My voice has been silent for two and a half months now.
I have had so much to say yet no words would come in any semblance of order.
I felt like my voice was being snuffed out!
It is NOT, although I am still struggling.
BUT…I will speak up.
I will utter what is important for me to say. It is vital.
The United States of America is the country I have lived in and loved for 75 years.
The divisions…the lying…the violence…the fears…the hatred…all overarch this moment we, as a country, are standing in. It is a precipice from which we may not come back. We are on the brink of losing the democratic form of government we have known for the past 226 years. Yes, there have been other moments in our history when this same democracy was on the brink of possible collapse, but it DID NOT.
IT DID NOT THEN.
I PRAY IT WILL NOT NOW!
We cannot take this moment for granted, saying, “Oh, it’ll be alright. Just relax.”
WE CANNOT RELAX! WE MUST NOT RELAX!
THREATS and FEARS cause us to be STILL and SILENT.
WE MUST NOT BE STILL.
WE MUST NOT BE SILENT.
READ THE PREAMBLE to the Constitution of the United States:
“We, the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. ”
This is NOT the description of the United States of America as I see it today. Where is the justice, domestic tranquility, general welfare, blessings of liberty? Oh, that more election candidates would run on these things rather than on slander, libel, lying, violence. We are certainly not living in a ‘perfect Union’ for ‘perfection’ just is not humanly possible, but I wish for something nearer to that ideal than what I currently see!
My voice has been silent for these months, but I do not want to remain so.
I am not the only one who is losing her/his voice…
WOMEN are losing her voices.
DARK SKINNED people are losing their voices. (Most have never really been allowed to speak wholeheartedly here in America, I am sorry to say.)
IMMIGRANTS are losing their voices too (but most have never had loud voices either).
ASIAN-AMERICANS are losing their voices.
JEWS are losing their voices…AGAIN.
LGBQT people are also losing their voices (people who have only recently had a voice yet now are finding it threatened).
VOTERS are being intimidated from expressing their voices on ballots.
ELECTION WORKERS are being intimidated and many have left their VITAL ROLES in keeping ELECTIONS SAFE.
TRUMP FOLLOWERS actually lost their voices years ago when they chose to believe his lies and no longer know what the truth is. They think they have a voice but what they have is the former President’s and his buddies’ voices and the FOX news’ voice, all of which have been telling lies for years now. TRUTH has lost its voice in some realms of our country/world.
Our voices are vital to keeping hold of a democratically-ruled country.
The 2022 Midterm Elections are next week.
Our democracy is on the ballot.
Truth is on the ballot.
Every race on your individual ballot is vital to this election. Consider each candidate seriously because who we choose down the entire ballot can make, break, upend our democratic type of government.
Let us hold onto it!
If we vote for those who continually deny the outcome of the 2020 election, then the democracy we have known for 226 years will disappear soon, I truly believe, because that is what the deniers of election outcomes are saying!
I DO NOT want to live in a country run by an AUTOCRAT, DICTATOR, AUTHORITARIAN.
I WANT DEMOCRACY, A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC!
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
PLEASE…VOTE WISELY! AND VOTE! Your country depends on you!
“Giving Voice to Values” series – Soniamelendez, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
“We the People” photo – Attribution: Printed by Dunlap & Claypoole in Philadelphia, 1787, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
“Your Vote Counts” clipart