The Women’s March in Chicago. I’m in.
It was kind of a last minute decision. I’m not much of one for political commentary or activism, especially compared to others on social media. I generally tend to remain silent on the subject. Stay out of the fray. (It’s no secret a large part of why I’m active on social media at all is to sell books – why would I want to alienate any potential readers by espousing a contrary political view? )
There’s danger in that line of thinking. Silence is the danger.
Silence in the face of evil is evil itself: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I’ve been silent on the subject of politics for most of my social media life. Silent with co-workers, silent at parties. I didn’t campaign for Hillary. I didn’t even donate money. Perhaps I now have the president I deserve.
I’m not even that liberal anymore, not like back in the day. In fact, in the November election I voted for a lot of Republicans. I know!
But I could not vote for Donald Trump.
To remain silent means being complicit with everything this man stands for, his character and his actions. The Women’s March, to my understanding, is not necessarily anti-Trump. It’s anti-Silence.
And so I will no longer be silent on the subject of Donald Trump the 45th President. I will speak. I will act. I will stand with others to hold him accountable. Because to not do so would mean I was as complicit with his misogynistic, racist views and lies as someone who did vote for him.
And I do not want to be considered guilty of that.
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