I am concerned

A post I saw yesterday inspired this – and yes, it contains some similar phrasing.  I revised it as a response to my two ‘daughters’ (30-something sisters I’ve known for over twenty years, who are my non-blood daughters).  But the concerns are those I would so like to pose to many.

Since I have suggested on more than one occasion that voting is important, I am very proud that you became involved in this election. And it doesn’t concern me that you voted one way and I voted another.  At least, I hope you voted.

I am concerned because you know, are related to, or teach people with disabilities –yet you watched an adult who wants to “Make America Great Again” mock a disabled person in front of a crowd – and still supported him.

I am concerned because you listened to an adult who wanted to “Make America Great Again” spout vitriolic racism time after time – and still supported him.

I am concerned because you listened to an adult who wants to “Make America Great Again” advocate for war crimes and the use of nuclear weapons – and you thought he should be the one to lead our country.

I am concerned because you – two intelligent, caring women – listened and watched an adult who wants to “Make America Great Again” equate a woman’s worth to her appearance – and still supported him.

I am concerned because you listened to an adult who wants to “Make America Great Again” disrespect women (in general and individually) on so many levels – and you evidently heard and saw nothing wrong with that.

I am concerned because you know and respect people in the LGBT community, and you supported an adult who wants to “Make America Great Again” by decimating the rights they have fought for and finally won.

I am concerned because an adult who wants to “Make America Great Again” aims to wipe away the first principle of our country – religious freedom – believes that only Christians have that right to be Americans. And where does that leave you, both of you who have declared that you do not believe in religion?

I am concerned because an adult who wants to “Make America Great Again” made statements on various subjects in public to millions of people – then denied saying them. And you still supported him.  What do you call it when your children do that?

I am concerned because too many people are willing to jump on a bandwagon and condemn those who stand up for human rights everywhere – because they haven’t taken the time to learn that those “protestors” are actually “PROTECTORS” – of your rights and theirs. Some of those women are the reason you and I have the rights we have today.  You may not need or choose to take advantage of some of those rights, but friends or family – or total strangers – might.

I am concerned because too many people in our country depend on social media for news, reading, believing, and passing on scurrilous articles without ever checking their veracity. THESE are the ‘alternate facts’ – not the ones reported that have solid data to support them.  Too many people have forgotten 10th grade social studies (or whatever grade/subject name covered US history, including the study of our Constitution.  Too many teachers have had to ‘teach to the test’ rather than encouraging students to relate history to current events – and vice versa.  Too few people understand the correlation between action and reaction, cause and effect, as it applies to our entire world.

I am sad. Deeply sad.  I am afraid for our country.  I hope I’ll be wrong.

You’ve Got To Be Taught…

Remember that song from Rogers & Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’?   It replays in my head almost daily, as we read of and see hateful acts committed by children and adults all over the world.

This morning, I have been catching up – reading a few blogs.  My friend, Poor Robert, posted this one – I am
Reblogging from Nenes Life:   and I am asking her question –
“What are we teaching our kids?”