despite opinion to the contrary
Despite opinion to the contrary, there are times when I hesitate before speaking my mind. I really do take into consideration other people’s feelings and thoughts prior to speaking. But there are times when hesitation does nothing to stop my speaking out against actions or statements that truly annoy or disturb me.
I ALWAYS speak out against things that I consider to be morally repugnant. Things like racism, whether overt or covert. Things like bigotry towards religion; sexism; ageism.
I am a reluctant participant in politics, regardless of what others may think. I dislike INTENSELY arguments without any desire to hear another person’s opinion.
I believe in acting, not just speaking when there is an instance of bigotry in any of its forms. People that do nothing but rant about a problem are, to me, part of the problem.
I dislike the tone that Americans have taken on during the past election. So many are still in “complaint mode” and unwilling to anything to change the status quo. Then there are others, like me I suppose, who have finally shut our mouths and stopped bitching and have taken action.
I joined Indivisible. I have called my senators and congressmen. I have written letters to them all. I have visited their local offices and asked for town hall meetings. I have asked them to vote in specific ways. I have made my requests politely and firmly and have refused to engage in argumentative behaviors and attitudes. I have been a part of organizing events designed to educate not only the public but our rather tarnished politicos.
I am not paid for anything. I wish I were paid actually, as I have extremely limited financial resources. It annoys me to hear that by being part of this group I am immediately designated as “fake” and “paid to protest”.
I WANT our president to succeed. I can not stand him as a human being. He is disgusting and I will never hold him in respect, but he does hold the office. I respect the office. To have him completely fail means extremely hard times for the country I adore. BUT.
I will continue to work towards answers. Answers to questions like “what are you hiding by not releasing your tax returns?” “Why are you bypassing the Congress with all those executive orders when you spoke so firmly against Mr Obama for using executive orders?”
“Why are you filling all those executive offices with Billionaires instead of qualified candidates? Whatever happened to draining that swamp?” “Why do you blame the news agencies for telling the truth?”
And finally, I want an answer to “Why are you constantly lying to your people?”