My Fellow Americans

My fellow Americans, let me be clear.

I do not endorse, support, or tolerate 45 or those who believe him to be a good man. He is not. Anyone who believes in his character are either delusional or have a radically different idea of what one’s character should be made of.

What can I do to help this fight? It feels hopeless at times. What am I even capable of doing? November is coming. 

Here it is. My first big step.

I am willing to alienate anyone who supports him.

Do I want to alienate those whom I love? No. It goes against every habit I’ve formed in my life. It’s impossible.

But I will. Because this is life and death for people. This is good versus evil. This is not the time to mince words or shy away from tough choices. This is the time for the righteous fight against all toxic and egomaniacal men who 45 represents, including 45 himself.

And for me, that means creating distance between me and those who believe 45 to be anointed by God. My strategy is to alienate them how their leader is alienating those of color, Black people, the LGBTQIA+ community, non-Christians, women who prefer not to be sexually assaulted, women who want access to affordable birth control, those fleeing from violence and persecution, the medical experts who know what they’re talking about, etc.

Oh, you don’t like how alienation feels? You think we should love EVERYBODY regardless if we agree with them (for example: sexual orientation, sexual preference, fleeing from persecution, etc.)? Great! We agree on something!

PSA: Don’t police my tone or the manner in which I’m choosing to fight for justice. I’m aware of how I’m coming across – it’s intentional. Thanks in advance.

I understand I sound angry, mad, intolerant, extreme.

Welcome to how 45 sounds daily.

I understand the pros and cons of how I’m coming across and the strategy I’ve chosen.

I’m choosing this fight for myself. It isn’t how I operate under normal conditions.

This isn’t a normal condition.

Additionally, here is your daily reminder that it’s okay to set boundaries for your life. Don’t apologize for these boundaries.

Setting boundaries doesn’t make you a less loving person, it makes you a more self-aware person.

Don’t let people tell you that you aren’t loving like Jesus did because you’re taking a stand and raising your voice against injustice – they are wrong.

If you are for 45, you are against me. And I respect your opinion while helping you out the door.

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Lastly, and this might seem contradicting at this point, but I want to stress how important I believe love is in bringing about change.

However, don’t soften your voice under the disillusion that a softer voice equals great love. Speak up. Use your voice for what’s right. Show your love by showing up.

And never apologize for having an opinion and acting on it.

That’s all.

 

 

When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something…To do something. Our children and their children will ask us, ‘What did you do? What did you say…’ We have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history.

Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. We will find a way to make a way out of no way.

John Lewis

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