This is what democracy looks like.

Alexis Tryon

What did you vote for today? What did you vote against? As Americans, and members of a representative democracy, most of us didn’t actively vote for anything. That’s why we have elected officials — they participate in democracy on our behalf. Whether you voted for them or not, these individuals speak for you. When they sign their name to a bill, they sign your name as well.

And, in your silence, you agree with them.

When you stay silent, you are complicit in every decision. No comment means we agree, we accept. Don’t agree? Make your voice heard through your representative — participate in your democracy.

This is what is required of all of us as citizens. For my brothers and sisters who voted for our current officials, today they speak for you. I understand that you don’t agree with everything they say, that your views don’t align with every vote they make. Do they know that? If you aren’t making your voice heard, you are strengthening them with your silence. And you are an accomplice to the outcome of those decisions.

For my sisters and brothers who voted against this administration, you spoke out with your vote in November, but you aren’t exempt from duty. We vote and someone wins — that’s our democracy. It is then our responsibility to continue making our voices heard, to hold our officials accountable. Speak up or forever hold your peace.

You can’t fight every battle, but you can’t deny your power either. You are powerful. Your officials work for you and will respond to you — to your voice, to your vote, to your dollars. Are you content with every decision made since January 20th? If the answer is yes, stay silent. Your vote is being heard.

If the answer is no or you say “that’s not why I voted for him” or “he’s not my president,” it’s time to break your silence. Your silence is a powerful endorsement. Don’t agree? Say so. Make a phone call, write a letter, log an opinion on POPVOX. Donate, march, write, volunteer, knit. Make your voice clear and hold your representatives accountable — every day, every vote.

This is what democracy looks like.

Thanks to Scott Carleton and Christina Wallace

Alexis Tryon

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Doer, Maker & Enthusiastic Eater. Founder at Extra Yarn & Artsicle.

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