America: Will We Keep Our Freedoms?

Look around and what do you hear and see? Corrupt politicians, a half million people homeless, crime out of control, the police under attack, corrupt leaders and gangs running our cities, child sex trafficking, Sextortion on the internet, millions of people pouring over our border, and we don’t even know what has happened to 85,000 unaccompanied children.

Are Americans destroying themselves?

We can’t just look away and blame the government! Freedom is about “we the people,” not just politicians. To turn America back into a robust and free nation, we must consider what freedom means.

Freedom is a do-it-yourself project!

You are not free if you are controlled or manipulated by someone else. You are not free if you bully others. You are not free if you allow someone to manage your life. You are not free if you are angry and seek revenge. You are not free if you have hate in your heart. You are not free if you take alcohol or drugs to escape. You are not free if you lie, cheat, and steal. You are not free if you fail to help others. You are not free if you keep secrets and lie to protect yourself. You are not free if you physically, mentally, or sexually abuse a child. You are not free if you manipulate people through violence for your gain.

Many people are in bondage, and we need to speak up, listen and help them get their lives together. We, the people, made America great, and it will take involved citizens to restore and strengthen our freedoms. Let’s start conversations about faith, family, and freedom because we, the people, are under attack, but we can stop it.

  1. Faith: Every human is a spiritual being with the inner power to stay safe and healthy. Belief in a higher power will destroy the need for government control.
  2. Family:  Supportive families are the foundation of a free society. We can strengthen families by asking for God’s help and teaching children about the power of courage, character, and a self-protective conscience.
  3. Freedom: Where to start? – Concerned Americans can bring neighbors together to build trust, reduce social isolation and reduce mental health problems after COVID. When we help our neighbors and improve the conditions around us, we will begin to heal each other.

We need to grow resilient from the grassroots up to create change!

Many Americans are suffering in silence, especially children. We will not remain a great nation if we rely on politicians. They can’t even agree with each other. “We, the people,” can restore faith in God and ourselves. We must forgive and support our families. Connected neighbors can stop criminal activities and strengthen cities. In time, we will demand and vote for term limits and honest leadership from our politicians. It will depend on the American people if we will keep America strong and free.


Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie Mann co-authored, Alternative to Fear: Guidelines to Safer Neighborhoods,” which helped launch the national “Neighborhood Watch” Program. Within 2 1/2 years, involved residents in her community (17,500 residents) decreased crime 48%, WITHOUT a local police department. Mann worked as a community leader, neighborhood organizer, county coordinator, state consultant and authored, “Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Stopping Crime Where You Live” (Nolo Press 1993) In 2010, while working in Richmond CA, with “Mother’s Against Senseless Killings,” Mann saw people too scared to be involved or report crimes. She wrote, “The Adopt-A-Block Guidebook,” with an easy-to-follow guide for existing groups and “My first steps to a safe neighborhood” for citizens. These booklets give individuals and groups the tools to reach out and bring people together to help each other. Stephanie started a homeless men’s support group while working with “The Mary Ann Wright Foundation” in Oakland CA. She recognized the need to support children at an early age and wrote, “Street Safe Kids: 10 Step Guide for Teens and Adults” (which has been used in after-school programs) to help youth grow strong from within to develop self-esteem and stay centered. Book available on The Safe Kids Now National website states, “Every child needs a healthy family and neighborhood to stay safe.” In partnership with the CARR Foundation, a binder, “Safe Neighborhoods: Access to a Healthy Community,” was created for city leaders to make neighborhoods safer for families and neighborhoods. Stephanie’s books strengthen families and can decrease the social isolation that fuels bullies, domestic violence, abuse, drugs, gangs, and other destructive behaviors.”

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