Today Will Be Difficult

Believe me, you will have feelings of anger, sadness, and despair. You may think the mountain we are about to climb towards racial, social, economic, and environmental justice is too high and may want to turn back. I know the anxiety facing my own heart when I think of the difficulties we face due to the next four years, but I’m asking you from the pit of my heart: do not give up.

This is a bump in the road. A rather large one, yes, but nothing more or less. I still go into fits of rage when I think of how our country could take one step forward and two large steps backwards with this election, but I know if we all hold true to our beliefs and what we know this country truly stands for one where we treat each other equally, with compassion and love, we will eventually gain those faltered steps back and march forward towards the progress we know our country is destined for.

There is no easy path to this success. It requires us, for lack of a better word, to get off our asses and get to work. Maintaining an eye on legislation being voted on in your local community, state legislature, and in Washington is essential. Stay educated, contact your elected officials, not by letter or email, but by phone, because believe it or not they fear those phone calls more than anything. I’ve learned this from person experience. We have more power in this government than we give ourselves. 

99 of you have decided to take a stand a ignore the inauguration with dozens of elected officials who feel that same fire within to keep fighting. That’s just the beginning.

Download the app Countable to learn about bills going through Congress. This app will keep you informed about what is the chaos of Congress, and don’t be afraid to call your congressperson or senator to let them know how you feel about it.

Stay organized. Join a group nearby you working within the Indivisible Organization, a grassroots organization with groups formed by people like you who want to enact change.

Absolutely want to resist Trump and don’t know where to start? Read this beautifully created manual by activists like Deray and myself to know what to do.

You are not alone in this dark time. And while they may be dark now, I know we can rid the skies of the clouds blocking out the garish sun and once again make this country one where we can all feel safe and understood. We are a compassionate and empathetic society underneath all the garbage currently floating around in this country. I think it’s about time we all picked up a broom and got to work to clean it up. What do you say?

– RA

Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity

I’ve been receiving flack from some individuals around the Internet based off a Facebook event I created to tune out the Trump inauguration, which can be found here. In following the legendary Civil Rights leader, John Lewis, I created an event where individuals can state that they will not tune in to watch the inauguration. People have two options to respond to these types of events: either accept the event or ignore it. 

What I’ve come to find is that some of those arguing against me creating this event are thinking too literally in asking how this event could possibly bring about any change, frustrated that nothing will happen immediately because of it. I now understand where their frustrations lie: we live in a society where instantaneous response to something is the norm. If something takes time then it is a waste of time. And I’ve got news for some of you: we’ve got a long road ahead so you better buckle your seat belts and get ready for a bumpy ride. 

For making this simple event I’ve been called:

  1. A retard
  2. A “libtard”
  3. “Butt-hurt”
  4. Foolish
  5. A coaxer

And the list goes on. 

For those of you who expect those who are unhappy not just with the election but the road our country is headed down, I say this: we face a moral crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in generations. 

You have two choices: stand on the right side of history and show the world that we are a compassionate, caring, and loving people; or allow those at the top to walk over those who need help the most and ignore their cries -including yours – as the rich get richer, the poorer get poorer, and the ignorant become more vocal as this blatant attack on facts becomes the norm. 

I for one know where I stand, and I know the destruction these two dangerous ideologies can bring about, but don’t listen to me. Listen to the man whose life we celebrate today:

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Now where will you stand?

– RA

Why Am I Angry?

People ask me why I’m so angry and all I can to do is wave my arms around me in regards to what’s going on in this country, the world, and to humanity and STILL some people don’t understand where it’s all coming from. The solutions to the problems I’m angry about are difficult to find but the problems are very much evident and blantantly going on right in front of our faces. 

We face a narcissistic, literally idiotic man coming into the highest office of government in the United States who consistently gets upset when people say mean things about him and who devolves into a child when things aren’t going his way. His idiotic tweeting has done more damage to everything the office of the presidency represents in the two months it’s been since he was “elected” than in the entire eight years that even George W. Bush did to the office. You can’t trust a single thing out of his mouth, even when the facts proving him wrong are right there in plain sight. 

We face a Congress which is in the process of destroying our social safety net. The Affordable Care Act? Gutted. Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid? Those are on the chopping block within the next six months. Do you hear any outcry? No, because the news cycles are focuses on the completely asinine things Trump is either saying or doing. 

Speaking of Trump, his cabinet is full of some of the most racist, inexperienced, homophobic, and misogynistic selfish individuals I’ve ever seen in my life. You want a basket of deplorables? Just look at Trump’s cabinet. It’s a disgrace to our country and it’s a disgrace to what our country stands for. 

Selfishness is beginning to reign supreme around the world. Whether it be Brexit, Russia’a human rights violations, Trump’s “election”, along with the myriad of countries clinging to their guns and autocratic leaders rather than helping those around them. 

How can we live in a world where people care less for their neighbor than they do for themselves? The answer is simple: the well off are becoming more well off while those at the bottom are getting worse or that group is expanding. We need a change to the way this world is beginning to accept basically an international oligarchy. 

Stand up, stand your ground, and fight back. 

Reach out to your Senators and Represenative. Find out what their contact information is at http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/

I’m sick of sitting back, seeing everyone yelling on social media, and implementing ways to bring about change. Get involved! Join rallies, call your representatives, and whatever you do, don’t give up. 

Join https://www.indivisibleguide.com/, the founding organization to take on Donald Trump and all the wrong doing going on right now in this country. It will be a tough two and four years, but don’t let that toughness beat you down. Get out there, knock on doors, join groups with likeminded beliefs, and build the mightiest wall you possibly can to block these despicable policies.  

And make Donald Trump and his cronies pay for it. 

– RA

That Shining City on a Hill

We’re not meant to be like this. We are a kind and loving species, one of the only who have the ability to feel what others are feeling deep down within ourselves. Yet here we are, at each other’s throats, our nails digging in even more so this time than ever before. What is it going to take to make us understand that what divides us is what can bring us together most? We’re all looking for a place to live free of fear, hate, violence, and turmoil. There’s no doubt about that. How we try to go about getting there, though, is what causes so much bloodshed.

  • You believe in a different religion than me? Well then surely you must be the enemy.
  • You live in a different part of the world than me and don’t understand my customs? Well then surely you aren’t humane enough to live near me.
  • You speak a different language than me and neither of us understand one other? Well then surely we’ll never see eye to eye on anything.
  • You look different than me? Have a different skin color, are a different gender, or different sexual identity than me? Well, then you must be wrong because my way is best.

It drives me to tears to see how we rip each other down because of such trivial differences between us. What I don’t understand, though, is that if you strip away those things we find different, all the way down to the very bone that houses our brain and heart you’ll find that we’re exactly the same. Yet we still take the time out of our day to put others down because of something we find inferior about them. Instead of doing so, we should be working towards bettering the human race as a whole, making it easier to survive, and live amongst each other as friends.


We have several potently evil people in political power at the current moment, with several more to join, and the possibility of more to come. What we should be doing rather than fighting one another is planting our seeds to ensure the future of mankind is here, because believe me, it very well may not be in the next 100 years or so if these politics of selfishness continue to strangle us. How do you ensure this doesn’t continue? Look to history for the advice you seek and you will always find the answer: love.

Those who fight hate with hate or violence with violence will only destroy themselves. It has always been those who showed their attackers they would not be phased by the mindless menace of violence that came after them who ended up coming out on top.

So when you feel the urge to destroy or hurt something or someone, remember the these actions will accomplish –  nothing.

Franklin Roosevelt said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

John F. Kennedy asked what you could do for your country.

Ronald Reagan called America that “shining city on a hill.”

Robert F. Kennedy said we must do all we can to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

Now let us puncture that fear which has grown around us for so long and prove to the world that as one people we can be compassionate, kind, and loving.
– RA

My Heart Aches

We live in the most powerful nation in the world, with one of the largest economies ever seen. The stock market is booming and unemployment is at a record low. Yrfk_poorchild1et, we still have those who suffer needlessly in this country, and because of their social status, their voices are the quietest, thus making them mute to the rest of the country. They are drowned out by the wealthy and powerful elite who run this country for their own benefit rather than for the benefit of all. What makes it worse is that these people play upon the fears of those less fortunate than them, blaming their misfortunes on other individuals who are already suffering, as well.

We need to identify the true problem in our country before it’s too late.

We need to protect and stand up for those who suffer because they are the backbone of our country and we are all just one step away from being in their shoes.

 

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