The Fourth of July weekend is an occaission to reflect on what it means to be an American. I think our history is best described as a long struggle to live up to our ideals – that everyone is created equal; that We the People actually means everyone.
Events of the past week both close to home (back in Texas) and nationally remind us that we always have work to do and that we are at the same time making progress.
I encourage everyone to contact the Fort Worth City Government, through Equality Texas’ action campaign – phone if you can – it’s the type of contact given the most weight by public officials – and register your concern over the Rainbow Lounge incident.
I also encourage everyone to contact their Federal Representatives and ask them to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Military.com Legislative Center has an action up that helps you send a letter to your senators and representatives.
The need for this action is all the more evident after a military hearing Tuesday recommended discharging Lt. Dan Choi for violating this policy. dailyKos ran a nice diary including video from Keith Olbermann about this.
Taking action is a patriotic way to kick off the 4th of July weekend. It’s how we live out Unitarian Universalism and Stand on the Side of Love.