Truth will set us free

I submit this letter in full support of Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna S. Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib. They are American citizens, women of integrity, who dearly love this country, and they need to be applauded for questioning the very corrupt and toxic status quo. They represent the best of America, the true beating heart of this country, and it’s a pleasure to stand proudly with them.

I have heard all my life the statement: “This country, right or wrong,” and in one respect I agree with it. I love America with all her faults, there’s no question about that, but I do think a better statement would be: “This country, right THE wrong.” True patriotism means having the courage to speak out against any group that uses hatred and bigotry to divide us, while at the same time fully expecting the attacks and mockery that will surely follow.

That is a true believer of the American ideal, and that is exactly what is unique about this country. Not its material wealth, nor its military might.

No. It is its potential to inspire us to stand up for what’s right, and to speak of universal love for one another, the kind of love that cancels out hatred and division.

We have lost our way and conditions worsen daily, yet the potential to make a new beginning remains constant.

All we need do is to stop believing lies and begin to allow the truth to set us free. I have done it! So can you.

Regina Carpenter