Can we please come together for the common good?
Can we please not be Democrat or Republican for just a while?
Can we please return to the values we once learned when we were small and untainted?
Can we please be kind to one another? Listen to one another without blaming each other and calling each other names that hurt our feelings and degrade our self worth?
Can we plese learn again to listen without prejuduce, without scorn, without judgement?
Can we please communicate in a manner that shows respect for all beliefs, opinions and a right to think and espress our deepest feelings without reproach?
Can we please be liberal with love, respect, generosity, understanding, empathy, trust, openess, innocence and fairness?
Can we please be conservative with ill feelings, snap judgment, hurtful remarks, visciousness, exageration and hate for those who are different?
Can we please put all labels aside, stop defining the beliefs of others as ignorant, false or otherwise without solid foudation or factual by our own definition?
Can we please put aside our own egos, belief systems and dictates until we can all learn again how to put our combined energies to work for the common good for all?
Can we once again grasp the meaning of being an American? Born in a country that honors freedom, individual rights, respect for our neighbors, communities and the generosity that allows for all people in our country to come together in times of crisis and times of joy?
Can we please recognize the division that weakens us as a nation and threatens us as a whole?
Can we please, please, just be one people, under God, strong, focused, determined and undaunted by the challenges we face at home and in the world?
I respectfully ask you: Can we please be Americans first and define what it is to be amoung the luckiest, safest, most privlidged, blessed and genuinely good people on this planet?
Please help us all to define this important role, undivided, standing together, in good times and in bad, honoring our flag, our forefathers, our families and our lives.