I sent this to Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Bernie Sanders:
Recently, I received an e-mail requesting urgently needed action, writing my Senators in support of ACA. i will have to confess my reaction was threefold in a very short period of time. I felt complacency, followed a mean spirited crassness, and finally my own personal epiphany for change.
Complacency…I am so fortunate to live and vote in Vermont. I don’t have to contact my Senators urging them to do the right thing. I know that you will (and thank-you, by the way).
Grateful as I am to be a Vermonter, I am also fortunate enough to be able to slip away when the days start to shorten and the air starts to chill. I come to my Florida home and politicians here can irritate that mean spirited seed. Oh, Florida has the highest rate of people signed up for ACA. We can’t pull the rug out from under our constituents! What to do? Frankly, I thought about writing just to urge you to give them what they wanted so badly. Let the people who voted against their own interests understand the consequences. Crassness…I know that is not right and I know you would not take that low road.
My personal epiphany for change…This is not the time for complacency. My vote did not count just as the votes of the majority of those who voted in the presidential election did not count. Our voices need to be heard. This is not the time for mean spirited retribution. The underbelly of racism, inequality, hatred, and willful ignorance has been exposed. If nothing else is good about that, at least it is in the open. We cannot address what we cannot see. And address it we must, as individuals, as families, as communities, and as a nation.
The moral high ground has not been seized. At their most elemental, most if not all the world’s religions teach some basic principle very similar to “do unto others as you would have done unto you.” When that is the belief that leads our country, then it is that we will be great.
If you missed Meryl Streep’s emotional speech from the Golden Globes last night, it is well worth checking out here.
Resistance must not be futile. The good fight must move forward in dignity and grace.