to remain silent.” Anita Hill
But I won’t. Some of you may not like this, but, it has become more and more difficult to be proud of America with our current President and his administration. The President should be a leader, not a dictator, a bully, a narcissist, a buffoon. I did not vote for him, and can not support him in any way when he makes fun of disabled people; when he mocks women about sexual assault; when he calls people that disagree with him or his policies derogatory names; when he praises political candidates for assault against journalists ; when he belittles young voters for asking valid questions to which he disagrees. He takes no responsibility for his actions, he is deceitful, and racists (or at least supports White Supremacy).
In my lifetime, it seemed that the country was headed in the right direction toward women’s rights; toward the rights of the LGBT community; toward immigration; toward race relations, but feel that since 2016 that we have returned to the 1950’s or earlier and that pains me. As a survivor of a sexual assault more than 50 years ago in a time when you didn’t discuss it, didn’t tell, that we now have not one, but two Supreme Court Justices and a President who have been accused of sexual assault and the good old boys think that “Boy’s will be boys” or “Locker room talk” are adequate excuses for that behavior makes me cringe and want to cry.
As a former science teacher and a “tree hugger” who has always tried to do what is right for the environment, the climate change denying is troubling. Living in a region of old coal mines and seeing the damage caused by mountain top removal, the poverty of those regions and knowing that coal mining is not the solution to our energy needs is troubling. Seeing that is still being mined transported through our county on it’s way to ports for export, not domestic use, why would he support mining as an energy source and open more lands to oil drilling and fracking when there are other cleaner options that could be used.
Before you cast judgement on me, I am not a hard line liberal, but neither am I an ultra conservative. I believe that race should not be an issue. I believe that we should do everything we can, even if it requires regulation to protect our environment and our parks. I believe that the government should not allow a private for profit industry to take our land away by eminent domain and shouldn’t despoil the planet for profit. I believe that government and church are and should remain separate. I believe that there is a place and time for private gun ownership, but not in the hands of our youth or our schools except by trained law enforcement officers.
And remember, if you aren’t Native American, or descendant of a slave, your family too were immigrants, real people with real needs and often with families escaping intolerable conditions or seeking a better life, not all are criminals, in fact few are.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.