Up to Us

“When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations.

When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.

When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.”

~ John F. Kennedy

Please read the rest of this incredibly timely and poignant article from Brain Pickings. It showed up in my FB feed today and blew me away. Here we are…the poets. Let’s do this thing…

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Finally, the tears have come. What a long day of being glued to social media following the breaking news. As a Democrat and a patriot, a Political Science major, a woman, an intellectual, a fighter, and much more, my heart has ached as I’ve watched a malignant narcissist attempt to destroy the country every day from day one.

He cannot and will not succeed.  This “man” must be impeached.

Thank whatever god or universe you believe in, a Federal Judge in NY has issued an emergency stay on the completely unconstitutional, discriminatory, illegal, un-Christian, and un-American ban on Muslim people, some refugees and immigrants, some with green cards and visas.

It was watching videos of detainees being released into airport arrival areas and welcomed with cheers and hugs from protestors that opened my flood gates. Just imagine if that were you or a loved one being detained here or abroad on your next trip.

The officials in the airports across the country who have refused to abide by the illegal ban are heroes. The protestors are heroes. The lawyers at the ACLU are heroes.  The judge who has the guts to tell Trump “no” is a hero.  It will take repeated heroics to see justice prevail in the end. There is no room to relax.  He must be called out each and every time for as long as it takes.

The media must use the word “lies”, like The New York Times is bold enough to do; WSJ and NPR haven’t been as bold, and as such, enables the dictator. Call it like it is: lies.

The spineless politicians in his cabinet, the ones too weak to stand against him must be pushed by public outrage. Their political number is up anyway at the next mid-term election, they should at least do the right thing now, they could save some face.

That is wishful thinking, though. And so it is up to us, the people.

It is up to us, the writers, and the poets to bring a voice to this sickening cancer spreading through the country. When I asked the question the other day, “What is our purpose?”  This is our purpose.

To sit in silence, to not speak up in whatever way you can (be it in writing, in conversation with friends, by donating, or protesting, etc.), is to accept things as they are. For Republicans who voted for Trump to not reject what he is doing now, makes them as good as accomplices and complicit in the crimes of hate we are seeing, literally….from the crimes on the street to the crimes in the White House.

This is unacceptable. There is no excuse supporters of this hate can come up with that I couldn’t shoot down in a hailstorm of truths. And on that note, I am seriously considering returning to Law school to use my degree, and my passion for human rights. If anyone has $100K they aren’t using, let me know.

Please consider donating to the ACLU. They will be the ones to save the country, and quite likely the world.  Today, we saw our TRUE America ratchet up its gears, putting the court system to work to protect justice and rights and our country as we used to know it. It’s still there.

Thank you to those lawyers working pro bono for the detainees, for the ones filing lawsuits in court, tirelessly striving to stand up for OUR liberty, because if one person is held unlawfully, we should consider that ALL of us are losing our rights, too.

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27 thoughts on “Up to Us

  1. For the sake of the world, Em, I hope America reverts back to it’s beacon-like eminence and its founding values. I am not a citizen, but I admire what you and your country have stood for. I hope you are able to reclaim the nation from someone so crass, so incompetent, so unknowing, so insensitive and so arrogant.

    Seriously – since don’t know how it works – is there a way out once you’ve elected a President? Can he be removed from office without actually “doing” something illegal/immoral/whatever?

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    1. And there are plenty of grounds for impeachment, it’s just a matter of getting the ball rolling in the courts, which I believe we are seeing now in regards to lawsuits in various places, including one that says his business conflicts of interest are unconstitutional, which they are.

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      1. What a fricking disaster this is working out to be! You’re becoming the unnecessary spectacle of the world, like a basket case banana republic. God bless y’all and may you succeed in retrieving the situation

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      2. Keep in mind the vast majority of Americans voted against this man. He has the lowest approval rating of any president in history, he does NOT have a mandate from the people. I’d like the world to understand that part of this…America is not behind him. Watch some of the NBC News broadcasts…see how our people are reacting to the news on FB. We are outraged.

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      3. Typically, they are under-informed, under-educated, and less exposed to diversity than the coastal metropolitans, and have been taken for fools by a con man. They are also the minority opinion.

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  2. I am shocked the way other countries start to take all actions this ‘man’ serious… If we all worldwide ignore his sick, inhumanly decisions, he would have no power to execute them… ‘We’ give him the power by giving him the power and the freedom to be taken serious… I refuse to join. I do not understand ‘the world’ any more.

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  3. Spoken like the Poetess Warrior that I have come to love. 🙂 things are very surreal right now (putting it mildly). It’s despicable and disgusting and embarrassing. But, as you say, those with heart and courage will bring us through. 💙

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