I am proud to say that I took part in the Women’s March on Washington. I felt compelled to be a part of what I hoped would be, and did become, a massive peaceful protest of the incoming Trump Administration. After watching the epitome of all that is wrong with America defy expectations to win the electoral college and, thus, the presidency, I was horrified.
With the rise of the Tea Party, we saw the Republican Party openly flirt with the lunatic fringe. The inmates are now running the asylum. We are witnessing daily, almost hourly, the systematic dismembering of fundamental principles upon which our nation was founded. In his first days in office, the Trump Administration has issued horrifying executive actions. It seems that these actions are being taken with very little, if any, input from the various governmental departments which will be affected by and in charge of implementing them. We have a president who seems to be more interested in inflating the size of the crowd at his inauguration than sitting down and listening to anyone with wisdom and knowledge about the myriad of serious issues which face our country.
After returning from the march, I was dumbfounded by the criticism that I heard, mainly from other women, about the march and its purpose. I read comments such as, “What rights do these women think they don’t have now?” Or, “they need to get over it and stop being sore losers.” There were calls to “stop whining.” Sadly — but not surprising — were the attacks on the personal appearance of marchers. Clearly, a woman’s physical appearance is paramount in the eyes of misogynists (who can be male or female, by the way) and is an easy target to attempt to discredit and shame us. I’d had enough, and so, I decided to write a letter to President Trump. I wanted to explain exactly why I marched and give a first-hand account of my experience there. I hope that you will take a few minutes to read it.
The role of Americans has never been more vital. After reading Louis Elrod’s post about his experience at the peaceful protest held on Sunday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, it looks as though the commonalities between it and the Women’s March are a sense of community, kindness and peacefulness. I sincerely hope that this continues to be the case with future protests. The President and his cronies would love nothing more than to see violence erupt at a protest to use in order to further his agenda and discredit the resistance movement. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so prophetically stated, “means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”