What’s going on?
From my bubble on the Left Coast it seems as though the country is experiencing unprecedented turmoil and discord. The first time I dealt with a president who was dishonest and criminal was in 72-73, and I remember being in a friend’s apartment in Beatrice, NE, watching Nixon delivering his resignation. I was floored. I was never his fan (campaigned for McGovern, the first year I voted. I’m proud to say I’ve voted every chance I had. I did have regrets, sometimes).
So now we have a new administration and a different reality in the White House than ever before. I’m nervous, concerned, worried that the tumult is distracting people from the real issues. Aside from participating in a peaceful march in January (with my husband and the husband-half of good friends of ours) I’ve felt rather helpless in expressing my views and hoping that our elected officials do the right (aka, progressive) thing. I’ve donated to PP, as they were significant help to me as a young, broke, single woman, as well as a young, broke couple. To defund them, IMNTBHO, is criminal — they do so much for so many, with abortion being a tiny fraction and non-government funded.
I don’t know where the country is going, or how it’s going to end, but I’m committed to keeping progress moving forward: LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, equal rights for all, health care for all. I have no interest in plunging society back into the ’60s or earlier. No race, creed, religion, political party should face discrimination. The human race is equal.
That the highest office in the land deems otherwise is chilling. Pay attention, people.