Friday, November 13, 2009

There is hope for the future - Part 2

In one of last places you might expect to find this, Arkansas, a 5th-grader has taken a stand. By refusing to stand.

Will Phillips, after discussing the meaning of the pledge of allegiance with his parents, decided that as long as there are no equal rights for LGBTs to marry or adopt, he would not be standing for the pledge.  As you might gather from this description, Will is not your average 5th-grader. For one thing, he skipped the fourth grade.

“I've always tried to analyze things because I want to be lawyer,” Will said. “I really don't feel that there's currently liberty and justice for all.”

Will is 10-years-old. When a 10-year-old, precocious or not, can look at the current situation in our country and recognize the reality of inequality, there is hope for the future. Perhaps we should remember this young man's name. And some day, about 30 years from now, when his lawyerly ambition turns to politics, we'll remember the stand he took for equal rights and honoring the pledge that we've all taken all our lives. And we'll vote.

Will Phillips for President in 2032.


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