January 15, 2018
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Today, we celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on just the quote above, he’s a better human being than I am. I’ve lived through a whole lot of Administrations in my lifetime, but I’ve never in my life felt such revulsion as I do for the current one. For the first time in my life, I feel like I might actually hate someone – and, yes, it’s a great burden to bear. Donald Trump is vile.
What on earth are we do to in the face of a person who blasts immigrants from some countries as being from “shithole” countries, or some Nazis as “very fine people” or picks someone out of a crowd to ask who the “pretty Korean lady” is? I wake up every morning thinking that I will wake up from this nightmare, but every morning that disgusting creature is somehow still running my country. For the first time in my life, I am embarrassed to be an American. I actually wish I wasn’t an American – that’s never happened in my 4 decades on this Earth.
Clearly, the answer is not to sit idly by and make excuses for the man. (Kind of like Paul Ryan saying that Trump’s comments are “very unfortunate, unhelpful.” Are you serious?) Words matter.
I would like to take a lesson from Martin Luther King, Jr. – one of my heroes. Outrage is good, but how we react is the key.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
At this point, it’s worse than silence. There are millions of people who defend the actions of someone who defends racists, wants to destroy the environment in the name of the almighty buck, and has tried for a year now to strip people of their healthcare. (Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Many of these same people claim to be Bible-believing Christians, but they are very clearly ignoring the command to serve the poor and love our neighbors. It is not love to blow the tops off mountains in search of coal and leave behind an environmental nightmare for your neighbors, or to take away healthcare for people who can’t afford it, or to defend someone who thinks it’s okay to grab women by their private parts if you’re rich. None of those things falls under the category of loving your neighbor as yourself.
I refuse to sit idly by. I made a promise 14 months ago to fight tooth and nail against every single vile thing this President tries to do. And, I’m sticking to it.
That said, I am remembering the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. today:
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
And, so, I protest peacefully. I raise a stink, I write massive quantities of letters to my elected officials, and I protest, protest, protest. Next weekend is the (now annual) women’s march and I’ll be there with my protest sign and my pussy hat.
Don’t sit idly by and ignore hate and injustice. Join me. The more the merrier. To find a march near you, look here: https://www.sierraclub.org/find-womens-march-near-you.
Proverbs 21:15 (NRSV): When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, but dismay to evildoers.
Serve all with love.
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