July 4, 2018. I am not wearing anything red, white, or blue. No shorts, t-shirts, underwear, bathing suit, or socks that have a picture of the flag of the United States. I am not feeling proud to be a US citizen.

We have Americans trying to find happiness, wealth, and liberty in our country and they are being shut out. Yes, we are not the only Americans. There are three other Americas. North America, South America, and Central America. They are also Americans. That includes Canada, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and many others.

Children as young as four months old are being taken out of the hands of their parents at the borders of Texas and Arizona sent to far away states, Michigan, New York, and New Jersey. Parents are lied to by the authorities. Told their children are going to take a bath. Mothers are told to put their children in car seats as the cars speed away without telling them where the children were going. Put up for adoption and a chance they will never see their parents again. Fathers are deported back to their home countries. Accused of the crime for seeking asylum. Their children are nowhere to be found. This is exactly the terror that these people are fleeing. How can this happen in the U.S.?

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.

Charles de Gaulle

“This is the best country to live in. You have the freedom of speech, religion, and to be educated.” said my parents, teachers, and others who were in authority. I believed them until I was 18. I went to live in Mexico for five years. Why was the US the best country to live in? Of course, Mexico does have its problems. Most of them are with corruption. I know many Mexicans who were happy, had nice houses, good jobs, and a chance for education. There are not enough jobs for the people living in Mexico who don’t have an education. They come across the border to work for very low paying jobs. Many people go across the border two or three times a day. US citizens retire in Mexico, visit the beaches, and have vacation homes. They drive back and forth across the border.

Many of the border crossers are from poorer and more corrupt countries. Honduras: Political strife, violence, criminals extort money called a “war tax” for their survival. If the person can’t pay, a member of their family is killed. Guatemala: lack of economic stability, political instability, and natural disasters. El Salvador: Criminal gangs, poor economic conditions, and natural disasters. Most of the first immigrants to come to the US suffered from the same problems. Fear of death for their beliefs, economic poverty, and a chance for a better life.

In the US we have always prided ourselves on having the following three freedoms: Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Freedom to an education. There has been a change. The newspapers and reporters have been labeled fake. They are shut out of summits and meetings with the president. They are told to “shut up” when they ask too many questions. Most of the questions asked, don’t get an answer. The president of our country has asked that news reporters be jailed. Freedom of speech? You are still free to practice your religion as long as it is a Christian religion. Other religions are scrutinized and criticized by the president. Their leaders and some of their followers are killed by others who don’t agree with them. Freedom of religion? An education depends on where you live and how much money you have. The public education system is not supported by the government. Instead of promoting an education for all, it has become an education for the privileged. Those who send their children to private schools or charter schools. We do not have an education for all.

European countries have everything and more than what we have. A health system available to all. Yes, the taxes are much higher. One for all. All for one. Quality education is free to all until 9th grade. Young people choose to study as an apprentice or go to college and the various other higher education schools. In Switzerland, starting salaries for the service industry are $40,000–50,000 dollars.

Our freedom is slowly being taken away from us. The president acting as the only one making decisions. Telling black football players to get out the country because they don’t stand for the flag. Intimidating our long-term European and Canadian allies. Our senators telling the Prime Minister of Canada “You will burn in hell’” . .Cuddling up next to North Korea, China, and Russia. Kim has been given the honor of being “smart” because he took over North Korea when he was 12. He was given the job by his father. He murdered his half-brother. He throws people who oppose him in jail orders them killed. This is smart? He sent an American student who was tortured home in a coma. This is admirable? His people have a great “fervor and respect” for him. They don’t have a choice. He asks the people of the USA to do the same for him.

The US president makes decisions with the stroke of his pen. Not, knowing what he has signed. He doesn’t want to take the time to read it. Without asking the people around him for their input. What happened to democracy?

We have a Congress and a Senate elected by the people to serve the people. They don’t. They serve themselves. They hide like children behind the skirts of their mothers as if being scolded. They don’t want to fall out of favor. Afraid of their jobs.

We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.

Barack Obama

We are slowly being changed from a democracy to a dictatorship. OK, maybe this is too much of an exaggeration. We are changing and it doesn’t look good. We need to make some drastic action. Democracy will not be here for the future if we don’t put the brakes on now.

Where is the US headed? What are we going to do about it? Someone do something now!

July 4, 2018. I am not a proud patriot of the US. I am embarrassed to be a US citizen. The president of the US does not represent me!

Life happens when you take chances.