Being able to hold an opinion about something and speak our minds about it is something I appreciate; it makes me feel good to live in The United States of America. I can be for something or against it, and say what’s on my mind without fear of punishment. I can even be for and against something at the same time.
I can be for a woman’s right to abortion. But be against it under some circumstances. I can be for our troops and commend them for their bravery and service to our country. But be against war. I can be for the men in blue and commend them for their bravery and commitment to our safety. But be against the unfortunate actions some of them take against us. I can be for a person’s right to a fair trial. But be against killers who harm our children, us, our soldiers, and our police officers. I can be for people when it comes to the good they have to offer. But be against their anger, their racism, and their negative and harmful behaviors. I can be for someone’s right to free speech and not condemn them for their beliefs. But be against their brand of politics, beliefs, and certain opinions they hold.
However, like me, they too live in The United States of America and have a right to say whatever they believe is true for them. I just wish more people would understand that it is possible to be for and against something at the same time, at least in the context I presented here. That would make me feel even better about living in a country that sadly doesn’t seem to be united on much of anything these days.