A Place for Me
Concord, New Hampshire, United States
Think of me as a regular, run-of-the-mill aging boomer. I was in school when we had to pass two tests on the Constitution in order to (first) graduate from 8th grade; and (second) graduate from High School. I got A's on both tests.
What I love about US history comes from what I read in my school books (including those in college, where I also got A's in US History). After school, I continued reading books about our history, including biographies and autobiographies of the men known as "our founders" (as well as visiting many of their homes).
I read a lot of political views, I re-read the Constitution every few years, I watch documentaries, and swap exchanges with some who have different understandings of what our government is/was intended to be and/or do, as well as those who emphatically promote "conspiracy theories", and those who simply object to having any form of government at all.
I AM NOT A US HISTORY SCHOLAR. I suspect I'm not alone. And frankly, I'm annoyed that I'm challenged on my understandings through the use of references that have nothing to do with the Constitution, or the Federalist Papers, or (from my point of view) any historical context.
I grew up in a version of America's wonderland (punctuated with Wonderbread!). I grew up loving my country. I still love it. I disagree with many political choices, and feel I have no where to go to record my dissent. I've often wondered where to sign up for the revolution, whatever that might be.
What would my revolution look like? It would be a growing group of people like me, with ideals I believe were established in the Constitution. More on that as space and time allow.
Robin Stamm, Concord, New Hampshire