Who are you to question the President? texts my brother.
I am me, I reply. I am someone who cares about animals and the environment, women and the other people not white moneyed males in power. I am someone who believes in right and wrong and can see clearly moral injustice and power abuse when I see it.
You should pray for him, not criticize him, my brother replies.
The next text I got was for an offer to purchase a Trumpy Bear.
Needless to say, I had to block him from contacting me…once again.
Who is anyone to criticize the President and his colleagues? I have plenty of devout Christian friends / family members, who point to places in the Bible, where obeying someone in power is supported.
I’m not a devout Christian (despite my charismatic Christian mother and my interminably proselytizing brother), but I know there are passages in the Bible where it speaks to taking care of the lesser and the poor, the animals, the land, and the sick.
And that is where I am coming from. Perhaps that resonates with the integrity of who you yourself are – and if it does, you’re in good company.
I know plenty of otherwise intelligent, morally conscious, hard-working, decent and law abiding citizens giving blind authority to the “Commander in Chief.” I also know, as do many of you, likely, plenty of moderate Republicans who want to give Senator Gardner one last chance to show up in the Town Halls, speak out and show us what he’s made of.
Denial is a powerful psychological and emotional phenomenon, indeed. Silence among us beleaguered, morally conscious Democrats is an act of complicity with the present power abuse. I understand the silence well – I have plenty of otherwise empowered, intelligent, resourced friends who are giving up on speaking out, attending protests, writing LTEs, calling their senators, or donating to human rights, environmental or animal welfare groups.
We are all tired. I am with you.
And, as one of my favorite writers Mark Nepo writes of those in relationships, sometimes you have to take turns at diving below the deep to retrieve the pearls, while the other holds the rope from above the surface.
I’ve spent my fair share of time diving below the surface, and plenty holding the rope. I admire the fierce tenacity, determination and staying power of the clusters of protests, Facebook groups like Indivisible Front Range Resistance, The Other 98%, Hold Gardner Accountable, to mention a few. You have all been steadfastly devoted to staying informed and speaking out when the rest of us were tired.
And here we are, in the year 2020. Election Year. We are at Day One of McConnell announcing he will not be listening to any witnesses, looking at any evidence or putting on what resembles the most basic of fair trials. A citizen in traffic court has more process available to her than the Democrats are being afforded in this impeachment process.
Did we know this was going to happen? We sure did. Did we know Senator Gardner would show himself to be the torch carrying, cowardice tribal member he has been showing himself to be these past three years? We sure did. Did we know McConnell was going to deny witnesses and evidence to avoid the truth of the President’s illegal, unconstitutional, morally offensive and egregiously repugnant acts to go unaddressed, so he could remain in office until November 2020? We sure did.
Every single one of us falling silent, failing to call Senator Cory Gardner (I’ve called him daily since last week, again), espousing blind loyalty to the Criminal in Chief, is falling into line with the Republican Agenda of holding onto their power with a white-knuckle death grip until November 2020. I may be one of them tomorrow when my heart grows weary, my mind dispirited and my emotions tempered. But today, just for today, I want to say to all of us,
In justice we should trust. Or at least call, write or protest on behalf of it.
Namaste, and thank you for listening.