Please feel free to skip this post if this isn't your cup of tea - Regularly scheduled programming will resume next week. I also hope that we can stay friends if you don't agree with everything that I'm going to say. Although... If you're pretty firmly in the other camp then I'm not sure we're right for each other after all.
I read this post - Thanks to Katie for pointing it out to me - and I do agree with much that Hallie says. Many of the points she makes for keeping politics OFF the blog are exactly how I feel. It's intimidating to talk about the big issues - What if I'm missing something or sound like an idiot? I like to keep it light. I think it's still important and OK to remain happy and optimistic and to continue to care about everyday life stuff like running and kids and food and books.
But it DOES feel like there is an elephant in the room to never ever mention all that is going on outside my little bubble. I have mentioned in the past that I feel this way if Jonathan and I are having a rough patch. I want to keep our relationship issues private but it feels disingenuous to never mention the larger issues that do very seriously impact our lives.
So, I just feel that I need to say something. Here we go: I am very anxious, confused, ashamed, upset, angry, and fearful regarding the current and future state of the country. I feel that many things going on right now are simply not right.
This article is also very good, but very scary, regarding the potential (or perhaps, current) failure of our fabled three-part check-and-balances democratic system. It helps me to understand why Republican members of Congress will not stand up to a president who is so obviously unhinged. Although - Bravo to Judge James Robart and to the Federal Appeals Court for upholding the ruling against Trump's immigration ban.
It's easy to point fingers and to say, "These people are evil and stupid and cowardly." But I'm trying to reframe the dialog, in my head and out loud, especially in front of the kids, to: Here are some things that people have said or done that we DO NOT believe in.
And here are some things we DO believe in: Tolerance. Respect. Equality.