Peaceful Resistance

I am but a single voice.
I am but a single person.
But add in you and your voice,
Together, we can change the world.

I try to keep the politics in my writing to a minimum here on Medium. If you know me at all, you probably know that I am an inclusive liberal. I believe that the rules should be there for the protection of the innocent. I believe in second chances. But I also believe that we need to stand up for what we believe and not let people walk all over us.

A friend on Facebook posted asking how anyone could justify the rioting going on. I do not agree with those rioting over Trump’s inauguration, but I do believe there is reason to peacefully protest. There are reasons to march… and I would be if my body would let me. There are reasons to protest. And this is part of my protest.

Trump may be president, but he won’t be my president. The irregularities that have already come to light, the fact that he did not win the popular vote, the fact that he is already being sued for his lies and actions, the fact that he will not do the things we have come to expect of a president (releasing tax returns, disclosing his conflicts of interest, etc.), all of this comes together to scare me for the future of my country.

Trump has already started changing things in ways that scare me. He has already rolled back the most recent money saving measure for homeowners. (The one Obama put in place earlier this month.) The Whitehouse web site now looks like a campaign website. All help and references to LGBTQ rights have been removed from the site. And it is full of typos and errors.

Trump promised to “drain the swamp” — it was one of the reasons people voted for him. Instead, he recommended for cabinet the people he complained about. People who have never held positions in the fields for which they will now be supervising. Billionaires. People who are not cooperating with the ethics board. People who have vested interests in not protecting the people they should be protecting.

I know I am not alone in these feelings and beliefs. I also know that we need to fight back and fight back strongly. For our future. For our children and grandchildren. For our country. For those who can’t fight themselves.

So I encourage you to find what you can do to peacefully protest. Share links. Read. Make yourself knowledgeable about the issues. Know the difference between Trump’s hyperbole and the truth. Sign and share these two petitions from the very few citizen aimed parts of whitehouse.gov that still exist:

Have other ideas of how to peacefully resist? Share them. I would love to hear from you.