I know I should be spouting off patriotic blather this morning…it IS Independence Day after all……..
But I find that I am so disgusted with the orange buffoon in the oval office with his wannabe dictator attitude, and the ass-kissing of the Republican Party and the far right, that I simply can not.
I am not proud of my country.
That saddens me.
I used to be proud of being born into this country…of being American. I was proud whenever I saw the flag of my nation or sang the National Anthem……….but not anymore.
I used to be proud that other nations saw us as an example of being a good neighbor…of being a protector of human rights and dignity….of being first to offer protection to those who were being subjugated…..but that is no longer how we are seen…and I am ashamed.
I hear our leaders cry out to jail those who oppose them…to LOCK them UP! I hear the outright lies from the mouth of our leader……..and wonder how did we get to this place?
I see tanks being carted through the streets of our capital…something so firmly planted in my mind as being a “parade” of fascism…or Communism…of some third world wannabegreat dictatorship……and I am nauseated.
I see what my countrymen are doing to people fleeing oppression, violence, poverty, homelessness and hunger…………..and am ashamed.
I hear the diatribes against this or that group that is “different” and want to strike out.
I read about the laws being passed so they will be argued in the Supreme Court in an attempt to overturn basic human rights…and I want to scream out my dismay and anger.
I no longer believe that most Americans are “good people”…there are many, I know. But so many more seem to be doing nothing to protect our republic. And so many are delighted to see the daily examples of racism, sexism, xenophobia. It quite literally makes me feel ill.
I keep on doing the same things and praying that some day it will have a different result….the classic stinking thinking of disease……….but I don’t know what else to do.
I call daily to my state reps and senators…telling them their complicity is dangerous to our nation, begging them to vote a certain way that restores human dignity or safety….and they continue to blindly follow the leader into fascism…..I write letters daily praying they will somehow open people’s eyes to what is happening…and no one sees. I show up at the offices of those supposedly governing and beg for change……..I demand change……….I cry for change…..
And there is none.
What will it take to open the collective eyes of this Nation?
Will all of our rights be negated before they see?
I’m old now..and it is difficult to continue tilting at windmills……..but I keep on doing it.
I keep on hoping someone will take up a lance and tilt with me.
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” Martin Niemöller