I have been doing some pondering. That is I have been doing some thinking around some topics. Thinking does not mean an endorsement in favor of or against a topic. So, what have I been pondering?
I thought the U.S. Constitution stated in the Bill of Rights that the government cannot take away the right of peaceful assembly? Yet, some appointed in our federal government are using language about “protests” that seems to make “protests” equivalent to a peaceful assembly. Are these in fact equivalent events, a protest and a peaceful assembly? Adding looting and violence into the question might give us three choices, or are we still only looking at two choices? On a spectrum of public gatherings it would seem that peaceful assembly and looting, combined with violence, would be opposite ideas.
I wonder about the history of professional athletes being on the scene of any protest or peaceful assembly that speak against a problem in society. With social media we Americans can pontificate on social ills from the safety of our handheld devices and computers. It is interesting who we look toward for any words about the latest social happenings in our nation. I am not sure that 140 character social media blasts and redundantly reduplicated captioned pictures can help a national or local conversation about the state of our nation.
If a professional athlete did arrive on the scene of a protest or peaceful assembly, then would that break their contract with the professional sports team? Does the conflation of the National anthem protest and the professional athletes star power take away from the social ills? In other words, does the protest add to the conversation or detract from the conversation about our social ills? Is there a better way to protest our social ills?
My understanding of the U.S. Constitution is that the federal government cannot restrict the rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Yet, how our society restricts these rights cannot be legislated. Though, I wonder how many people have turned off the television, or even gone as far as selling their professional sport team memorabilia, after learning about the growing number of protests by professional athletes?
Yes, the United States of America has social ills. I hope the wisdom of God can help us correct our social ills. There is a better way for Americans to live. Respecting each other as human beings would be a good start. Speaking and hearing/listening to each other would be good additional steps. Being civil to each other in America can happen. May God help us! And may America bless God.
This is enough pondering for now. May we all thank God for our blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.