Thank you, Mr. President!

On this Thanksgiving Weekend, I want to give thanks for our President, Donald J. Trump.

For he has really brought out the best in us.

He has made us realize how much we need to be there (and here) for each other, help each other get over turbulent times, act to improve the lives of those that do not have a voice – and those whose voices are being taken away… So, I give thanks for all of those around us, near and far, who opt to act, to not stay silent, to shout out with anger with a purpose.

His attitude towards immigrants and refugees have sparked our deepest sympathy and empathy for their plight and struggles… So, I give thanks for the immigrants and refugees, for what they teach us, for what they bring into our nation.

His lashing out against Muslims has inspired us to become seekers of the universal love all faiths have in common… So, I give thanks to our Muslim community, for their amazing tenacity and fortitude in light of constant bashing.

His racist overtones and blatant disrespect of African Americans have rekindled our fight for full and equal justice… So, I give thanks to our African American community for their commitment to stay in – and intensify – the struggle.

His administrative changes to try to put the LGBTQ community back in the closet has reawakened our embedded sense of fairness…. So, I give thanks to our LGBTQ community for pushing back – and pushing back hard – to not lose the gains we’ve made to respect dignity and love.

His disruptive behavior has made us reconsider the role of the Presidency and shown us that we can not count on history or tradition to be the sole determinant for our future… So, I give thanks for history, but I do not worship it.

His demeaning of women has sparked a tidal wave of awakening and the expression of past hurt by women who have been done wrong… So, I give thanks for all the women that have bravely come forth to bust through the matrix of men’s false pretensions and illusion of domination.

His flippant way of dealing with international situations has reaffirmed how interconnected we are with the whole world.. So, I give thanks for all the wonderful peoples from around the world and their contribution to humanity.

His disregard for the truth about climate change has helped us refocus on the wonders of nature and the awesomeness of Mother Earth… So, I give thanks for every specie, beautifully interwoven to from this, our only communal home

His alarming toying with apocalyptic war has helped us reaffirm our love for the simple things in life, including rediscovering contemplation, the joy of healthy relationships and thriving communities… So, I give thanks for my family, my neighborhood, and my community.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

#RESIST

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Real example of Trump’s bad policy directions – and the need to keep on keeping on

It is not just about the character, the manners, the Tweets of this President. It is also about very real policies that do very real damage to very real people.  This administration is implementing real policies and procedures and administrative rules and regulations that cause bad things to happen and hurt people. Among many examples:

  • Immigrants being expelled
  • Muslims being banned
  • Blacks being killed
  • Healthcare being reversed
  • Gun laws going unchecked
  • The tax system being rewritten to favor the rich
  • Environmental policies being rewritten to serve fossil fuel industry
  • The military complex being expanded
  • Affordable housing being de-emphasized
  • The poor being forgotten
  • The judiciary being taken over by fanatics
  • Banking regulation being erased

And, let’s throw in four more that pre-date Trump, but need our attention too:

  • Corporations becoming people (Citizens United)
  • Political boundaries being drawn to perpetuate those in power (gerrymandering)
  • Letting corporations – particularly financial institutions – off the hook for their role in the Great Recession
  • Rampant economic inequality getting worse by the day

Lest we think things are going to hell in a handbasket, it is good to sense a new “Coalition of the decent” emerging to #RESISTandREPLACE many of these misguided and mean-spirited effort. This emerging coalition is a motley crew of renegade misfits from all walks of life, from every corner of the country. Among them are:

  • Aging hippies
  • Proud women
  • Loud Latinos
  • Gay gays
  • Fed up Blacks
  • Poor Whites
  • Liberal rich
  • Recantant Republicans
  • Re-energized middle class
  • Rethread punk rockers
  • Sickened scientists
  • Legalese lawyers
  • Bummed out bureaucrats
  • Pissed off park rangers
  • Pissed off soccer moms
  • Pissed off high schooler
  • Pissed off lots of others

While this movement remains leaderless at the national level, make no mistake about it: It is taking over local and state politics with a vengeance. Eventually a national leader (and/or leaders) will emerge, no doubt… Until then, #RESIST – and, as that wonderful song from the 70’s by Curtis Mayfield  says: “Keep on Keeping On”.

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A Year Later: Why I still #RESIST

Donald Trump was elected President of the United States a year ago this week.

… and he is still the President.

And I still #RESIST

 

The opposition is dysfunctional, splintered, and marred in its own scandals.

… and is still leaderless.

Yet I still #RESIST

 

He has the power, he has the votes, and he is making appointments to departments and agencies that will reshape the bureaucracy with his draconian policies.

… the odds are still against us.

But I still #RESIST

 

He is trying to implement an economic agenda that works against all but wealthy Americans, a social agenda that disenfranchises and alienates most non-whites, and a foreign policy that is making America small.

… he is still Donald Trump.

So I still #RESIST

 

Why?

I #RESIST because I can, I must, and I care.

 

I #RESIST because I can. If not I then who? I am blessed with the opportunity to do so. I can get involved. I can voice my opinion. I can argue with friends and foes. I can, therefore I #RESIST.

I #RESIST because I must. My moral, ethical, and spiritual compass guides me. And, it clearly points me in this direction. I must, therefore I #RESIST.

I #RESIST because I care. I have a deep innate desire for the common good, love humanity, and celebrate life. I love the simple joy of seeing others happy, self fulfilled, sharing values, and intentionally interconnected. I care, therefore I #RESIST.

 

I look to leaders to challenge us to a higher ground, aspirationally and practically, empathetically and pragmatically.

Trump has more than proven that he is simply incapable of doing this.

 

Therefore, I still #RESIST – and hope you too will do so.

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