Just sharing some potentially controversial thoughts....
Blog Posted:11/21/2010 3:50:00 PM
Deep-rooted common ground provides foundation for social reform.
Untreated mental illness has long been a leading cause of homelessness in America. The inaccessibility of adequate psychiatric care is incomprehensibly injurious to the unalienable rights with which Thomas Jefferson so poetically preambled the Declaration of Independence.
This fact lends an opprobrious irony to the presumptive moral and humanitarian superiority of a self-righteous, egocentric society. We preach inclusion and condemn ignorance while our mentally ill are stigmatized, stripped of humanity, and dumped on the doorstep of the nearest rescue mission.
It's due time we take a humble step back to reflect on and realize our moral obligation, as heirs of a great nation, to uphold, with honor and integrity, the ideals of our founding fathers, affording to all the equality and opportunity bequeathed upon us so very long ago.
Regardless of where our political compasses point or how our patriotic dispositions vary, the sentiments recorded in the preamble of America's treasured Declaration will ever serve as the unshakable foundation and common ground of a proudly diverse and dignified nation unified in preserving and protecting the unalienable rights recognized as due entitlement by the fore-bearers of our revolutionary history.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."