There comes a time in every life where you must decide what is right. Is it right to disregard others opinions? Is it right to not hear another’s view? Will you fight for what is right? Or will you let others tell you what is right? Will you embrace everything that is in your heart? Or will you turn a blind eye in protest and use only words instead of action? Each day you chose whether to move forward or to ignore what is right in front of you. When you visit the National Cemetery in Washington DC or the Pacific National Cemetery in Honolulu look at the death dates. Walking up and down aisle after aisle you see hundreds of men who lost their lives before it even began. Freedom has a cost, and I believe that much of society has forgotten what that cost is today.
Currently, the United States of America is divided. Relationships of families, friends, and colleagues are in disarray and instead of taking action we protest. Protesting is a great tool to garner attention from the media, especially when it comes to the large masses. One of the things I never understood about protesting is what happens after the march and the gathering has conclude? Well, in the 21st century we then take to social media to spread our opinions. We yell and argue with the people that we claim to care about instead of having discussions, and we shut off our ears to everyone else that doesn’t agree with our own views. The saying goes “Evil triumphs only when good men do nothing,” but the real saying should be, Evil triumphs only when good people don’t take action.
Reading can be a great power in an administration that you don’t agree with their actions, their history, or their plans for the future of America. Education Security nominee, Betsy DeVos is not someone I want in charge of our youth or education and it is more than just Trump nominating her. She is a billionaire that inherited everything from Daddy, has no concept of the working man’s dollar and has had a privileged life, never struggling to pay off a student loan or worried that she is living in the right county for her children to get the best public education. Of course, the majority of the government is filled with people just like her. Living in their warped little bubble. The biggest issue I have is she wants to privatize all public education and in turn will make education just like health care in this country. Costs being astronomical, companies not making the best educational decisions or the needs of students when their bottom line is more important, and finally, for-profit charters that weed out the low performing and at-risk children to highlight only the gifted (Alan Singer, Huffington Post).
Society fears what Trump is going to do, but as Marie Curer said, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Personally, Vice-President Mike Pence‘s views are even worse than Trump’s. Pence once said publicly “I long for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history.” He is the epitome of an uncompassionate man who lacks the understanding, grace or knowledge to make an informed decision about women, LGBTs, or children. His ideas on education, women’s rights or human decency is that of someone from the 1940s in a totalitarian government. His views are the only right ones in his mind and everyone else is wrong. Mr. Pence, for someone who has two daughters I question everything you stand for, and unlike you, I look deep into why a person does what they do, and I know your argument is going to be based on religion. Well here is a little religious lesson for you, John 7.24 – “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” Can you say you have experience anything a woman has gone through in her life? Can you understand why thousands of women were protesting over the last week? What if it was your daughter who needed an abortion because having the baby could kill her? What if it was your daughter who was raped and was impregnated with a baby of the man that disregarded her as an object instead of a person? The worst regret in life we can have is not the wrong things we did, but the “right” things we did for the wrong people. Mr. Pence, you need to start looking in the mirror and question why you believe what you believe.
First thing I would like to state is no I did not vote for Trump and no I did not vote for Hilary. Now, before you tell me that I wasted my vote and that it was protest vote not worth anything let me tell you that everyone’s vote in a democracy is worth something. I took action in what I believed in and it was neither in favor of the democratic or republican candidates that were put in front of me (side note: Bernie Sanders all the way). That is what makes us a democracy. That is what makes us a free nation. The freedom of choice. People have died for us to have that choice. Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” Action is what matters. Don’t just protest or post on social media what you feel is wrong. Get involved by taking action. Volunteer at an abusive woman’s shelter, donate to an arts program, raise funds by doing a 5K for endangered animals, or become a big brother/ sister to an underprivileged child. Make a difference in more than just words. Start to really listen to each other. John Lennon said it best,
“You say you’ve got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan”