Just like this illustration of the flag we have gaps that need to come together. Yet even in this illusion of separation we are tied together by a common link grounded in a common root. We stand together as individuals.
We fought for freedom and liberty, but now we have to express those qualities in understanding and compassion. We do not have the freedom to oppress others for who they are. We do not have the liberty to be hateful to anyone, any group or any idea. Americans have the right to be who they want to be as long as they know that right is the very connection we have to each other. The rights given to individuals are the same rights to all. To deny freedom of choice to anyone is to deny the freedom of choice to everyone. To deny love to anyone is to deny love for everyone. No one is liberated unless we all respect one another's liberty.
Enjoy the hot dog... the barbecue but remember in your afternoon conversations.... Great people discuss ideas........ Good people discuss events........ The lowest form of discussion is about "those others".
As you were,