“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
– Nelson Mandela
“Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery”
– Horace Mann
The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, states: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
This post is in reference to Senate Constitutional Amendment No.5
I was asked to comment on SCA 5 and held off for many weeks due to my association with educational institutions. When the educational institutions themselves urged me to put my views out, I felt compelled to write this.
Note: These are my private views and don’t represent the views of any of the educational institutions that I represent.
Dear Beautiful California,
You do know how much I love you….don’t you?
I love thy gorgeous beaches.
I love thy never ending sunshine.
I love thy rolling hills.
I love thy high mountains.
I love thy snow covered peaks.
I love thy open culture.
I love thy never give up spirit.
I love thy diversity.
Are you not the state where people from many nations all live under the one powerful word Californian?
Do I not teach my boys to be free spirits…just like you?
Does not my throat choke up and tears well up every time I hear these words:
I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.
Don’t you know how much I adore you?
Don’t you know how much I respect you?
Don’t you know that I think “Heaven is on Earth and in California”?
Don’t you know how I feel every time I stand on thy lands and see the sun set on the Pacific Ocean?
Don’t you know how I feel about you dear California?
Are you not The State where dreams are made?
Are you not The State where dreams come true?
Are you not The State where trends are set?
Are you not meant to stand for higher values and bigger things? Are you not?
How dear California can I explain to my boys that my heart is broken today?
How dear California can I tell my boys that you don’t stand anymore for the values that you are a proponent of?
Don’t thy hold my heart strings?
It is alright. I understand.
We all make mistakes. We don’t intend to.
I have made tons of mistakes.
I continue to make tons of them.
That said, it is never too late to make amends.
Please. Do the right thing. Stand for what you stand for.
I’ll tell my boys that the Golden State has a Golden Heart too.
I’ll tell my boys to grow up and dream the big Californian dream.
I’ll tell my boys “You don’t have to go West. You are already there my boys.”
I know you’ll do the right thing.
I trust you.
Footnote: California Friends – I am not advocating either side. Yes is right. No is right too. Read both sides of the story. Think. Do what YOU think is right.