Thought Provoking Roadside Sign in Sibley, LA [OPINION]
I originally saw this sign in Sibley in 2015... Oh boy! What would our founding fathers think of us now in 2020?!?!? At the time I originally posted about this sign we were in the midst of a nationwide discussion about political correctness. Fast forward five years to the day... We're still talking about political correctness, just in the paradigm of the Black Lives Matter movement. When you add in the political infighting of an election year and the coronavirus pandemic, you know our forefathers are rolling in their graves!
Our government structure is a masterpiece of checks and balances designed to ensure that no one political group can dictate the direction of our country. Well, it's working and we're now more divided than ever. Each opposing side is so sure they're right, they're not even interested in hearing a different viewpoint. The gloves have come off and there's not even the appearance of civility between our two main parties.
We're dealing with some highly complex issues as a country. COVID-19 kills. But so does poverty. I'm not saying I know the answer, but I do know we have to be willing to at least hear each other out. Are we losing personal liberties? Yes, every single day and it started happening way before this. Should we do some things like wear a mask for the great good? Yes. I'm not trying to start a fight here, but I'd love to hear respectful discussion about the issues facing us today. Are we capable?
Original post from July 23, 2015:
I saw this last Sunday on HWY 371 in Sibley, LA on my way to a float workday for the Krewe of Akewa and it really got me to thinking... When did we get so sensitive?
I understand the need for a degree of political correctness and basic civility to others with respect to the fact that they are fellow human beings, but are we going overboard? Have we forgotten about, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?' When did we cross the line? Our country was founded on religious freedom and as an extension, the right to think your own thoughts, come to your own conclusions, and the right to voice said opinions, no matter how absurd others may find them. Why do we constantly try to silence each other?
Why are we trying to re-write history? Edmund Burke had it right when he said, “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
It's not the time to brush things under the rug. Frankly, we've done that long enough and look where it's gotten us. I think it's time to face things head-on and call them for what they are. The minority has been over-ruling the majority for way too long.
I'm not trying to go off on a political tangent here, but seriously, why can't we all get along and respect each other? You just can't legislate people's thoughts, only their hearts can do that.