Our country has had 44 presidents since its independence. Our system of governance is set up so we work together for a “more perfect union.”
We should never consider shutting down our government over ideological disagreements. We should never work to ensure our president fails in his endeavors. The president, as elected by the people, deserves respect and a Congress willing to work with him, despite disagreements between the ruling political parties.
Whatever the reason for their disagreements with the president, Congress has the responsibility of serving the people.
This great nation, despite its faults, is forever striving to improve the lives of all its citizens. Whether black or white, rich or poor, gay or straight, Christian or atheist, we must work together to uphold the belief that “all men are created equal” and deserve the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
We have always been an inclusive country, welcoming “the huddled masses yearning to be free.” If we build walls, there must also be doors of opportunity for all.
It is the citizens who run this country, not political parties, corporations, or religious organizations. It is the right and duty of the citizens to be accepting and inclusive of those with whom we disagree. We must work through our differences no matter how long it takes.
Together, we are a powerful country. We are the United States of America.
Sandy Boshkoff, Granite City