Fight the Silence. Be the Light.
It hasn’t even been a month and I am mentally exhausted. Not because I’m a “libtard” or a “cuck” or whatever meme label of the hour currently describes the anti-Trump electorate, but because I’m human.
The funny thing is I don’t label myself a democrat or a liberal. Those who know me understand that my political ideals don’t align with any specific party. For example, I’m pro-2A (and support common sense firearm legislation), but I’m also pro-choice. I’m against Common Core and I don’t believe in the need for safe spaces.
I support the death penalty, but as an Atheist, I believe that the government should support a separation of church and state, but also believe that historical documents and buildings with references to God should be left intact to preserve the integrity of our nation.
I support the idea that our government should formally apologize to the Native American tribes for the murder of their people and the theft of their lands.
I believe that gay couples should have the same rights as straight couples. I also believe that a business owner should be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs. You see, I may not believe in God, but I believe you have every right to.
I’m my (almost) thirty-one years of life I have never come close to thinking, writing or speaking the words that I am about to type in this post. I may lose friends and family over this, but I will not go silently through the next four to eight years.
I am ashamed of the current leadership of my country. I will not say that President Trump is not my President because he is. I will not say that I am against every choice he’s made. If you’ve followed any of my prior posts you’ll see that I even exhibited excitement and support for his nomination of General Mattis for the position of Secretary of Defense.
This. This infuriates me. This is an intelligent and educated woman who has been living in our country for at least seven years. Following our laws. She’s been doing everything the legal way as many insist she does. She studied at Clemson University and is employed as a data scientist at an American-owned company based in Seattle, WA.
She’s originally from Iran. She went home to visit family. While there President Trump signed an executive order. Now… she can’t get home. She can’t come back to her dog. Her car is in an airport parking lot. She can’t come back to her house. She can’t come back to her job.
She wasn’t on a terror watch list. She traveled legally. She did every single thing by the book and now we’ve technically deported her by executive order.
I am ashamed, not of my country, but for those elected to lead it forward. I did not serve this nation so that the rights of others could be infringed upon.
I believe in science. I believe in civil rights. I believe in the kindness of the human spirit. I believe in protecting rights while also providing security to the people of the nation. I believe that we should learn from history. I believe the same insurance that covers medication to ensure an erection should cover birth control. I believe that Planned Parenthood provides more services than just abortions. I believe that we, as a nation, are greater. We can be greater than what our fear is allowing us to be. We can exterminate radical terrorism while still providing aid and refuge to those in need. We can acknowledge scientific facts without denigrating the religious beliefs of others. We can be great.
This. This isn’t great. This does not make us safer. This breeds sadness and hate.
Hold your leadership, liberal or conservative, accountable. There’s a better way. Wish not for the failure of our current leadership, but speak up, scream if necessary, to make your voices heard and guide them to do the right thing. Hold them to account for their actions and do not go silently into the night. Speak up. If you don’t, someone you know may be the next person who gets kicked out of their home. – Jay Wisniewski
“There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.” – Sir Winston Churchill