My two cents . . .

I realize most of these events have already been talked to death, but I really do try not be a reactionary, so I have watched and processed and here’s what I think:

I think Trump’s inauguration went as well as could be expected. Republicans cheered, Democrats cried. It is vitally important that we, the people, hold ALL our elected officials feet to the fire and keep them honest (well, as honest as possible for politicians). Whether we supported Trump or not, he is now the President of the United States and we should support and respect the office if nothing else. I tried to do that with Obama as well, but this is a lesson I’ve learned later in life and I am sure I had Facebook posts from years ago that I would now regret. But those who are holding up pictures from 8 years ago of the horrible image of an efigy of Obama being hung and saying,”see, you did it too” to the Republicans — I agree. Some right-wingers acted abhorently after Obama was elected. It was wrong for them to do so. And just because they did it then and now some of the left-wingers are doing similar things with Trump does not make it less wrong for either party. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it.

I think the women’s march on Saturday could have been a significant way for women to show support for each other and for men to show support for women. If that is all it was I would have been happy to march as well. However, the chosen speakers for the main event were filthy, crude, and hateful and I cannot choose to support them or what they stand for. While it is important for American women to join together and declare that we deserve the same respect and opportunities given to men, I also think it is naive to believe we can be equal to men. And really, do we want to be equal? My husband and I aren’t equals, but neither of us is better than the other. Our individual strengths make up for the other’s weaknesses and together we are formidable.

I think our nation has spent far too much time focused on our differences: Democrat-Republican, black-white, rich-poor, male-female, Christian-muslim, gay-straight, single-married, etc, etc, etc. It is time to refocus our energy, our time, our resources, and our emotions on those things we have in common. Our likenesses. Things like our compassion for those in need, our desire for a beautiful future for our children, our joy in life’s milestones, and our pain in life’s losses. Our humanity.

I think many people who call themselves Christians should rethink the language they have been using in their descriptions of the “other.” There have been ugly names like stupid, moron, libtard, uneducated, deplorable, idiot, and many others that I am choosing not to use because language. This morning during my quiet time I was struck by the Bible passage I was reading from Ephesians 4:29–32 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” If we can manage to get rid of the bitterness, rage, anger, slander, and malice toward each other and treat each other with kindness and compassion then we the people will be formidable and unstoppable because we will have each others’ backs instead of clawing at each others’ throats.

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