You don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it.
If someone had told me on January 1, 2020 that before the first six months of the new year had past we would have lost the freedom to meet friends for a day of shopping and lunch, to hug our children and grandchildren, to hold a birthday party or a club meeting or to go to a movie or a sports event, I would have wondered if you had, in fact, lost your mind. Could you have ever imagined that your elderly relative would die alone in a convalescent home or a hospital and you would not be able to hold a funeral. Did you ever think you would not have the freedom to send your child to school or get your hair done? Somehow, in a short period of time, we have lost all the important things we have always taken for granted. We have even lost the lower half of our faces and the ability to share a smile. Somehow, I never thought of these as freedoms – I thought of them as a way of life and yet they must have been freedoms because they have been taken away.
Now they want to take away our guns and our right to protect ourselves and our families. They want to take away our freedom of speech in the name of censorship. They want to take away our ability to call the police if we are attacked and take our sense of safety and security. They want our syrup and our rice. They want to destroy our history and our statues and our constitution. They want to burn our flag and disrespect our National Anthem. They want the hearts, minds and votes of our children. They want to eliminate our important works of literature and film that tell of the history of our great country because they need to cancel our culture. They want to destroy, loot and burn down our ability to make a living. They want to take away our choice to go to our neighborhood polling place and cast our votes for the very people who will protect our freedoms. They want to steal our elections by flooding the country with millions of mail in ballots. They want to destroy democracy.
I, for one, do not want to look back on January 1, 2021 and wonder what the hell happened in the year 2020. We are at war. We are in the fight of our lives for our country, our constitution and yes- our freedom. It is time to stand and fight and our weapons as responsible citizens are our voices and our votes. Our great President Donald Trump is all that stands between us and them. God help us all if we have to admit that we didn’t know what we had until we lost it!
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