Letter to the editor: Looking for America

To the editor:

Paul Simon put it best: “… [W]e’ve all come to look for America” (from “America” by Paul Simon).

Where do we find America?

I believe America resides in the human heart — in you, in me and, yes, even in those who are yet to be made a part of it but come to the threshold of liberty wanting, longing for simple grace, the chance to enter in, to make way in life, to find safety for themselves and their children.

And yet, here we are, the grand experiment teetering, frightened as if in a dream, a chaotic nightmare where fear struggles with our deepest values and our sleep grows restless.

What is it that wrestles in our souls?

The wails of parents, the tears of children?

Their plaintive call persists —

Awake America!

Rise up.

We are called to stand up for these our precious future, to stand up for the marginalized, to stand up to those who would criminalize family and those who prey on the least able to stand up for themselves.

Will we embrace and empower or abandon and turn back those who would make new homes, reach new heights, start new lives as they drink deeply from the waters of liberty?

Rise sleepers.

Awake.

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