Don't most events in our lives happen by chance? I hope to share with you the chance observations and experiences of my travels. And I offer a chance for you to comment as well. Add to that my fond affection for my late cat, Chance, who was afflicted with feline leukemia and died of cancer, and you will see why "chance" has a special meaning in my life. By chance, the adventure continues and can be shared...
Maybe the groundhog was correct. Maybe there will be six more weeks of winter. I wasn't sure after the temps were in the 60s on Wednesday. But Mother Nature finally gave us a bit of snow. Here are a few shots from around the yard...
So, is Steve Bannon the man you want running the country?
Seems like that basically is what is happening. He's been named to the National Security Council while, at the same time, the director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were demoted. They can attend when invited. Steve Bannon, meanwhile, will always be there. In case you're not familiar with this man, he was the executive director of Breitbart.com, the white nationalist, alt-right "news" outlet. I use the term "news" extremely loosely. Here's the handsome guy who is constantly whispering in Trump's ear. And Trump himself is someone totally not ready for borough council, much less the presidency of the United States. Trump lives in a world of his own making, disregarding reality at all costs. I guess it's easy when you're a narcissist.
He doesn't seem to realize that he's no longer on "The Apprentice." Now HE is the employee and we are the employer. Yes, you can be "fired," Trump, through something called impeachment. So far you have managed to to drop to the lowest approval rating the most quickly in the world of presidents, so that won't look too good on your 90-day employment review
If you're not worried about Bannon running the country, you should be. Reporter Ronald Radosh of the Daily Beast had a long talk with him just a few years ago about his politics. "I'm a Leninist," Bannon told him. "Lenin wanted to destroy the state and that's my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today's establishment." With everything that has been occurring in Trump's very short reign, I'd say Bannon is well on his way to getting what he wants. He has a dope in the White House who is surrounded by those who, for some reason, will defend him to the end.
I wonder how they find it so easy to lie so blatantly to the pubic. I wonder how they come up with those "alternative facts." I wonder why they sold their souls and how they can sleep at night.
Trump and company degrade everyone they can. They ignore the protests around them. They call those in the media the scum of the earth. They say the media is the enemy and anyone in that profession should not question Trump -- they should just shut up.
They see no reason to uphold the First Amendment -- or the Constitution, for that matter.
Perhaps you're OK with all of this. Perhaps you aren't paying attention. But if you care, don't be silent. Call your senators and representatives. Write them. Email them. Press them to hold actual town hall meetings.
Unfortunately you can't call the White House comment line because the Trump administration has disabled it. But in case it becomes active again, here it is: 202-456-1414.
Donate to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Join the League of Women Voters (yes, men can join). Take part in a protest.
It's hard. Sometimes you feel like you're screaming into the void. But I'm not giving up. I won't be silent.
Knowing that I could not make it to the Women's March in Washington, D.C., and realizing that even the Philadelphia March was going to be out of reach, I started looking for a closer place to join.
I was a bit disappointed to see that Montgomery County apparently was not hosting a march, but was delighted to find that one was being organized in Doylestown, Bucks County. I have to applaud those who pulled this together when they started to question why none was taking place in the county seat.
Apparently they were hoping to get a few hundred people out, but at last count about 1,500 participated. It was impressive to see the men, women and children marching side by side. It was a gray, cold day, but no one's spirits were dampened. And I was so happy to be able to make that Bucks County march with my daughter!!
We made signs to carry...
And I found pink pussycat hats in a great Etsy shop... Thanks, KnotsnMore for awesome hats and quick shipping!!
And then it was off to Doylestown on Saturday to join the march. I have to say, there were all ages represented, the gathering and march seemed to go off without a hitch and everyone was respectful. The mayor and police were so helpful in making sure the march was safe and peaceful. After all, our message is not one of hate. We are not of the same ilk as those who have taken the reins of America. No, we were there to speak out, make our voices heard and show solidarity with the other marches being held throughout the U.S. -- and the world -- on Saturday. This, of course, is just the beginning. It was a starting place to get the juices flowing for all the work ahead. Now we must ALL continue to contact our representatives and senators with our multiple concerns. We must press for them to hold town halls to hear our voices first-hand. We must get involved on a local level and seek out ways that we can best lend a hand. We must push for a change at mid-term elections. And we must NEVER allow this type of person to be elected president again.
Here are some photos from the march.
If you could not attend an event on Saturday, it does not matter. The work in the trenches begins NOW.
You can make a difference. We all can make a difference. We must not allow indifference to defeat us.