Monday, November 21, 2016

We The People

My wish for the world is that we can find peace and begin to heal the rift that is tearing our country apart. I struggle to make sense of how things have gone so horribly wrong; and in that process, I may voice my concerns and question why certain things have happened. If I didn’t love America and ALL the people in it, I wouldn’t be so passionate about this subject. I don’t want anyone to be hurt or offended. I want every adult and child to feel safe, whether they’re in their homes, at their jobs, attending church (or not), out shopping, walking down the street, or at school. I want the hate to go away and I want people to stop pointing fingers of blame at each other.

That being said, one question still remains: “How do we fix this mess?”

Because it is a mess and it does need fixing, whether Trump becomes president for 1 day, 1 year, 1 full term, or even a second. At this point, it doesn’t matter if you voted for him or didn’t. What’s important is how we’re going to deal with the residual hatred and discrimination and human rights violations from proposed legislation and from people lashing out at those who are different from them.

Again, I understand how Trump supporters are tired of the “protests.”

But I am deeply concerned and afraid for the future of our country. I can’t ignore it. I can’t stay quiet. I can’t “let it go.” I can’t just “get over it.” I’m tired of people wanting me to move on, to give someone I consider an extremely dangerous man a chance. I’m not okay with that.

This is not about winning or losing an election.

It’s not about my candidate not winning and me being a sore loser about it. It’s not even about Trump anymore. He might surprise me and be a good president. I doubt it, but in the interest of peace, I’ll consider it a possibility for the moment. Instead, this “protest” is about the toxicity Trump unleashed and validated when he poured gasoline all over the intolerance bonfire.

The future of our people and this planet is not a game to be won. This is about human rights and treating others with respect and decency, treating everyone equally under the law. It’s about preserving the world for our children and all the future generations to come.

This whole situation strikes a nerve so profound that I could not live with myself if I stood by and did nothing. That’s un-American.

Our country’s government was designed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. If we take people out of that equation, it’s just a dictatorship. That’s not what America is about.

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of hope and freedom to those seeking refuge, asylum, and a better life. She is a beacon of hope in a stormy sea of life, a welcome mat laid out for everyone.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Those words must mean something. They must ring true.

America is a beautiful land filled with talented, creative, intelligent, diverse people of all shapes, sizes, colors, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations. It’s the great melting pot. It was never intended to be an America of the whites, by the Christians, and for the elite upper class.

Our constitution gives us the right to peaceful assembly and free speech. If we the majority find a law to be unconstitutional, we have the right to try to have it changed. If our leaders fail their people or our systems fail, we have the right to try to replace them. That’s America. That’s the land of the free and home of the brave I fight for. That’s part of what I feel is being threatened now.

So if you’re truly tired of the “protests,” come to the table and talk peacefully.

If you honestly believe with all your heart and soul that Donald Trump is the right man for the job, I’d like to know why. I want to understand. But don’t just tell me his campaign slogan, that he’ll make America great again. I want to hear how you believe he’s going to do that. I want to know why you think I need to start supporting him too. And in return, I’ll tell you why I disagree if you’re interested in hearing it. Or you can read the list in my article, The Brink of Disaster. Maybe one of us will change our minds or perhaps we’ll both agree to disagree.

Until I’m convinced otherwise, however, I believe our country is headed down a dark and destructive path. What we do now will shape not only our nation but the rest of the world. That’s how big the stakes are. This wasn’t just a crazy election. The semi-dormant plague of hatred has been awakened and now sweeps across our land with a vengeance.

A country divided will surely fall. If a foreign power wanted to conquer us, now would be the time. Let’s not give those potential enemies the advantage. We need to be the UNITED States of America.

Let’s all stand together on the side of love. Listen with compassion. Exercise empathy.

Stop the hatred. End the violence.



Saturday, November 19, 2016

What Is Our Legacy?

In the wake of the elections and heated emotions on both sides, I've asked myself so many times how we could be so polarized as a nation. I'm sure people on both sides of the fence believe they're right and the others are wrong. Putting all of the political differences aside, there's probably some very important questions we should all be asking ourselves, no matter which side we take:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Will History Repeat Itself?

Since the electoral college ignored the will of the people and handed Trump the oval office, those who opposed his candidacy are being told to be tolerant, to move forward, to “get over it.” Americans, we cannot afford to look the other way and adopt a “wait and see” strategy. Now is not the time for indifference or complacency; we have far too much at stake to be quiet. It is a time to rise up in peaceful protest and make our voices heard.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Don't Judge My Safety Pin

My words are my gift. What I have to offer is my voice and I will not be silenced. It may not seem like enough to some people, but it's how I can make a difference. I show up in other ways when I am able, but I always speak up and I will always speak out to right a wrong. I may not be able to change the world, but I might change one life, one person, one feeling, one moment.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lady Liberty Weeps

Today, millions of people mourn the death of a great nation. Sadness and anger flood social media as Americans wake up to find their nightmare has just begun. Donald Trump has won the presidential election and, in the process, has provoked citizens to turn against each other. His campaign has given validation to every hate group in the country. He has personally sanctioned the ugliest side of human nature to raise its fists against anyone deemed inferior. Lady Liberty weeps for her people as the Confederate flag flies with misguided patriotism and pride over the south.

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Fearful Nation

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” So said the Jedi Master Yoda in the 1999 movie, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Wise words for a short, green fictional character.

Ever since the 911 attacks, Americans have turned their lives inside out with fear, much like they did in the 1950s. Just substitute “communist” with “terrorist” and it’s the same hysteria. We live in fear of terrorists. Fear of guns. Fear of Muslims. Fear of using the wrong bathroom. Fear of breastfeeding in public. We have become a country of scared little sheep, suspicious of anything and everyone who’s different.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Brink of Disaster

What if your right to vote was taken away from you? How about your right to decide how many children to have? How would you feel if all the progress you’ve made throughout the course of your life had been stripped away and invalidated? What if it was okay for people to treat others with disrespect, to sexually assault someone, or to advocate racial segregation and deportation? Would you be okay with that?

What if that was just the beginning? What if we didn’t just send our sons off to foreign countries to fight wars? How would you feel if those countries brought their wars to our shores? What if you were so busy waving your flag on the Trump bandwagon that you couldn’t see the train wreck waiting for all of us around the corner? Would you dismiss someone if they told you it was coming?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

How Not To Pitch To An Agent

Last weekend, I attended the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference in Denver with my friend and fellow indie author, Melissa Stacy. To say this was an eye-opening event would be an understatement. It was a great learning experience, though, and I’m already planning to attend next year’s conference. However, I’ll be better prepared for that one.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

A Life Undone

Life makes no promises, except that it will one day end. No details are etched in stone. Nothing is certain, not even how or when we meet our demise. We know only that it will eventually happen. Everything from the moment of our birth until that day is as much a mystery as why we’re here in the first place.