The America of the late 90s and early 2000s taught kids to be patriotic, to embrace their roles as proud Americans. We were taught patriotic songs like, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “This Land is Your Land”, “Proud To Be An American”, and most importantly “God Bless America”. All the anthems which were there to instill our patriotic instincts, to make the stars and stripes flow through our veins. All those anthems which echo in our heads as we watch the news night after night, hearing and seeing the chaos that is going on within our own country and the never-ending war going on around the world.
The America of today is where teachers question if its right to make students pledge allegiance to a flag of a divided country. A country where racism is widely evident and by some God-forsaken reason accepted, where exercising your first amendment right can get you sent to jail, where innocent children are taken from their families. A country where it takes days of protests to convince the President to pass an executive order to stop ripping families apart.
The America of the late 90s and early 2000s was a place everyone wanted to go, wanted to live, and wanted to thrive. The America of today is a place where dreams go to die, families are torn, rights are promised and taken away in the same sentence. The America of today is the place where kids are scared to go to school because they fear getting shot. Those of us who do survive memorized the Preamble of the Constitution;
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Constitution has been amended twenty-seven times in American history, every time it is to fulfill one of the seven requirements stated in the Preamble. And to that I say;
We the People of the United States stand together as one. We the People of the United States will kneel at the sound of the national anthem. We the People of the United States will resist injustice.
We the People of the United States will not be silenced.