I told a friend that I worry more about the states gaining more individual power and becoming fractured and very ideologically separate from the nation. I am a huge proponent of individual rights, even the right to bear arms – there I will just say it and get it out of the way. Yes I am liberal, Yes I am progressive – Yes I wanted Sanders , yes I believe that gun violence is abhorrent. All violence is abhorrent, wars for example.
How will this possibly play out – the fractured America that we have now – have had always. Maybe that is the starting point – none of this is new –none of this is really directly related to Trump. It has always been here, simmering, whispering, hating and shaming and taking a front seat when it can. When the attitudes and the laws and the people in power “allow” it – I do not allow it. Work on this!
This is a continuum piece -I wrote the two paragraphs above after the 2016 election. My small way of trying to “get past and move on”. I often leave myself notes (find a better word) or ( check the date) or (list of possible words that rhyme ) OR ( work on this). NOW, we are at the end of January 2017 and when I reread the paragraphs – I found comfort in the little aside to myself – WORK ON THIS. I also question my original title – hell yes, SOME of this is NEW! So, we have the people in power – allowing hate, working to go backward in terms of individual rights, encouraging and fostering a fractured nation. I HATE being right. SO, again, the only thing I can GO FROM – is WORK ON THIS. What can I (you) do to NOT ALLOW the changes that will take us backward?
Common practice when dealing with HUGE problems is to break them down into manageable parts. NOW, this is OUR mission, what are the manageable parts that each citizen can “work on” to affect the whole? The beauty is that it will be different for each – remember, I support individual rights, and I would no more tell someone what their part is than I will accept that there is nothing that can be done. SO, for my part I will monitor the issues and changes that I find most abhorrent, I will make the phone call, attend the march or meeting, share information and facts and STAY involved in MY country’s future. Granted, I will give myself respite from the daily carnage occasionally, because that too is common practice for healthy survival. Work on this!
OH MY – May 2019 – Continuum of post update!
WOW-started this in 2016 – added to in 2017 and lost a whole year in 2018 to arrive here in May of 2019 -still STUNNED. Thankfully, not frozen; have joined the local democratic party, registered to volunteer and even canvas to get out the vote and encourage vote by mail. Replied to Elizabeth Warren’s request for priorities, registered my outrage over abortion bans, tuning back into daily doses of news. It is not enough – so – WORK ON THIS is even more relevant!