Back in November, the day our world changed with the results of our national election, I blogged HERE about feeding the right wolf – about not giving in to the bad, the ugly, the hateful.
Today are the Women’s marches around the country to protest the new regime – and I use that word in every negative sense it has. The incoming president has already used and abused his power to punish people and government services who dared point out how small the crowds were at his unauguration; moves have already been taken to make it harder for low and middle income people to get mortgages; the republicans have already taken steps to undo so much of the progress that has been made over the past eight years.
And it WAS progress. Don’t they remember how fast the economy was imploding? How many people were losing jobs by the thousands, along with their benefits like health insurance and retirement? President Obama wasn’t perfect, nor were his all of his policies, but holy cow! Look at what he inherited! Where in the world was he supposed to start?
Now, unemployment is lower than it’s been in decades, jobs are on the rise – and hwwnbn CANNOT take credit for those things as they were in the works for the past few years. Millions of people have health insurance who didn’t have it before. We’ve pulled out of one war we were mired in eight years ago. The economy is stable – or at least it was.
Dan Rather has become a voice of reason and hope for me. If you’re on Facebook (and sometimes I wish I weren’t), you might want to check his page out. Yesterday, he wrote this: “Our democracy demands debate and dissent – fierce, sustained, and unflinching when necessary. I sense that tide is rising amongst an opposition eager to toss aside passivity for action. We are already seeing a more emboldened Democratic party than I have witnessed in ages. It is being fueled by a fervent energy bubbling from the grassroots up, rather than the top down.” To read the rest of his post, go HERE.
The groundswell has begun. We are feeding the right wolf. To the women marching, here in the US and around the world, be safe. Be strong. Here are the pink hats my partner and her friend made for my sister and niece and friends who will be in DC today.
We really have to find ways now of holding those in power accountable for their actions – or inactions. We need to begin now working to change thing with our next election in two years. We need to keep feeding the right wolf.