Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

November 9, 2012

JACKIE DAVIS: God bless the UNITED States of America

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The bands have played, the blizzard of confetti has blown, the streams of political commercials, robo-calls and pop-up ads have ceased, and another election year has finally come to an end.

The majority of this nation has spoken with its collective voice. Once again, the United States of America has voted for Barack Hussein Obama II to serve as its president for another four years. He now joins the presidents who have been elected to serve for two consecutive terms in office.

Now, after months and months of viciously battling one another, the political leaders, campaigners and citizens of opposing parties of this nation must find a way to accept the results, to co-exist, and work together in order to accomplish the things that will move our country forward.

Somehow, after the political smoke has cleared from the most hard-fought battle-ground states, we must find our way back to the things that unite us.

America is comprised of people from amazingly different backgrounds, and all walks of life. Part of finding our way to unity is learning to accept, appreciate and respect our immeasurable diversity.

It’s learning to co-operate, communicate and collaborate in working for the common good of all Americans, regardless of our differences.

Like so many Americans I am a product of ancestors from different nations who called America their home: Africa, Ireland, Scotland, and the Cherokee Native Americans. In this nation, no one group of people has the authority, the ability, or the right to define us all. We are the UNITED States of America, and we are honored and blessed to call this country our home.

In his victory speech on election night, President Obama spoke words that resonated with me, that I believe are worth repeating:

“The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote. America has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government ...

“What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth — the belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another, and to future generations; that the freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great ... you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try ...

“I believe we can seize this future together — because we are not as divided as our politics suggest; we’re not as cynical as the pundits believe; we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions; and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America. And together, with your help, and God’s grace, we will continue our journey forward, and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.”

I am proud to be a citizen of the greatest nation on earth. Through the years, God has blessed the USA abundantly. Despite our recent struggles, I believe we can overcome the obstacles that divide us, and remind ourselves once again, that we are “ONE nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

Jackie Davis is an inspirational vocalist, musician and speaker with more than 20 years of television broadcast experience. You can contact her at jjd.22344@yahoo.com