If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?  If Not Us, Who?  Had Enough Yet?

If now is not the time to take action, then when is it the time?  Our democracy and our quality of life are at risk with the current administration and the silenced Republican-controlled House and Senate.  Checks and balances are not working.  To stop the current trend, we must support and help our candidates, encourage our neighbors to get involved, and vote to get Democrats elected up and down the ballot. 

Our candidates are up against an army of paid canvassers funded by a conservative Super PAC that has raised over $71 million.  Stay tuned for next month’s newsletter article on how our young people are being used to accomplish the Republicans’ agenda and to maintain power and continue their destruction.

Here’s a question we can each ask ourselves:  When do we reach our personal tipping point, that point at which we feel compelled to be active and work to get Democratic candidates elected? 

·        Does it happen when we are caging children in “camps” and they are running out of space with a plan to build “tent cities” in Texas where in the summer temperatures reach 100 degrees? 

·        Does it happen when, according to Axios (6/15), our president “lavished praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un,” and stated about his new idol, “He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same”? (Listen to Trump in his own words) Chilling.

·        Does it happen when we are “at war” with Canada and our other allies, while we cozy up to dictators?  From G7 to G3 (Trump, Russia, China)?

·        Does it happen when our access to healthcare is threatened by proposed Republican legislation to allow insurance companies once again to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions?

·        Does it happen when there is another mass shooting that kills innocent people and the NRA-funded legislators (puppets) refuse to have a conversation to improve gun safety?

·        Does it happen when….  You fill in the blank.

It can sometimes feel so overwhelming that it’s not worth the effort, or that our efforts will not make a difference.  But doing nothing guarantees status quo.  And does our silence mean approval?  Find inspiration and energy in the words of Margaret Mead:  Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

If you can only give one hour per week, give it.  If you can only donate $10, donate it.  If you can give more, give it.  That is how we can and will elect the candidates who will protect and strengthen our democracy.