July 4, 2017
Today we celebrate Independence Day in the United States, to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress voted in favor of Independence on July 2nd, and delegates from the 13 Colonies adopted it on the 4th of July. (For more detailed, and interesting!, information see History,com.) As a lifelong American, I have many, many memories of July 4th BBQs, fireworks displays, parades, the County Fair, and family get-togethers. Most of all, it’s a very public display of “patriotism” and I confess that my patriotism has waned over the years.
The unfortunate truth is that this year it’s embarrassing to be an American. I have had the honor of voting in 7 Presidential elections. That said, I haven’t always been happy with the outcome. (Keep in mind, I was a committed Republican for the first several of those elections and in the past 4 elections, I have been so “blue” that I refuse to even belong to the Democratic Party. They just aren’t liberal enough for me.) However, I find a big difference in being “unhappy” with the outcome of an election and downright embarrassed.
The current President is so disgusting to me that I can’t even watch him talk on the news. I have to force myself to read about his actions, most of which (as mentioned above) are incredibly embarrassing to me as an American. Many of his actions go beyond embarrassing to revulsion to disgust and beyond. Just a recap of some of his decisions the past few months:
- Support of “repealing” the Affordable Care Act. Luckily, our Congress is so inept (even in spite of having a majority in one party) that they haven’t succeeded in actually getting it done. But, our current “President” (I shudder using that term to describe him) would actually like our Congress to simply repeal it and come up with something later. Gross.
- Pulled the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. Luckily, other nations as well as several U.S states are ignoring him and proceeding without him.
- Attempts to “review” and possibly shut down National Parks. (By the time this is done, we won’t have anything pretty to look at in the U.S anymore. It will be a bunch of coal mines and oil drilling sites.)
- Several attempts to “ban” travelers from entering the U.S.
- Appointed terrifying people to positions of power, most notably the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Education.
And the list goes on…….
But, worse yet, is his absolutely embarrassing, non-“Presidential” behavior which makes me cringe on a daily basis. He’s obnoxious and rude, arrogant on an unprecedented level, misogynistic, racist and a bully in general. I’m legitimately afraid to travel outside of the country for fear of people assuming that I’m one of the Americans who voted him into office. Of particular embarrassment is how my Canadian relatives must view us. I hope that my ranting and raving on Facebook will assure them that we aren’t all his supporters.
In the end, I would like to spend my Independence Day calling for a peaceful protest, as I have been doing since last November. I will be attending a July 4th Parade today in my small town, and I will proudly be wearing my bright pink t-shirt from the Women’s March. I will continue to loudly and vehemently fight every decision this Administration makes – unless or until it makes any good decisions. I will continue to write letters to my representatives, protest peacefully in the streets, write about issues, read the news so I am kept informed, and refuse to support any more policies that infringe on my civil liberties, hurt the poor, destroy the environment, and embarrass Americans on the world stage. I will continue the fight until he is ousted from office. At the very least, Thank You God, the longest we will have to put up with this tyranny is 4 years. We will all have the opportunity to vote this clown out of office in 4 years, but wow – that’s a mighty long time. I’ll have a whole collection of protest signs in my garage by then, if we are unfortunate enough to be under his “rule” for that long.
In the end, I pray for peace. I pray for love. I pray for guidance.
John 14:27 (NRSV): Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
Serve all with love.
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