American Ideals and Values
Contemporary American ideals and values are decided by politics. What happens in Washington and in state legislatures can support, undermine, or destroy our fundamental beliefs about what is good and worth protecting.
The transition from Obama to Trump stirred up unprecedented anger and even violence after a surprise Democratic election loss. Why? Because everything the nation was told to value suddenly swung to the right.
The American ideals and values category includes posts on our nation’s place in the world, religious freedom, equality and rights, the war between political ideologies, and what it means to be American.
Do we elect our president and representatives in Congress so they can dictate what we believe, or is their job to do as little as possible, keep things running, and let the people decide what ideals and values we should cherish?
When I think about what forgiveness means to America I can’t help but remember the long list of Obama pardons and commutations, including the 231 inmates who got lucky1 near the end of his presidency. The Justice Department put the numbers out for all to see.
A nationwide epidemic of sexual harassment is a scandal too good to be true. From all appearances the problem is rampant at the highest levels of our society and that means the hype is what counts even though it mocks this vulgar abuse of power.