Why We Protest

I was in New York last week for a wedding and took the time to visit the Statue of Liberty  and Ellis Island for the first time. At the base of the Statue reads a quote, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Unless we find out that the election really was rigged by Russian hackers or Wikileaks,  we will all be using the words, “President Trump” for the next four years. Let me make one thing clear, most of the protesters know this. We know that the election will not be overturned but WE WILL show the world that not all Americans agree with it!

We protest because the next president of the United States WILL NOT be a bragadier of sexual assault. That IS NOT OK. That IS NOT acceptable!

We protest because making fun of people with disabilities IS NOT OK!

We protest because we stand up for the 11 million parents, kids, brothers, cousins, and friends who are within the boundaries of this country “illegally” who are working three jobs to put their kids through school just like everybody else. They WILL NOT be rounded up and deported and separated from their families. They deserve a path to citizenship because they work hard and play by the rules. Americans should believe in bridges not walls.

We protest for the more than 3 million Muslims living in this country peacefully and the millions more who are trying to flee for their lives from the war-torn region in which they live. Any time throughout history a single religion has been singed out … well, lets just say it never ends well.

We protest because climate change is real, it is happening, and WE NEED to rise to the challenge. If we don’t the consequences are nothing less than the destruction of civilization as we know it. No, that is not an exaggeration.

We protest because we WILL NOT stand for all the many other blatant racist, sexist, illegal and backwards things this person named Donald Trump has said and DONE.

We protest the lies that were told.

We protest because we believe America ALREADY IS great!

And above all, When we put all these things together, we protest because we are unbearably sad that the United States of America is no longer that Beacon on the Hill. That shining light of hope for a better world and more perfect union. We protest because the gears of democracy are failing us.

Now we protest. For the next four years we will protest. We will protest in every way we can. We are and will continue to be and grow in all the undercurrents of society. We protest on every level until it bubbles up and busts out the top of a mountain of truth, clarity, and justice.

2 thoughts on “Why We Protest”

  1. Matt this is so NEGATIVE! I spent 5 years in the Vietnam / Watergate era and no one wants to live through that again. I was actually in the military and was totally against the establishment.
    It was painful.
    But let’s do something different this time.
    Let’s all do something POSITIVE!
    Get involved in voter registration.
    How about low income housing for the poor and elderly.
    How about helping fix the Veteran’s Administration.
    Run for Public Office

    There are so many worthy things that can be done for this country.
    Pick one and I will help you – we need LEADERS not PROTESTORS.
    Make Love, Not War!!!!!!!

    1. John,
      First, Thank You. Thank You for your service and thank you for your comments above.
      My post is not negative at all. I did not tell people to tear anything down. What I am saying is that there are some major moral deficiencies with the soon to be ‘leader of the free world’.

      I also did not tell people how to protest. From my point of view, all those ways to get involved you mentioned, are forms of active protest. I agree, we need leaders. Leaders are protesters. My way of life is a protest as I am a Project Coordinator for an environmentally based organization. I have also been involved in voter registration and encourage others to do the same. I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity (housing for the poor). I have also worked with the elderly in a pre-hospice home.

      Protests in the streets are one of the great things we have in our democracy. It allows citizens to air their grievances. I agree with you that hopefully, within those communities, those ideas are not just left on the streets, but brought back to everyday life and lived.

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