Tuesday, January 24, 2017

When they go low, we go high

I’ve had a challenging few months.  My writing has taken a back seat to some major changes in my life. I haven’t had time to do much of anything except be moved along by the momentum. But now, finally, my world has transitioned from some crazy,  nausea producing roller coaster to a slightly more comfortable marginally seasick kind of reality.  But I can work with that and I’m committed to getting back to what I love doing.  
However, before I start writing  and settle back into my happy little imaginary world, there’s something on the reality front lines that I need to just say. 
Yeah.  I’m as sick of all this political stuff as you are so lets get it over with.   I’ll just lay it on the line.   I didn’t vote for Trump.  I truly wasn’t crazy about voting for Hillary, but I would have voted for a dead mouse on a stick before voting for Trump.  It has nothing to do with politics  It has everything to do with the person.  I have always had a respect for the presidency, even when the politics were not aligned with my beliefs, and I’ve never voted for a party, I’ve always voted for the person I felt was best for the job.  I could go into all of my personal reasons like; I think Trump is a liar and a master manipulator, that he is a danger to the United States, women's rights (reproductive and otherwise),  the LGBT community, people with pre-existing health conditions, our worldwide allies, the economy and the planet itself (just to name a few) but I won’t.   Its all been said and done by so many others.
What I will say is this. I am quite sure Meliana and her son Barron didn’t sign on for this.  When I look at Meliana, I don’t see a happy woman with a loving husband.  And Barron? Well he’s just a kid. He has nothing at all to do with this.  I hold no malice towards them and I think that people who are bashing them are proving themselves to be no less a bully than Trump.  
I haven’t heard enough from Meliana to know what, if anything she will have to offer as First Lady, but she deserves the chance to  make her mark. I did read somewhere that she wants to fight cyber bullying! That’s kind of like turning the screws to the hubby- especially given he has such a nasty Twitter finger...  I’d like to be a fly on the wall when she tells Trump to put down his weapon! She just may be a lot smarter than people are giving her credit for.
And yes, I’m well aware she posed naked. So what?  It was like 1995.  Pre-internet.  Is she still doing it?  Maybe it isn’t something she’s proud of now, or, maybe it is (and quite frankly, if I looked like her, instead of having a sorry resemblance to Fred Flintstone in drag, maybe I would have done the same thing!)  Didn’t we all do things years ago that we wouldn’t do now?  That we might regret?  That we grew out of?  C’mon folks. No one ever streaked the capital, or threw up out of their nose, or  got caught having high school sex in the backseat of a Volkswagen?  (yes, it can be done, but watch the shifter knob...)  Give her the benefit of the doubt.  She seems like a very dedicated mom, and probably isn’t a bad person.   
And Barron?  He should be off limits. He’s ten for crying out loud.  Leave him be.  Unfortunately the children of presidents have always been targets  The Obama's girls were, 
and I remember terrible things being said about Chelsea Clinton.  It’s not the right thing to do. It wasn’t right then, and it isn’t right now.  So don’t do it! It doesn’t get simpler than that.
So, if you are angry that Trump is the president, please stick with the issues. Because it weakens us all to be plain old mean.    
Be bigger and better.  Always.  I’ve never wanted that type of behavior to define me and on the occasions I have not been the better person, I have never once felt like I did the right thing.  
That doesn’t mean don’t fight for whats right, just do it well. Be angry. With class.  
Back to Michelle Obama.  
She is an amazing and intelligent woman. Her words... 

 “When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high."

Don’t become what you despise.

Ok.  I’m off my soapbox!