I march because our democratic republic, with its three branches of government, is intended to function as a check and balance on each institution. I recognize those checks and balances no longer function as they are intended when the politics of party override the good of the nation. I fear a Congress that walks in lock step with a president who ignores the Constitution. Rules appear to only apply if it benefits a party preference. Case in point, the rejection of Marrick Garland for the Supreme Court. In a year’s time, he could not even get a hearing.
I march because Congress is ramming through grossly unqualified candidates for cabinet positions. Just to name a few; Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education and Rick Perry, with a degree in animal husbandry to head the Department of Energy. Goldman Sachs, I believe, has 6 representatives in the Trump regime. How is this draining the swamp? The hypocrisy is overwhelming. We are hurling towards a dictatorship.
I march because I have three relatives that have health insurance because of the ACA. One is disabled. Another is taking care of a wife with Alzheimer’s 24/7 and is in poor health himself. You are taking their health care away from them without an alternative plan in place. I am on Social Security and Medicare and you want to mess with that. If you think the protest marches are large now, just wait till the gray hairs join in. Retiring from an elementary school in a disadvantaged neighborhood, I know charter schools are not the answer. They will be left behind.
I march for an investigation into the failed Yemen raid. Will it be as vigorously investigated as Benghazi? Was Trump really eating his dinner when he authorized the raid and not in the Situation Room? An unconstitutional ban on immigration from 7 Muslim countries does not keep us safe. It is an optic of weakness and fear and has made this nation a continued target of hatred. Trump will continue to isolate himself as he did not go to Harley Davidson because he was afraid of protest. Protests will continue and he will isolate himself in his bedroom tweeting at 3 in the morning because he is a coward. My dad fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War 11. My husband was a Marine in Viet Nam and suffered from PTSD all his life. In large part, a reason for the failure of our marriage.
I march, I call, I e-mail. Most of my representatives mailboxes are full. I hope they are full because of protest but sometimes I feel they are full because our representatives simply don’t want to talk to us. We, the people, are speaking through our marches and will be speaking in the next election. Our numbers are large and growing. The marches only energize us, we see the millions that share our values but the most important reason I march is to say to the world, “America is not Donald Trump and the lock step Republican Party.”