WARNING: THOUGHTS OF A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT
In my opposition to President Trump, I am not “old,” or “elderly,” or even “senior.” In my opposition, I have joined millions of Americans of all ages–and others around the world–who see Trump’s ideals and policies as anathema to our long held beliefs about democracy, fairness, honesty, and liberalism.
I see this opposition in the print newspapers that I read (The Boston Globe and The New York Times), on the television news that I watch (CNN, CNBC), in the marches in which I have participated (the Women’s March, the Science March, and the Climate Change March), and in the conversations I have had with grandchildren and men and women across the age spectrum. What unites us are sincerely held, foundational democratic beliefs that are now being so aggressively challenged, mocked, and threatened by the actions and speeches of our president.
I recommend marches! Truth to tell, most do not involve marching, or even walking. They involve driving or taking the “T” to a site like the Boston Commons and then standing. Standing and listening and watching and, of course, talking to like-minded other demonstrators who carry vivid signs representing their own unique points of view. Signing petitions is also part of the demonstration. At the climate march, a variety of well-attended indoor workshops (with chairs for sitting) encouraged more direct actions. These workshops took place immediately following speeches.
People of all ages (babies, college students, families, healthy young men and women, old folks – some with canes) attend. Music, balloons, petitions, hand=made signs abound! And like-minded citizens rally for causes in which their strongly held beliefs are shared with a multitude of others. I thought and felt, “I am not alone;” “Many others are here who will carry this fight forward.” “Are there other actions I can take?” (Like writing letters to the editor — I just had one published in the Globe–so can you!)
I keep thinking about one statement of Ms. Sarsour, one of the four co-chairs of the Women’s March in Washington. She said, “Being disgruntled on your couch in front of your t.v. is not helping anybody. This is a moment when we need viable activism, and now is the time to be bold.” So–Think! Read! Share ideas with friends, and then, Be Invigorated and TAKE ACTION! to insure that your dearly held principles remain a part of the legacies you leave to all our grandchildren.