September 11, 2015
Fourteen years later.
Today, I am asking all of us to make a change in this country; to be the change you want to see all around you – in your homes, your towns, your cities, your nation.
Fourteen years ago, 3,000 lives were lost. It is up to us, each of us individually; to make sure those lives were not lost in vain. How? How can we do this? The answer is a challenge.
I challenge you, the people of today; to rebuke the labels society has put on you.
I challenge our youth to do the same, because they are the future. Let discrimination and hate have no place to call home.
I challenge everyone, everywhere, to put aside colors, flavors, sizes, and shapes, and come together in unification to spread peace and put a stop to the atrocities in this world.
Let’s stop the hateful division between law enforcement and the people. Understanding and respect needs to come from both sides. Today is the day to make that change. One person at a time, we can do great things.
I challenge the politicians to put down the hateful rhetoric and polarizations that have come to signify what should be a dignified process; namely, the elections.
When we think of those who have died so we can vote, it surely is a somber reminder of our right and privilege. The elections should not be a three-ring circus that brings shame to us; rather, it should be a time of rejuvenation and starting fresh. The eyes of the world are upon us. What has happened to our electoral process? We the people need to take hold of our elected officials and remind them that their job is to us. Somehow, too many people have lost sight of that.
I believe the future rests in the next generation setting aside old prejudices and moving beyond the past; while keeping in mind the lessons the past has taught them. The past gives wisdom; it should not cripple us in moving forward.
No one should die for nothing. We all have a place in this world. Face it; we are different from each other. That’s OK. The issue is, we need to respect each other’s differences. Work around things. It can be done. I challenge you, and each and every one of you, today, to work positively to make a change. I believe that together we can do it.
Love, Maggie the Pitbull