That is the title of our official state song and I would submit good advice for all Americans this week. Despite being a political scapegoat for everything the Right, including a certain former GOP Governor trying to win presidential primary votes, finds wrong with the country (except when they misappropriate tea party imagery and rhetoric), the legacy of our fair Commonwealth was solidified by my count in three ways this week.
The Confederate flag, to many a symbol of slavery and the wrong side of the Civil War, was removed, or proposed to be, from many public and private venues this week. Massachusetts was the first state to abolish slavery and the first state to send troops and to take fire in the Civil War. We also provided the famous 54th Colored Regiment whose exploits are depicted in the movie “Glory”. (Side note: President Obama’s eulogy of Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney is worth a watch; toward the end he sings Amazing Grace quite well.)
SCOTUS once again upheld “Obamacare” probably securing its legal legitimacy once and for all. As you know this law is based largely on one promulgated in Massachusetts and signed by the aforementioned GOP Governor who went on to make us the butt of his political jokes.
Today, SCOTUS ruled that marriage equality must be recognized throughout the United States following, albeit with a several year lag, their counterparts on the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth. According to one cartoon I saw today God will not strike the country with lightening just as He didn’t in MA because all He has in stock today are rainbows:)
Now if only we could get the country to follow our lead on stricter gun controls.