speak your mind, even if your voice shakes

I don't want there to be any doubt, years from now, about where we stand. 
I am not undecided. I did not vote for Trump in 2016 and I will not vote for him this year.
I may not be capable of dissuading other voters from supporting the incumbent, but I do not want my boys, or their children, to someday wonder about any of this. 

A vote for the incumbent is a vote for racism, for misogyny, for reckless disregard for human life. It is a vote against science, and our planet. It’s a vote against art and culture and education. It’s a vote against children and families. It’s a vote against the elderly, the poor, the ill. It’s a vote against democracy. It’s a vote for chaos and disorder. 

There is no such thing as voting for a single issue in this election. If you cast your vote for the current administration because you are fiscally conservative, or because you oppose abortion, or because you want to preserve your right to bear arms, you are voting for all the rest of it, too.

Voting is a sacred responsibility once or twice a year.
Treating humans well is a sacred responsibility every single day.
We need to elect leaders who will move the dial toward equality and inclusion, who are attuned to the voices of experts who understand the profound need for progressive policies, who will do the least harm and the greatest good. 


rht said...

Donald Trump apparently wants us to believe that American democracy doesn't work anymore. I hope and pray that he is wrong about that. Hank's shirt says it all: We are better than this!

Kate said...

Amen, sister.

Marlene said...

Double Amen friend!!! All that you wrote is eloquently done. I feel exactly the same way but could never have said it as well as you. God Bless You!
Marlene H.

Poppy John said...

I call you Jenni "BABY"...
But, I guess somewhere along the line you have grown up (?)

I love you, Jenni Baby.

Smitty 1, 2 , 3 and 4 said...

Proud of you for using your voice.

Linda K. said...

All that I feel and said so much more eloquently than I ever could.