You say, a bit too proudly, that after President Obama was elected you went about your day, didn’t scream from the rafters, and accepted his presidency. That is true.
At the same time, other people were screaming that he wasn’t born in the USA and demanding to see his birth certificate–only the long form would do. The current occupant of The White House was one of those people. Those same people were making vile jokes about Michelle Obama, calling her a chimp, saying that she was a transgender, that those beautiful, bright daughters were adopted, and much much more.
Your silence was deafening.
President Obama was obstructed at every corner. The ACA could have been the insurance plan of our dreams but you remained silent as the Republican party tried to ruin his presidency. There was so much more.
Yet you accept a man who called his own daughter “hot.” A man who has been married three times and boasts about the affairs he had. Is this the role model you want for your children and grandchildren?
Bill Clinton was impeached for having a sort of affair with a consenting adult, who didn’t bring up the issue to the public, but to a woman she thought was her friend. You see nothing wrong with that. I see a lot wrong with that impeachment.
The man in The White House always believed in abortion. He wanted the Evangelical vote, and suddenly became anti-abortion. Doesn’t the hypocrisy in that make you ill?
There’s a religious and blue/red war brewing, and we who can’t accept him didn’t begin it. It began many years ago. Maybe you feel that prosperity, the American dream has passed you by–though many people I know who voted for him are much more comfortable than I am. Maybe you just don’t like Northern elites.
And what is The Donald? A man who boasts about being mega-rich but won’t release his tax returns. A man who has had more bankruptcies than marriages. Yet somehow the bankruptcies show what a great businessman he is. In the world I come from bankruptcy was never something to brag about. But his are.
He claimed during the campaign that it was right not to pay people if he didn’t like their finished work. Really? Would you accept that? Doesn’t that go to character?
Now he is president. No way can or will I accept him. I can’t even bring myself to call himself President T__P and I am a very polite person.
I won’t go into everything he has done in the past two weeks to show me that I was oh so correct in not voting for him, and begging people I knew would vote for a third party candidate to vote for Hillary. Yes, I was a Bernie person but he lost. And Hillary is great.
But how can I not mention the refugees? Even if you agree with him, can you agree with the way it was done? No notice, some children separated from their parents. There was no humanity to this. America is supposed to be a humane country. No more. And the seven countries weren’t even involved with 9/11. So much has been done in the name of 9/11, in the name of terrorism that is just wrong. In America we do things with humanity. Or so I thought.
Dylann Roof--a fine boy I guess who just happened to kill nine really good people. No, I don’t really believe that you think Dylann Roof was a good person but he was sick.
He should have never had access to a gun. The White House and Congress just made it much easier for mentally ill people to buy guns.
He should have had access to a great mental health system. We have so failed in that.
You say that we marched instead of volunteering, instead of making community gardens, instead of so many things.
Don’t you understand that people can do all of that? Don’t you understand that many of the women on the women’s march are community activists: Educators, doctors, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, lawyers, and that is just what falls off my tongue.
I went to my first peace rally when I was fifteen and marched almost to the end of the Viet Nam war. I didn’t know Allison Strause or Jeffrey Miller, the two of four people at Kent State who died and were actually protesting, but Allison’s sister, Laurel, is a Facebook friend, and Jeffrey grew up two towns from mine. I know many people who grew up with him.
Yes, they were protesting. When did peaceful protest become a dirty phrase? Where I come from it was, and is, considered to be a great thing, a patriotic duty.
Kent State turned the tides on the Viet Nam war. There was a great parent/child divide then. Parents thought “that could have been my child.” Then for the first time, many parents thought seriously about the war in Viet Nam.
Don’t ever tell me that most protesters threw rocks and/or eggs at military personnel or vets. Some did yes, but I know many people who marched and protested and none of us did.
My grandmother, Bubbe Celia, marched for the right for women to vote. She marched for The Scottsboro Boys, nine young Black males who were unjustly accused–and found guilty of rape. Everything about this was sickening and unjust. The publicity, including marches, might just have truly begun the civil rights movement.
Everytime, I did something political, every march or protest I went on, I went on in Bubbe Celia’s memory. My mother would say: “Bubbe is turning over in her grave with happiness,” and we would both shudder at the image.
Would there have been equal rights for Blacks without Martin Luther King Jr., and the 1963 March on Washington?
I am a Jewish New Yorker. My parents would try to explain that they didn’t know what was going on in Europe in the 1930’s so they didn’t march.
I march and protest in 2017 America in my parents memory, in memory of everyone in their generation who just didn’t know, and more importantly in memory of every person the USA didn’t let in because they “might be a Nazi.” Right, a Jewish Nazi nine-year-old. And/or “we don’t have the room.” We are a large country with much room.
The refugee children now are as innocent as those children were. We have the room. If we don’t we can make the room.
Don’t ever tell me that marches and protests serve no purpose. They help bring about change. Marches and protests have a great place in American history. We can start with the Boston Tea Party–the original.
Peaceful protesting, which includes marches, is one of the many things that make America an incredible country.
That man in The White House lost me during the campaign when he said: “Make America great again.” For I thought America was pretty damn great. I knew he would do everything in his power to make America as crazed as his businesses. I hate to have been proven right.
Go ahead. Tell me how wrong I am. We do live in a time where alternative facts are considered truth. Maybe that is the saddest thing in this entire mess.
Oh, I personally have never said I would move to Canada nor have most people I know. It’s tempting though….