As the first debate is upon us and the election of our next President is less than 50 days away just some thoughts regarding the State of our Country. It is sad to see the violence in the streets of our great nation. When Americans attack Americans we lose every time. Everyone has their opinion on what causes these types of escalations. Some may cite excessive police force, others might look at disrespect for law and order. There are some that may blame it on the economy or the justice system etc. What is undeniable, no matter what side of the fence you are on, no matter what color of your skin or economic standing, is the fact that many people in America are angry. Between politicians, journalists and the media our society consistently hears about other people’s faults, their mistakes and the blame is put elsewhere. I have not heard over the past 8 years and very little during this election cycle about the importance of Faith, Family and Honor. When we use the guidance of what our Creator has given to us, we find we have a lot more in common with one another than we have differences. When we emphasize the importance of family and individual responsibility we learn a sense of belonging and self-worth. When we learn to respect others and think of helping our neighbors and our community before ourselves along with remembering all those that have sacrificed to allow us to live in this great nation, we become a more unified country. Each of you have the ability to change the narrative before the election. Each of you have citizens that listen to the words you speak and will follow your leadership. If our nation will continue to be in existence and be able to defeat those that want to destroy us like ISIS and other terrorist organizations we must first become more unified and look at ourselves as Americans, not White Americans, not Black Americans, not Hispanic or Asian Americans, etc. It is not the color of our skin or what building we worship in that makes us Americans. It is what is in our heart and the respect for each other and our nation that makes us Americans. I urge all 3 of you to take these 50 days and make a difference. It is the Legacy of our Nation that is at stake, which is more important than any individual.