Since the inception of the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, our country has pursued, struggled and fought for Freedom.
The American Revolutionary war was fought for Freedom.
The War of 1812 was fought for Freedom.
The American Civil War was fought for Freedom.
World War I was fought for Freedom.
Word War II was fought for Freedom.
Wars are not our only struggles for Freedom. Our country also struggles through protests, actions and petitions, passing amendments to our Constitution and laws to govern and guide us. It is our right to discuss through freedom of speech our varying viewpoints. To debate them privately in forums, courts and now through social media.
These struggles are widely considered to be Civil Rights issues. Civil Rights by definition are exclusively for the people, removed from military and the church. It is our government ‘by the people’ that allows us to govern our behaviors towards one another.
Civil Rights are void of special interest, but requires attention be made to equalize those who have special needs or a minority voice. Civil Rights sometimes requires legislation, federally to balance an equality throughout the nation.
Our populace has enslaved, beaten, hanged, imprisoned, set afire and committed various atrocities against other human beings because we believed them to be inferior or different in a way we could not accept.
Our struggle to find a balance that defines our understanding of Freedom will continue. Our forum for the conversation is much larger. The audience observing our Republics experiment with Democracy is global.