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we knew, we know, and we are paying the price

We all knew what #BLOTUS was before he was elected and we all know what he still is today. Yet, he was still elected to the highest office in the United States. Why?

Since his election has he done anything other than reinforce what we have known all along? I think not.

Why is he allowed to remain in office? Why is he allowed to continue embarrassing our country every time he opens his filthy mouth? Why doesn’t the Republican-led Congress hold him accountable for his lies and total disregard for the law? Why aren’t we all outraged enough to act?

I have never been more ashamed of my country’s leaders as I am today. Am I the only one?

mirror, mirror, not the wall

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It is difficult for me to comprehend how the values of our nation have apparently changed. We seem to have thrown away our moral compass and are intentionally fleeing from the responsibilities that have long demonstrated our greatness.

I totally agree that we need to make our nation great again. But endorsing the bullying, selfish, xenophobic, and racist values of the president elect moves us further from that goal. The values of BLOTUS are not the values that will make America (or any other nation) great again.

Have we really come to the place where we have decided hate is better than love? Do we really want to live in fear rather than caring for those most in need? What has happened to our sense of justice for all and compassion for those in trouble?

We definitely need to look into a mirror. We need a rude awaking to see what we are becoming. The United States doesn’t need a wall. We need a heart.

“We must always take sides.”

As I have said before, sometimes silence isn’t golden. Sometimes remaining silence is just plain yellow. Allowing others to be humiliated without speaking up and coming to their defense cannot be justified. If we see suffering and do not act to defend those being oppressed we become as responsible, as guilty, as the oppressors.

 

God is awake

Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. – Victor Hugo

One of the attributes of those who care enough to act is a deep-seated sense of responsibility. I will be the first to say that a sense of responsibility is a good thing.

However, a strong sense of responsibility is often accompanied by the great temptation to bear the entire load of responsibility alone. And there is nothing good or noble about that. It can actually be debilitating.

The old African proverb gets to the heart of the matter. “If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together.”

Working together is the path to accomplishing great deeds in any field. Sharing the work lightens our load, and just as importantly, it allows others to contribute. And that’s a good thing.

But, at the end of the day, as Hugo writes, we can go to sleep in peace. The Creator of the entire universe, the God who sustains each of us and the world we call home, is awake.

We do not have to carry the burdens of the work alone.  We don’t have to shoulder all the responsibility.

God is awake.