Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Why I Speak Out

June 6, 2017

Today is D-Day, the anniversary of the Allied invasion to free Europe from Nazi control. To my dismay, there seems to be little attention paid in social media to the commemoration of a day on which thousands of troops went ashore in France and too many lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy. The invasion was successful, but at terrible cost to the Allies.

It seems appropriate then, today, to tell you why I speak out on current political matters. My local son-in-law claims I’m outspoken, and I guess I have to own it. I am, because I feel passionately about what I speak out on: resistance, as it is current today. I am weary of people who say they’ve shut off the news and Facebook because of the dissension, or prudishly claim they never discuss politics because it’s fruitless. I agree it’s an uphill battle to change the mind of someone who claims I can survive Trump because they survived Obama. My instinct is to shout. “What was to survive? He did so much good. Not a saint, but a great man.”

And how can people still follow Trump blindly, when mounting evidence suggests he is seriously mentally disturbed, in addition to being a filthy womanizer, a racist, a narcissistic individual incapable of governing, a poor judge of character who surrounds himself with sycophants? The man’s approval ratings in this country are in the weeds, and don’t even begin to ask foreign countries how they feel about him. Today I read that Republicans are growing uneasy, and my response is to ask if they’ve had their heads in the sand. They have been complicit in promoting his dangerous agenda.

Do I believe Trump is trying to turn America over to Russia, with himself installed as the puppet dictator? Jury’s out on that one, might come in Thursday with Comey’s testimony. Do I believe Trump is in bed with Putin? You bet! Perhaps it’s a case of a schoolboy crush, but I think he’s bedazzled. Do I think Trump would sell America for another million dollars? Yes.

I truly believe that our country is headed toward a dictatorship that will destroy the poor, the infirm, the elderly, and the very young—witness GOP repeated efforts, at great expense, to repeal the ACA and replace it with a thinly disguised heartless and cruel policy that will kill millions of our fellow citizens—maybe me. After all, I fit easily into the senior citizen category. I also believe the current policies are destroying the environment and cancelling hard-won gains of recent years. The Trump administration is cutting environmental funding, disbanding the EPA, polluting our air and rivers, tearing up our land, even selling historic and protected sacred lands to commercial enterprise. Need I go on?

A friend, someone I genuinely like, urges us to give Trump a chance because he’s genuinely trying to help America. It makes me want to scream, but in reality, it causes me, out of conscience and concern for my grandchildren and yours, to speak out against what is happening. Less I rant forever, please memorize the following poem.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller


Anonymous said...

Go back a few years and you probably said the same thing about Ronald Reagan, George Bush, the elder Bush....please...the sky is not falling, and the racist thing, I'm a minority and I LOVE him....

Victor Wadsworth said...

Come on Judy, tell us how you really feel, lol. Just the other day I used this last election to suggest to me that at least I'm smarter than more than have the population of America. Now I'm stuck figuring out where I stand with the remaining percent. My own feelings about Trump is he is a saboteur, where many take pride in building, he enjoys destroying. My fears about Trump is summed up in that line from a Cat Steven's song, "Where do the children play?". It will take mighty strong and pure of heart leadership now to restore the hope that slips through our fingers like sand on a beach like Normandy.

Judy Alter said...

I have faith that the strong leadership will emerge and we will restore America. But it will take time.

Judy Alter said...

Dear Anonymous, I have no words if you love him. I never spoke out about Reagan or Bush Sr. Bush Jr. was a different case. I disagreed with his policies, still think he's basically a nice guy who was easily misled. Trump is misled by his own flaws and downright scary. The sky is not falling but it will take strong leadership to hold it up. As for the racist thing, I fear you are fooling yourself.

Becky Michael said...

I agree with your main points, here, Judy, along with your later comment that it will take time for strong, responsible leadership to right all of these wrongs! As far as giving our current "leader" a chance, he's already had numerous chances and repeatedly falls flat on his face. The lies, negativity and heartlessness coming out of the White House may have devastating effects that we have not yet even considered. We need to be proactive citizens and also positive role models in our personal lives.

Judy Alter said...

I totally agree, Becky. I lose patience with people who think their opinion or their vote doesn't count. They can make it count if they will.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, because I'm a minority I can't possible have come to an intelligent decision...Who's racist now...

Judy Alter said...

Well, I'm a Democrat, so according to Eric Trump today I'm not even human! Wonderful how their minds work.