The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 13, 2013

Find the courage


---- — Find the courage


I live in a country that is the greatest in the world still, but it has a problem. The people who are supposed to run the country no longer try; they have been beaten down by a liberal and biased news media, let down by the people they elected to be leaders but are traitors to their word and so the country, and a president who won election with lies, media bias, deep-pocketed friends and who, yes, appears to be a traitor to his oath of office and the country.

It is time that “We the people” start being the governing body again. We can start in the mid-term elections by stop voting the party line whether Democrat, Republican or independent. Vote for those who have a record of upholding the Constitution — all of it and not changing laws they don’t like or the laws that don’t fit their vision of America. It is not their vision that counts, it is ours. No, it will not be easy and it will not happen overnight, but it can and must happen.

One of the most essential things that must happen is all the citizens of this county must unite on this common ground: We all want our children to grow up free with the ability to pursue a life that is productive and happy, one of their choice. Therefore we must get off the band wagon of the racist 5 — Mr. Jackson, Mr. Sharpton, Eric Holder, President Obama and the liberal and biased news media. Race relations is not the only problem, but it is one of the biggest holding us back. We can stop the path this country is on, and return it to being a country “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.”

It starts with courage, the courage to be honest about what is going on around you. The courage to respect the rights of others, not dismantle or remove them, because it is the easiest way to solve the problem. The courage to talk openly with understanding about our differences and the things that exist and perpetuate prejudice, understanding there always will be those who hate.

Do we have the courage to stand together and demand the laws of this land be upheld against anyone who breaks them, including — and maybe most of all — our elected officials. If this is to be a land of justice, freedom and liberty we must find the courage. I challenge all of you reading this to be Americans first, beyond ethnicities or political affiliations.

Lytle Murray