An Interesting Thing

In today’s news, there is an article saying that Hillary Clinton is starting her own organization to encourage people to take political action.

That now makes three powerful people:

Hillary

Barack Obama

Bernie Sanders

 

What intriques me most is that this is so in keeping with what seems to be an awakening in the United States.

For so many years, people were sure they were not being heard; that anything they had to say made no difference at all.  The result:  we became cynical and apathetic.

Not these days!  When representatives go back to their  home States and have town halls, they get an earful.

I do wonder if Congress is paying attention.  People are stirred up; they are pushing for responsible policy making.

If Congress doesn’t take us seriously, they will find out that they made a grave error in 2018:  Voting does have consequences!

Hm, loyalty to Trump or to their constituants…now there’s a tough one!

 

I will have to check out Hillary’s site.  I already drop in on Obama.org and get emails from ourrevolution.org.

 

It’s too soon to tell how Barack and Hillary will do at listening as much as they promote candidates or specific viewpoints on issues.

Our Revolution doesn’t seem to listen all that well.  Most of their messages are solicitations so I don’t give them much time.

There are so many important issues; Trump seems to make more of them.

Right now, the matter of keeping him from doing further harm is my priority.  He isn’t just a bull in a china shop; he is more like a baboon in an operating room.

 

Trump Doesn’t Like People

He continues to prove that by what he says and does:

*He is cracking down on immigrants, even when they are contributing to the well being of our nation.

*He wants to shut down the government in order to push through funding on his “wall” – a move that will mean that millions of Americans will go without their monthly incomes.

 

*He is willing to repeal the Affordable Care Act without something at least as good to replace it.

*He is spending tax money to have expensive weekends at Mar A Lago, while he strives to shut down programs that help homeless and low income Americans.

*He wants to do away with such organizations as NPR, the National Endowment for the Arts and museums…

 

*Hee wants to do away with anything that has to do with protecting the environment.

*He calls us stupid, silly,…

 

On the list goes.

 

How did we ever end up with such a self absorbed, simple minded man for President???

Don’t Be Afraid

As I sit drinking my coffee and perusing the Internet, this thought comes to me:

“Don’t be afraid.”
The news is filled with chaos, anger, foreboding and all sorts of rip offs.  If we take all of this too seriously, we’ll be severely depressed.
But there’s a truth for us that keeps us from fear:
What each believes and the choices we make are squarely in our hands; no one else’s.

I don’t need to be afraid because I know who God is and who I am.  I know my boundaries and limits.  I will choose how I think, feel and act; no one can make me do otherwise…unless, of course, I choose to give them the power.

I admit that I write this as an American, sitting comfortably in the United States.  There are no soldiers outside my door who insist that I look and act a certain way.

These days, there are challenges arising here:  Will I turn in an illegal immigrant or support that person?  Will I join in the hateful speech and actions of many or risk alienation because I choose to honor all?

Dear fellow patriots:
For those of you who face grave consequences as you choose to be true to God and yourself, I am praying for you.  Stand tall; don’t be afraid.
To all who are more like me:  The risks are less threatening; the choices more subtle, I pray for you as well.  Take a stand for goodness and all that is right; don’t be afraid.

When you are tempted to say that somebody is making you think or act in a particular way, remember the heroes around the world who refused to acquiesce, even if it meant giving their lives.  The power is yours; stand firm, don’t be afraid.

If enough of us stand for what is right, refusing to give in to corruption and chaos, peace and joy will reign.
Let’s join together as one loud, clear voice:  Speak truth and act with the welfare of all around us in mind.  As an army of peace, we have strength and power that cannot be stolen or quenched.  Together, we will not be afraid!

Patriots All

When  I registered to vote, I chose “nonaffiliated” as my party association.  The main reason for doing this is that I often see bits of the truth “on both sides of the aisle.”

I am discovering a couple of other reasons as well:
*I am an American first.  When it comes to the welfare of the nation, I want all people to prosper, from the most wealthy to the poorest; conservatives, centrists, progressives and those of us who don’t seem to fit any category.  Oh that the powers that be in Washington D.C. would hold to this value!  Perhaps they would stop bickering, manipulating and posturing so that they could get some real work done!!!

*In times as chaotic as these, I need to be true to myself.  I find that I am less willing to jump on a particular bandwagon or pick up the latest catch phrase, just because it is being promoted.  Integrity is a quality that strengthens and heals all around me.

So, who are you?  Regardless of your nationality, partisanship, specific bents or position in life, you are a person and a patriot – A fellow citizen in the land where you live.

Why does this matter?  Each of us needs the other.  I need you to step up to the plate and do your part in seeing to the welfare and safety of my country; you need me to do the same.  When we all stand and work together, we get something wonderful.

A very wise piece of advice I heard recently is that we are most effective when we join in building our local community.  I like this:  One of the biggest causes of apathy is the sense that we have no say.  On the national level, there is some truth to this; on the local level, however, we have lots of power.
Fellow patriots, I challenge you to join in building a great nation, one community at a time:  Recognize and honor your leaders; ask questions, make suggestions; voice concerns.  Most of all, roll up your sleeves and help out.  That is how we build a strong, prosperous land for all.

Thank you.

Revolution, Resistance, Reasonability

 

There are changes coming that are completely contrary to all that we hold dear.  They are hurtful, prejudiced, based in fear and judgement.

 

Many groups are calling for resistance and even revolution.

 

While my own ability to join in might be limited, I tend to agree with that call.

 

What I and everybody else can do is to insist on reasonability.  We can contact senators and representatives to support them when they take a stand, offer ideas and challenge them when we disagree.

 

We can join marches, refuse to go along when our faith and/or consciences are involve, offer shelter to vulnerable people and support services that are being defundedd.

 

We need each other right now.  we won’t be able to face the oncoming onslaught alone.

Here are some organizations to check out:

http://obama.org

 

http://ourrevolution.com

 

http://sojo.com

 

If you know of others, please list them in the comments section.  Let’s get resources out there for people.

Thank you.

A Letter to Citizens

Dear People:

Dear common folk, who get up, go to work or school; who take care of the home and family:

Know that you matter today.  Understand that your actions are important.

We need you.

We need you to join wth us, speak up, stand for what is right.

Vulnerable people need you to stand with them, proecting, support, advocating…

 

I called this blog “Patriotsvoiceblog” because of a statement by Barack Obama, that we are all patriots.  I could have called it citizensvoice, but you get my point:  Each person builds a nation.

 

Stand up;

Take courage;

Be heard today.

 

With honor,

Lifehelps

Leadership

I have been thinking about my own question, “What does leadership mean to you?”

At the top of my list is integrity.  I don’t care whether we agree on all topics; I do want truth and honesty; otherwise, I will not be able to trust that leader.
Next, I want someone who brings out the best in people; who strengthens and builds up the nation.
A lady or gentleman makes points with me:  Someone who honors and respects others.
Someone who cares enough to know what really matters to the people and works for the welfare of his or her nation is on my list as well:  It’s a little hard to lead well without this.

What is on your list?

This may seem frivolous, but I believe that we need to lay hold of these priorities if we are to choose our leaders well.