"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,
nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
This is my country. This is your country. It's when things get hard that we hunker down as a people and fight our best fight. Throughout this nation's history, millions of people from ALL walks of life have fought (in more than just wars) for freedom, equality and justice. If the people had given up imagine where we'd be...
If the colonists had not fought for freedom.
If slaves had not risen up.
If there had been no abolitionist movement.
If there had been no suffrage.
If there had been no civil rights movement.
If there had been no Native American uprising.
If there had been no labor movement.
If there had been no women's rights movement
If there had been no anti-war movement.
If there had been no gay rights movement.
If there had been no environmental movement.
and so on and so on and so on...
America is still a work in progress and sometimes we're going to have setbacks. The important thing is that we always keep charging forward. What we need most of all now is the rational people on all sides to come together and find common ground. You can't do much about the irrationals but you can outnumber them and drown out their hate and irrationality.
A number of people express concern America is on its way to becoming a dictatorship, that the government will jail dissenters and place certain individuals in internment camps. I do not fear that because I have complete faith in the rational population of the American people. We will never let that happen. We must remember that America is a Constitutional Republic, where officials are elected to represent the people and as such must govern in accordance with Constitutional Law which limits the government's power over its citizens.
When in doubt, remember...the power in this nation still rests with we, the people. It is our responsibility to use it and use it wisely.