What Can I Say?

by John (Robinhawk) Hawkins john@thecherokeean.com

Seriously ... what can I say? I’m in my 70’s and as most “senior citizens” I’m sometimes slow to accept changes. Given the age we are living in, those changes are happening at a rate that is hard to keep up with; as they often occur in a matter of a few years, months or sometimes days.

Things that we accepted as the normal 20, 30, 40 or 50 years ago may no longer be politically correct, and are often deemed as such in a matter of days and without us even knowing it.

The most difficult thought is that we no longer have free speech. Here is what the 2nd Amendment says in the Bill-of-rights:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.

We used to be able to debate, discuss or argue different points of view, but that is no longer the case. If your beliefs and morals don’t fit the narrative of a particular group, you might be labeled homophobic or a racist or any number of negative terms.

Family heritage and even some history is being condemned and actively erased.

I’m not trying to promote or defend any point of view that might offend any person or group.

My point is this: instead of labeling or condemning, give us time to adjust to this ever-changing world. Be patient and teach us but if we still disagree, allow us our freedom of speech as guaranteed in the Constitution. Respect my position and I’ll respect yours, then we can agree to disagree.