Some people have asked me why I resist Donald Trump.
There are many reasons. Perhaps the two most important ones are these:
I resist so my adult daughter can enjoy the same freedoms women have for the past 45 years and not have to go back to a time when they did not. Even if you don’t believe in abortion (which is perfectly fine), it’s not the government’s job to decide what a woman can and cannot do with her body. That’s up to her and her doctor (and perhaps her husband and/or church should have a say IF she’s conservative). I also worry about governmental attempts to restrict access to birth control and contaception education (both which prevent abortion).
I resist so my gay son can love who he chooses and not be persecuted or discriminated against for that.
But there are other reasons why I resist too:
I resist so future generations (including my descendants, if there are any) can enjoy a safe environment and clean air and water.
I resist so we don’t lose our right to speak our mind and feelings freely without fear of censorship or punishment.
I resist so migrant children and babies aren’t separated from their mothers and fathers and put into cages and abused both physically and emotionally.
I resist because I believe healthcare is a right and not a privilege.
I resist because I hate racism, sexism and any other form of making others “less” for things they have no control over.
I resist because I hate the culture of cruelty and exclusion this administration is encouraging and enabling.
I resist because I don’t believe criminals, sociopaths, malignant narcissists, abusers, hypocrites, greedy Ayn Rand worshipping assholes, white supremacists, religious extremists, and Russian traitors should be running our government.
I resist because I think science is important and takes precedence over religion in matters that affect Americans’ health and wellbeing.
I resist because every working American deserves fair treatment and a wage they can actually live on.
I resist because religion and government should never be merged. Every time in history and in every country religion and government become intertwined, it always leads to violence, fear and hate, terrible suffering, and war. You are free to be as religious as you want to be, and you are free to share your beliefs with others, but you are not free to impose your religious beliefs on others who disagree with you.
I resist because I hate fascism, authoritarianism, and extremism of any kind. Donald Trump checks every box for fascist/authoritarian traits.
I resist because I believe empathy and kindness are important in our leaders, and Donald Trump and his regime have shown absolutely no empathy or kindness.
I resist because I believe a good leader attempts to bring people together, not divide them and tear them apart.
I resist because a good leader cares about ALL Americans, not just their own base (actually, Trump doesn’t even care about them, they are just useful to him. Being the malignant narcissist he is, all he cares about is himself).
I resist because bullying and good leadership do not go together. Ever.
I resist because I believe humility and the ability to admit when you’ve made a mistake is important in our leaders, and Donald Trump and his regime have shown no ability to ever own or take responsibility for their mistakes, or for their cruel and deliberate actions.
I resist because I believe the vulnerable (poor, elderly, children, women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, disabled, sick, etc.) should be cared for and listened to, not silenced, demonized, and treated like lesser beings.
I resist because I believe every child has the right to a free quality public education. If you don’t like public schools, you are free to send your child to a private or religious one (or homeschool your child, though personally I think there should be certain standards for that), but you are not free to restrict other people’s children from being able to access an education.
I resist because I believe the wealthy and corporations should pay higher taxes for the greater good. In every moral and civilized society, that is the way things work, and that is the way things used to work here too. Greed and the lust for power has destroyed all that.
I resist because I believe the Second Amendment must be tempered with good old fashioned common sense, and that means background checks and age restrictions on gun ownership. We are not living in the Wild West.
I resist because the President is not immune to the rule of law, and our system of checks and balances should be functional, not complicit and enabling of his unethical and extremist behavior.
I resist because a free press is vital to democracy, and Trump is trying his damndest to demonize any press that is critical of him, while glorifying “news” outlets that do nothing but lie and spread pro-Trump propaganda
I resist because I don’t like the values Trumpism promotes: wealth and power reign supreme, “might makes right,” toxic masculinity, nationalism and white supremacy, disdain for empathy and other “feminine virtues” as weakness, etc.
I resist because I used to feel safe in my country, but no longer do.
I resist because we are stronger and safer when we work with our allies, not against them.
I resist because I believe in democracy, not fascism.
I resist because I believe in truth, not lies.
I resist because Donald Trump is a terrible example for our children.
I resist because I believe in America, not One Party Rule or a “Cult of Personality.”
I resist because I believe that’s what the real Jesus would do.