Inspired by Jen, who is also a "real American"
Today I voted. There is early voting in Hawaii, and I went right down to the county building and cast my vote. Just like a real American.
There are a lot of things that are important to me, as an American, as a woman, as a mother, as a wife, as a voter, as a writer, as a consumer, as an employee, as a neighbor, as a citizen.
As a human being.
I believe that it is important for all of us to be able to speak our mind. To agree to disagree, and to move on. To find common ground. To reconsider. To change our mind, our direction, our vote, our sex.
I believe that every person is created equal - and that the opportunity can be squandered.
I believe that immigrants should be welcomed, and that they should immediately become a part of this great nation, contributing in every way, as real Americans. That is how my ancestors and my husband's ancestors became Americans. And chances are, it's how your ancestors became Americans too.
I believe that rules exist for a reason, and that this land can only be free if everyone follows the rules, and works to keep the rules current, reasonable, and fair.
I believe that America has drifted away from the real America, and that we need to get back to our roots. Reconnect with our family, our neighbors, our global community, and our planet.
I dream of the "real America". I don't think that the current state of affairs reflects the "real America", or "real Americans". We have a lot of work to do, and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get a little dirty.
Because I am a REAL AMERICAN.
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