Thursday, April 18, 2019

Our Love Affair with the Constitution

I've grown weary and tired of the Trump era.  Watching this fiasco of a presidency has worn me down.  Like many of you, I have sat on the sidelines watching in silent (and perhaps not so silent) horror as Trump has taken a sledgehammer to our democracy.  He has thumbed his nose at the constitution and boldly defied the norms and dignity of the office that he currently holds.

He has lied to the American people repeatedly, and then when asked about those lies, he lies again.
He has weaponized the constitution, using the laws to protect himself when those very laws were put in place to protect the person who is supposed to uphold the laws of this land.

We know this.

However, this isn't about him.  This is about us.  We need to ask ourselves what we need.  We need to understand that what is currently in place isn't working for us.  We see it clearly.  The massive tax cuts that was supposed to bring more wealth into our homes has failed to bring fourth the fruits that were promised.

We have a choice to make because (and I saw this to my husband all the time) life is about choices.  We chose the current occupant of the White House.  Well, some of us did.  But we can right our wrongs and chose again.

In many ways, what has happened to us as a people has happened to me personally.  Through each relationship that I found myself in has taught me what I wanted and didn't want.  It taught me what I had the right to expect as well as not expect.  It taught me that you had to give in order to get; and that sometimes it wasn't always about getting.  In fact, it was more about giving just as long as I knew who I was giving to because there are people that will take from you without returning a thing.

Our current state of political affairs is in chaos; but like most relationships, you are due a do-over.  You can change things.  You can change your state of mind and go into life, single and happy; learning from your past mistakes and moving forward until you meet someone else that will hopefully give you what you need.  They may or they may  not.

But you have a choice:  If they do, Bravo!  But it they don't...what do you do?  You lick your wounds and start again.

We have that choice...right now; to lick our wounds and start again!

We have the golden opportunity to declare what we want as an American people.  We can say that we want better than what our forefathers declared, because equality under the constitution was written for all, but not meant for all.  It was subject to interpretation.  So lets get it right this time and discern it correctly.  Let's apply the words in the constitution to every living, breathing man in the United States.

We have to keep our eyes on the prize.  We have to listen to the candidates that are in the Democratic party.  Hopefully, they will put forth the correct message.  They will speak to the people by being for the people.

We need to ensure that 2020 will be a time of true prosperity for the middle class, and that everyone is included in that definition.

We have to be something that has been lost these past two years.

We have to be for ourselves and the constitution.  We cannot afford to be simply against Trump!

~ J.L. Whitehead