right now, this country places little if any value on anyone's rights. The GLBT community aren't the only second class citizens.

I think it's important to fight for our rights; but also to maintain perspective and fight for human rights around the globe. If one is not free, none are free.

9:35 AM PDT  
Blogger just me said...

What a great post today. TY.

2:55 PM PDT  
Blogger Mocha said...

I'll give the hug, the applause, and a hand holding. We'll consider it like a Hands Across America that is long overdue. Cheesy? Yes. But if we hold hands in this kind of solidarity then we truly can overcome this ugly blot on our nation at this time.

Never did answer you, but yes, Ken and Syd would get along great. Just visited her (again..I crept over there once before from here) and do so love her wicked sense of humor. We should all get a drink sometime...

5:37 PM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

I like the idea of Hands Across America. We ought to do it every couple of years at least. And we could pass the coffee along while we're at it.

The next time I'm in your neck of the woods I'm going to look you up. If nothing else, I'll do a coffee shop search ;^)

hugs to one of my fave straight grrls

7:44 AM PDT  
Anonymous katy said...

I'm continue to be surprised by all the fear we have about things that aren't important--gay marriage, immigrants, Iraq, etc. There are real issues in this country that are far scarier--the government looking at all our records, the amount of people living in poverty, the decline of the dollar, the fact that politics is so completely screwed up.

Hmmmmm. I did't know I had that rant in me.


9:36 AM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

Every now and then we all have a rant that takes us by surprise ;^)

4:04 PM PDT  

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