By Tammy Derouin
The American flag is a symbol of freedom and at one time, a symbol of unwavering strength. I truly hope we are just dealing with a temporary ailment. We ignored some very important signs because we didn’t want to face reality. Much like knowing something is internally wrong but putting off going to the doctor because you don’t want confirmation. For a time, it’s easier to live in a world of make believe. By not facing reality, you somehow convince yourself that everything is just fine.
There comes a turning point. You can no longer ignore the cold, hard evidence. You eventually come to the conclusion that life is worth the upcoming battle. It’s better to know the truth so you know how to fight the disease which has infected your body. You hope it’s not too late as you begin to ask, why did I wait so long?
Our once healthy, vibrant nation has been infected with a life-threatening disease. Some noticed signs right away but wanted to give the benefit of the doubt. After all, the fundamental transformation of America, in true transparency, is really difficult to comprehend. Some are still coming to the realization that something is wrong, while others are still stuck in denial.
Probably the most difficult aspect is realizing it was a self-inflicted disease. We all bear a certain amount of responsibility. We didn’t pay attention and assumed those we elected had our best interests in mind. We voted without asking questions and allowed the press to be the enabler. They should have exposed questionable signs but instead they twisted it into a pretty picture or buried it altogether. We went against our better judgment when something didn’t make sense. Sometimes the wait-and-see strategy only makes things worse...