Other conservatives are lamenting the ruling as the "Death or Democracy" or the "End of America". Pardon me. Where were you when Citizens United came down?
That's neither here nor there. Citizens United didn't end America any more than today's controversial ruling did. Today's ruling guarantees the the United States will take the health and welfare of its citizens and make it a priority. That's what it does. Granted, that's a political answer. So, let's just take a few steps back.
Even if you believe that "Obamacare" is the end of the world, you must concede that the United States has been through worse than this. We've survived a revolution. We got through an invasion. We survived a civil war and so much more. Today, I was blessed to hop on a hotel shuttle and cross into Downtown Louisville to the Muhammad Ali Center.
The Ali Center is a sprawling complex full of five levels of art, memorabilia and history. It has great exhibits and a myriad of interactive things for young and old alike. I recommend a trip.
I arrived there this morning about 9:45 a.m., so I didn't see the Supreme Court ruling go down. I didn't really want to. I had a feeling it was going the other way, and I chose to spend a vacation day in a good mood.
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That Keeps America Great
Part of the Civil Rights Exhibit is this very small diner setting. There are a few stools set next to a countertop. When you walk in, it's very silent then you hear bells...like the door chimes of today.
This young man of apparent mixed ethnicity walked into the exhibit before I did. He was probably 12 or 13 years old. This booming voice came over the speakers, "Hey! What are you doing in here??!!?! You know I can't serve you!" I jumped, and I saw him jump too. I had never experienced what that might feel like until today.
We live in a country that didn't solve that issue, but we made it a lot better. That reality for our parents and grandparents is now a museum exhibit for us.
We're working on it. We are a country in progress. We are a living experiment, and yes, we are divided. But, our motto "E Pluribus Unum" means to me that it's ok to have differences. It's something many, like Mike Pence, in Washington should remember.
I received the news from my friend Steve Terrell that the Affordable Care Act had been upheld as I was standing next to the torch that Muhammad Ali used to light the 1996 Olympic Torch in Atlanta. It was a highlight of his life, and now, I'll always remember that moment.
Once the torch of liberty was lit always remember that it's the people that provide the liberty. If you don't like something, go out and change it. That's why this spirit of America will never die. Muhammad Ali realized that, and he "shook the world."