Monday, January 23, 2017

My America

I told myself I wasn't going to write any more political posts. I want to be positive. Happy. Productive.
But. My mind is still swimming with thoughts.
And. I need to get them out. (Therapy you know).

Last Friday, our 45th president was sworn in as leader of this beautiful country. I admit, I didn't watch his speech live. I watched the news leading up to it as I was getting everyone up and ready. But, as the clock ticked and his speech time was approaching, I decided to go for a the cold, rainy, windy weather.  (Thankfully, my hiking partner was crazy enough to join me).

As I neared the end of my hike, my phone pinged. My brother. He had listened to the speech and wasn't happy. Damn it! I had hope. Hope for goodness.

By that afternoon, I had watched the inauguration and read his speech. (Several times). My heart was heavy. Instead of lifting us up and bringing us together he continued with his fear mongering and power hungry bullying. (And, threw God in their a few times...for good measure).

"Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country."
Interesting, since the former administration put nearly 6 million people to work...during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
And, he may be not be filling his cabinet with politicians, but he is filling it with billionaires. Billionaires, who I am quite sure, will prosper in their roles.

"You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which have never been seen before."
Tens of millions? This man lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. And, one of the largest protests in history took place the day after he was sworn in. (Women's March) Now that, is a historic movement.

After describing a deplorable America he says, "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now".
What the hell? Carnage? Really? The definition of carnage is "the killing of a large number of people". The president of the wealthiest, strongest country in the world is describing it as carnage. Unbelievable.

"We must protect our borders from the ravage of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs."
Way to reach out a friendly hand to our neighbors! And...making our products? Like the ones he had made overseas?

His promise of "making America great again" reminds me of Bob Rumsan in the American President. Remember the moment when President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) finally speaks up and talks about his opponent? He says:

"He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentleman, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle-aged, middle class, middle income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and character."

Donald Trum is Bob Rumson!

With all that said...
It's no secret I am not a fan of our 45th president, but I respect the position and I'm trying to maintain respect for those who put him in this position. I can understand if you believe in his issues and where he stands on things. (I don't agree, but will respect our differences). However, there is no way anyone can believe in their hearts and soul that he is a good, kind, respectful human being.

I will continue to fight for what I believe, louder than ever.  I will raise my children with loving hearts and open minds. I will believe in this beautifully diverse country.  My America is already great. Sure, it needs some work, (if it were perfect, we would have bigger problems) but there is kindness here.  For the moment, people are allowed to marry who they choose. Millions of people have health care. Steps are in place to protect our environment. Everyone is welcome (or should be). And, women have the right to choose what happens to their bodies. It is my hope that these important issues continue to grow stronger. These are the reasons my America is already great.

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