This post today is not related to issues about mental health. Rather it is a letter I have written because every time I watch the news I keep asking myself, “what happened”.
It is not about who to vote for, Republican, Democrat, or Independent. It is just myself putting my thoughts on paper.
I hope you will take a few minutes to read this, be assured I am not making a political statement.
I have been thinking about writing to you for quite some time.
I grew up with the skyline of a great American city, Detroit, Michigan. As an adult I traveled through your great country. I found people were friendly, always had a kind word. There was a point in my life while in the state of California that I was thinking about moving into America.
It is now forty years since I was in your country, I keep thinking where did America go that now it is barely recognizable. How did good Americans allow what is now happening from the Atlantic to the Pacific Shores.
Have you forgotten that great song penned by Woody Guthrie, “This land is your land, this land is mine land”. You have been through many terrible events since the inception of America. Civil War, Vietnam, 9/11, you were resilient working together to overcome all of those.
America you were not afraid of hard work, putting in place a rail system that stretch from East to West through the Rocky Mountains.
America let me ask you, when did it become us versus them, division of classes, and color of the skin.
Look out your windows, see what is happening in your streets, violence, shootings, places set on fire. All these incidences are tearing apart the very fabric of your nation.
So America let me remind you of part of a speech given by former President Barak Obama at the 2004 DNC convention:
Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.
A Canadian who is very concerned.