November 23, 2020

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You know I do not use FB for partisan statements, and this I promise you is not one. I try and use my art and words as beacons of hope. I absolutely understand the reality of the extremely negative effects of long standing racism, religious prejudice, the accumulation of most of the wealth and power in the hands of so few, corrupt abuses of power and the shameless spreading of propaganda. We have had hideous failures among our greatest triumphs. When I sat down to re-read the 44 words of the First Amendment I was amazed how well they were strung together. It reads "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This blueprint, debated and written over 5 months in 1787, actually artfully describes the process of how an individual should be able to go about seeking their own personal freedom: we are allowed our own thoughts and beliefs, we can freely express and practice them, we can speak of them out loud, we can establish media that inform others of these ideas, we can peaceably assemble to discuss and advocate for these ideas and, finally, we can challenge our government with our grievances. Every single injustice that has occurred to anyone since 1787 has happened because we refused, ignored or were otherwise corrupted or distracted in some way from applying these brilliantly written words, to follow our very own blueprint. Thats where I find the beacon of hope-all the words we could possibly need to guide us are still right there in front of us. How we get there is the never-ending work of becoming "more perfect".