“We the people” not I Donald Trump nor I Mitch McConnell…we Bader get this right!

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens. https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/the-constitution/

I have spent many hours this past week falling in love with my newborn granddaughter while admiring the strength of my daughter to be the best mother she can be. I observed a new family trying to find a rhythm during a pandemic which has made each day and each decision shrouded with worry. My son-in-law is unflinchingly happy and eager to assume his responsibilities in caring for their newborn. 

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation. RBG

While reveling in the miracle of this new life I also have tremendous concern. I have studied this baby’s beautiful face daily as she is changing just as quickly. My mind wanders and wonders to thoughts of what she will aspire to be as she grows and is educated. Yet, I can’t ignore the gnawing pain in my heart about the current abhorrent state of this administration’s affairs. Our cherished and hard-fought democracy is in the balance. I felt endlessly optimistic about the possibilities when I was growing up and when raising my own children, but I struggle now. Will she be able to pursue her dreams? Will her rights be protected? Her reproductive rights? Will she be living in a democracy? I just don’t know…

A trail run this weekend on Whipple Hill led me to the summit; the highest point in Lexington, MA. I imagined the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The start of the American Revolution. The minutemen, British soldiers and “the shot heard round the world” filled my thoughts. Shared footsteps and ideologies seemed as clear as the brilliant cobalt blue sky overhead this early Saturday morning but, like the drought drained pond on my running route, our battle for democracy may very well be archived in 1775. 

We must act to save what is both fragile and precious…our democracy. Unified as Americans protecting what is right and just for all…each and every American!

These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, 

                                                    Vote…November 3, 2020

Author: Elizabeth Ricketson

A graduate of Providence College with a BA in English, Elizabeth Ricketson has always had a love of literature and the fine arts. Elizabeth’s essays focus on life experiences and life in Vermont.

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