For every action there is a reaction. And movements? They tend to produce countermovements.
That was the narrative, widely, on the morning of November 9, 2016. Donald Trump had been elected due to a movement of Americans who had felt forgotten, and displaced, under the Obama administration.
But there seems to be another narrative swirling about as well. A notion, misguided to state the very least, that Trump was elected, in part, because Democrats were tone deaf to issues facing working class, Midwestern families. A suggestion that is nothing more than a mindless talking point.
You see, fear is the movement that elected Donald Trump to the highest office in the land, and it is courage — charmingly nasty — that will literally march him out.
But the cynics, lost in an inaccessible abyss, don’t understand. And it’s mystifying, frankly, that so many individuals of a developed society — supposedly, the most advanced in the world — are wholeheartedly convinced that their fellow countrymen and women are protesting and marching solely because their overwhelmingly preferred candidate was defeated. A belief in which, if nothing else, proves just why these protests and marches are so desperately needed.
Less than a week ago, our nation remembered a revolutionary man who once paraphrased an idea, stating that, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” And when coupled with his 1965 message that, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” the message becomes quite unclouded.
We, the people, must march. We must march to combat subtle tyranny. We must march to hold firm our founding, fundamental truths. And we must march to maintain our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Lives that include, but aren’t limited to, women having the liberty to control the decisions that ultimately affect their body, and their body alone. We-must-march.
However, understand that marching, alone, will not get us to the finish line, as it is merely a checkpoint. A rallying cry, if you will. Winning this race will take tremendous effort, in constructed activism, dedicated involvement, and accountability.
President Trump, in his inaugural address, said that his administration was going to give the power back to the people. But why wait for a phantom transfer of power, when we can just take it? Now, in 2018, and beyond.
After all, it was FDR, who professed, “The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”
So to all the nasty women, and the men crusading beside them, we have work to do. Let’s show our new president the audacity of hope. He needs to know that we are stronger, than ever, together, and that, still, love trumps hate, and ultimately, yes-we-can!
God Bless You.