This might be a rant. No, it most likely is going to be a rant, though I’ll try to keep it positive. There is a light in all this violence, in all of us women stepping forward saying #metoo, in all the prejudice being shaken out from under the carpet. It’s awakening society to the things that have always been there, lurking. They are exposed and we can say, “No more.” No more gun violence. No more silence about sexual harassment, prejudice of any kind, no more steps backwards as a society.
But it’s frustrating, isn’t it? There have been marches. There have been petitions. There’s been constant dissension and chaos in our country and among our leaders. Those in power encroach upon civil rights that had been fought for and granted by the Supreme Court. Birth control, gun control, same-sex marriage… and more disgusting is the treatment of Puerto Rico. What kind of monster points a finger at debt and throws paper towels at people at a time of pure devastation?
The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Endless lawsuits against our government have been filed. The judicial system is slow, far slower than a man in power that has signed Executive Orders that ruin our environment, cripple a struggling health care system, and who has joked about his vice president wanting to kill all gays.
I don’t understand this world. But having these issues be brought forward exposes both sides. Silence is not an option, not now.