Will You Stand with Me?

grateful-2Will you stand with Me?
This is still a Free Country.
And You may vote for Whomever you Like!
I respect that.
I respect your Freedom,
And I acknowledge that Protecting Your Freedom is Protecting My Own — There is One Freedom that we both share,
It is Precious!
And to be Treasured!
It is fine, as you say, to Agree to Disagree.
My Question now is:
Will you stand with me?

Oh, Sure!
He is making America White Again… I mean Great. Right?
Which is it? Great or White?
Whichever. You’re happy with it! You seem Pleased.
You say that he’s doing a Great Job,
Or with equal assurance, ‘Give ‘im a chance!’
And even though he hasn’t technically even begun,
And what he has done thus far, before even getting into office, I find Terrifying,
You think it’s Great!
But will you stand with me?

Oh, and sure, he is not quite as Outwardly Rabid as he was during his campaign.
You feel you were right and that all that was just Marketing Tactics to seal the Deal.
And Now we’re going to see this Terrific New York Businessman set America Straight Again.
Yes. That is, in part, what I am worried about.
Will you stand with me?

His appointment of alt-right conservatives such as STEVEN BANNON as his Chief Strategist (whatever that means!) does not make you shiver to the core the way it does me.
His appointment of BETSY DEVOS, the Republican Billionaire who wants to eliminate Public Schools, as secretary of Education,
Does not make you fear for your Children the way it does me…
Yesterday, when questioned, she would not say that she believes guns must be kept out of schools.
Her Father’s Foundation funds such anti-LGBT misnomered Conservative Groups as Family Research Council and Focus on the Family…
In Fact the single thing shared by Every Cabinet & Staff appointment the President Elect has made
Is an opposition to LGBT Rights.
Will you stand with me?

MIKE PENcE advocates that Funding for AIDS be diverted to Fund Conversion Therapy,
Stated that marriage equality would lead to “societal collapse,”
And said that stopping gays from marrying wasn’t biased, but was rather about compelling “God’s idea.”
It always makes me nervous when any Political Official purports to know “God’s idea.”
But it doesn’t seem to faze you.
I know more People With AIDS than You!
I know more people damaged by Conversion Therapy than You!
I will fight against PENcE’s Homophobic Policies.
Will you stand with me?

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

Remember the whole Pizza Joint that said they wouldn’t cater a Gay Wedding thing?
That was him.
Oh, and Memories Pizza Parlor in Indiana managed to raise over three-quarter of a Million Dollars in contributions for their stance — It’s Big Business, discriminating against marginalized groups…
PENcE signed a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against customers based on their sexual orientation.
He called it a “religious freedom” Bill.
Freedom for His religious beliefs.
Not for anyone else’s.
I shall fight for mine.
And for yours.
And for his.
Will you stand with me?

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

You proudly state that you are “Socially Liberal/Fiscally Conservative.”
I Hear that a lot,
Always in a tone that the people who speak it do not realize sounds as condescending as it does.
What does that mean, exactly?
Money is more important to you than
Healthcare for all People,
Women’s Reproductive Rights,
Marriage Equality,
Fair Minimum Wages for Others,
Fair Voting Laws ,
Standards of Educataion,
and Caring for the Elderly —
Essentially Money is more important to you than Anything!
And yet you say that in an overly friendly tone implying that it is acceptable to think like this and that you are offering some bridge to enable us to relate to one another better.
But I do not agree with you that Money is more important than even one of these things.
I grew up before IVAN BOESKY proclaimed at the UC Berkeley Commencement Speech that Greed is Good.
It’s not!

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

But now we shall have a President who also believes what you believe.
He believes in Money above the Rights and Protections of the People.
Just to be clear, he believes in Money for Him, not for you.
Will you stand with me?

Did you see that Press Conference last week?
Do you know that he is gutting the Press Briefing Room from the White House?
He has worked hard to convince the Citizenry that the Media is untrustworthy — “Lügenpresse” — and that his is the only voice you can trust.
This is a key component to Authoritarian Rule.
Are you buying that?
Or will you stand with me?

His Appointment of a man with Private Oil Interests,
As Corrupt a man as America has ever produced,
(Don’t believe me? Check out how much in damages EXXON has actually paid out since the EXXON Valdez Oil Spill ruined all those people’s lives, and they were sentenced to make amends. Or check out his recent salary as CEO of EXXON — reported between 25 million and 38 million per year — No one even knows exactly, except that it is over $1,500 per second!)
As Secretary of State

And a man in charge of the Dakota Access Pipeline
To oversee Native American Affairs

And a man who does not believe the science of Climate Change
As head of the Environmental Protection Agency

And a man who does not believe in raising the Minimum Wage
As Secretary of Labor

And a man with a long history of opposing Voting Rights
As Attorney General

And BEN CARSON as the Secretary of Housing,
Whose single qualification for that position is that he lives in a house!

I object to every one of these appointments.
Will you stand with me?

He claims his Sons have taken over his own private business dealings and he will only know what happens with the tRUMP Organization if he reads it in the newspaper.
I was part of a Cultural Mission to Russia in the 1980’s, during the Cold War.
I am familiar with how propaganda works.

propaganda |ˌpräpəˈɡandə|
noun 1 information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view; the dissemination of propaganda as a political strategy. — New Oxford American Dictionary

I shall fight against propaganda.
I shall fight to protect the First Amendment which guarantees Freedom of the Press.
Will you stand with me?

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

There is So Much Progress we have made that is worth Protecting:
Toward Health Care Accessibility for All People
Toward Marriage Equality for All People
Toward Environmental Protection and Dealing with Climate Change
Toward World Peace and a Spirit of Cooperation.
I am willing to do all I can to Protect these truly American Values.
Will you stand with me?
As Tony Award Winning Actor, JEFFREY WRIGHT tweeted out,
“May the election of tRUMP bring forth the fiercest, smartest, toughest generation of ass-kicking women this country could possibly imagine.”
I am Hopeful that with so many of us Awakened,
We shall Live now into a time of Positive Change and ReBirth.
We shall Overcome, as it has been said before, and as we have.
We shall bring to Life a new and profound perspective on all that we enjoy in this country, and all that we have for which to be Grateful,
Beginning with Clean Air and Water.
And that we shall be Better Stewards of the Planet
The World
And our Society.

A Cartoon from the internet

A Cartoon from the internet

Yes. You are Free to Vote however you like.
Yes. Your candidate won.
He will be inaugurated this week.
You keep telling me that I need to Get Over it.

But Now
Will you stand with me?

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet


Here are just a few of the ways you can stand with me this week:
Ghostlight Project
Attend a Protest Concert or Event
or just do an Internet Search for
“Presidential Inauguration Protest Concerts, Rallies, Events”
in your area…

Stay Safe.
Keep it Peaceful — otherwise, it defeats the purpose.

Will you Stand with Me?

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  1. My grandbabies would be considered spawn of the devil by many Trump supporters. I can’t wrap my mind around that. My artistic friends with “pre-existing conditions” may die far too young under his “care”. I am NOT in a happy state tonight. Tomorrow I will spend the day with various groups of friends and will NOT NOT NOT watch the demolishing of my hopes for the country of my birth.

    I WILL remain hope-FULL. I WILL march in solidarity with all who cherish social justice on Saturday. I will write. I will take photographs. I will create. I will work for love, for openness, for peace, for acceptance.

    But tonight…I am grieving.


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