The salvation of the state is the watchfulness of the citizens

“THE SALVATION OF THE STATE IS THE WATCHFULNESS OF THE CITIZENS” – a quote from Alexander Hartley Burron on the edifice of the Nebraska State Capitol building.

I walked because in the richest nation on earth no one should have to go without the health care they need.
I walked because I don’t want our Grandson or anyone’s grandsons, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, parents have to fight a war that was started by a President that listens only to a chosen few who have no expertise at the same time refusing to listen to those who do.
I walk because I want a President that obeys the Constitution.  One example: divest himself of his financial interest.
I walk because I want a President that believes in the rule of law.
I walked because I don’t want parents to have the difficult task of convincing their children that they should not bully, disparage, or call people names when the President of our nation has and continues to do so.
I walked because I want a president that does not rain disrespect and retribution on those who do not agree with him.
I walked because I want a President who is respectful of our neighboring countries, friends and allies.
I walked because I want a government that is respectful and accepting of all people no matter their skin color or their religion.
I walked because I want a government that understands that global warming is in fact true and the results will be catastrophic for our children and grandchildren.
I walked because money is not speech and corporations are not people.
I walked because I do not want a Governor using his independent wealth to politicize the Unicameral and get elected only people that are beholden to him.
I walked because the Unicameral is being pushed to becoming a partisan body instead of a body that works together for the good of all Nebraskans.
I walked because I want a government, both state and national, that works for the good of its citizens not the wealthy and corporations.
I walked because I want a government that protects the citizens, not corporations, and works to do for the people what they can not do for themselves.
I walked because I want a government that wants its citizens to have clean air, clean water, safe food, safe transportation, etc.
I walked because privatization is not the answer to our schools, our road system, our postal system, etc.
I walked because a woman should have the right to make her own decisions concerning her body.
I walked for my husband and all those others who could not make the march but would have been there if it had not been for their circumstances.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” – Edmon Burke

I marched to disapprove Mr. Trump

My wife and I marched in Loup City, Nebraska, because we do not trust Mr. Trump when it comes to protecting women’s rights, immigrants’ rights, indeed any of the rights American citizens currently enjoy.

I consider Mr. Trump a dangerous demagogue who cares only about his own good fortune. His administration’s eerie contempt for the truth, in even the most trivial of matters, has destroyed whatever credibility they ever had, as far as I’m concerned.

I have marched in support of candidates before–but this is the first time I felt compelled to march in disapproval of a political figure. I have seen nothing to indicate that either Mr. Trump or his advisors will get their act together.

My concerns for the rights of my fellow Americans

I marched because I wanted to hold a candle to the many issues clouding our American government.  I marched because I came of age in the presidency of Barack Obama, who taught me about hope, optimism, grace, and democracy.  I marched because of Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose unapologetic intelligence, toughness, and perseverance has inspired me since I was a high schooler in a small town where no one cared about politics.  I marched because I’m grateful for the rights I do have as an American citizen–and how I’ve never felt as patriotic as I felt on my first Election Day morning, casting my first vote for president for a woman (and knowing how much that moment would mean to my mother, my grandmother, and my 105-year-old great-grandmother).  I marched because all of the people above have inspired me to attend law school in the future and I wanted to view this nation’s democracy at work.  I marched because I’m worried for the future of our world.  I marched for myself and my rights as a woman, but my concerns about my own rights are heavily outweighed by my concerns for the rights of my fellow Americans.  I marched for every woman I know, women and people of color (because BLACK LIVES MATTER!!!!), for trans women whose existence is ignored far too often by feminists and others alike, for immigrants whose existence alone is a positive contribution to the framework of this nation, for Muslims who shouldn’t have to live in fear, for everyone I know who is LGBTQ+ (because LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE), for the water protectors and to say NO to DAPL, for our planet because science is real, for the rights of people with disabilities, for an end to systemic gun violence, mass incarcerations and police brutality, to save our nation’s healthcare, for a free press, for the refugees who just need a hand, and for everyone who makes up this already great nation, even those who believe a Women’s March and protesting are unnecessary.  I marched because I may be young now, but someday I’ll have grandchildren.  I marched because someday they will ask me how I could have let such backwards, hateful rhetoric happen.  I marched because I want to be able to say to them with my whole heart and without misgivings, “I didn’t.”

Stand up for justice and truth

I asked myself and others “why march?” many times before actually deciding to do it. After the election I was shocked, upset, disconnected, angry, sad and just generally overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed. A march sounded good. But I wasn’t sure it would address the responsibility I felt to my children, my family, my community and my country to address the consequences of the presidential election. I wanted to stand up for justice and truth – but I wasn’t sure if a march would make a lasting difference. Marching might make me feel better, but would my energy and effort be better spent elsewhere? Ultimately I decided to march. I marched because I believe it is important to treat all people with respect. I believe in the Constitution and the freedoms that come with it. I care about people with disabilities. I marched for the many women in our country who know first-hand about sexual assault and sexual harassment, and specifically for those women who bravely told their truths during the election for the entire world to hear and then watched as their country elected him anyway. I marched because I believe immigrants and refugees have made and will continue to make our country strong. I marched because I want my elected officials to know that I value equal rights for ALL. I marched because I am worried about how the policies of the new administration will impact healthcare, the rights of the LGBT community, women, immigrants, the environment and education. I marched because I’m scared and because I care deeply. Now more than ever I want to be an active and engaged citizen. For me that means marching, writing my elected officials, praying, thinking, reading, and staying engaged. I commit to all that. And I will never again think twice again about marching. It was one of the more positive, cathartic, and energizing things I have done.