Is This Our Country?

IS THIS OUR COUNTRY?

Do you turn on the TV, open the paper and shake your head at the rising tide of hatred and the violence of newly emboldened Nazis, KKK, White Supremacists?  Trump fanned these flames by saying “many sides” were responsible for the violence of Charlottesville!!!  A few Republicans spoke out about those egregious remarks.   But there are way too few Republicans calling out the President and condemning the hate. The GOP’s silence is deafening even as the numbers of recorded incidents of racist/anti-semitic violence, vandalism and intimidation grow.  And now the Hater in Chief is threatening to end DACA or put it on life support and throw it into the lap of Congress.  Think about Dreamers who have been here 10, 15, 20+ years and now might be deported!  They are AMERICAN educated, acculturated, speak English …What the hell does it mean to be American anyway?

There is so much ugliness it can be mind numbing.  BUT we must NOT become numb.  This is not usual and not normal and THIS must not be accepted by either looking away or saying, “well it is not happening here or to me”.

What can we do?  We can and must call congress and BLAME the silent GOP.  Ask Democrats to make noise and blame their Republican colleagues! (Contact numbers are in this newsletter).

Talk to your neighbors to build community and coalitions for peace and tolerance …WE ARE NOT ALONE IN OUR DISGUST!

Write to the newspapers.

Speak up at school board meetings and village and town halls…because —

TRUMP AND THE SILENT MAJORITY OF THE GOP, WHO ARE STANDING BY HIM,  ARE IMPLICITLY SUPPORTING BIGOTRY, ANTISEMITISM, AND SEPARATISM.

THE PARTY’S SILENCE IS DEAFENING AND EXPOSES THE PARTY’S ABJECT MORAL FAILURE.  FOR TWO DECADES, AND CERTAINLY THE 8 YEARS OF OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY, THE GOP USED FEAR AND HATRED TO ENERGIZE THEIR VOTERS.  TRUMP IS THE CULMINATION OF THAT STRATEGY.

WE CALL ON ALL AMERICANS TO CONDEMN THE HATERS AND THEIR HATE.  CONDEMN THE APOLOGISTS AND THEIR SILENCE AND CONDEMN PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR FANNING THE FLAMES OF BIGOTRY AND VIOLENCE.

STANDING UP TO HATE AND HATERS AND TO THE SILENT GOP IS THE DUTY OF EVERY AMERICAN.