Stand Up!

I don’t want to feel dirty anymore. That’s the best way I can describe it. I reject being lumped into the category of “American” if that associates me in any way with trumps Great America.
I get that some of you desire to get along, to move on, but this, to me, isn’t about tax cuts or second amendment rights. It’s not. And it surely has nothing to do with a Breitbart painted prescription of Hillary hatred. I especially reject and condemn the abomination that there is room to hide behind the Bible and a narrowly defined “sanctity of life” in exchange for the oppression of gays, Muslims, blacks, Hispanics, people with disabilities and the sick. Oh, journalists and teachers. I forgot to include the fucking ridiculous idea that teachers and journalists are bad, not nice, and dishonest.

So I’m not going to get along. I’m not going to move on. What some fail to recognize is that a majority of Americans, by majority I mean 2,865,075 actual voters, witnessed the undermining of their values of not only what it means to be American but even more so – what is sacred to their humanity. Too much? I don’t think so. And the really sad part of all this is those who don’t understand, those who put their own flawed understanding of personal economic interests, their frightened comfort in clinging to their guns and Bibles and their personal lack of confidence that is manifested in distrust of any non homogeneous entity think it is my responsibility to conform to their cowardice. Forget the great premise that this country was built upon that all men are created equal. Forget that Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love one another as ourselves.

The idea that all men are created equal and that I should love all others, not just some, as myself is the foundation upon which I stake my humanity. There is a very viable movement in America right now that has emboldened misogyny, xenophobia, racism and homophobia. This can not stand. Perhaps never before has Edmund Burke’s quote “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” been so relevant. Where do you stand?


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