Let’s show unity, respect for all
While my sisters, and brothers, march and shout, stand-up and sit-in for the Women’s March at the Lihue Crossroads by the airport today, I choose to write-in in solidarity with all those who are disheartened, disgusted, demoralized or d@#$%& well mad about the current state of our country’s leadership.
I write-in because I’m sick and tired.
Sick and tired of the incivility and indecency of our national public officials, their inability to take responsibility and to solve problems.
Sick of the expressions, and intentions, of racism, bigotry, misogyny, divisiveness, injustice, and greed. And I’m sick of the incompetence, the fear-mongering, the lobbying, (just say no to Citizen’s United), the gerrymandering,
Tired of the egos, the lying, the secrecy, the scapegoating, the deceptions, the disrespect, the posturing, the smoke-screening, and the corruption.
We are so much better than this, people.
And we need to speak up for what we value.
And so I write-in.
I write-in for love:
The love of truth. The love of fairness and justice. The love of diversity. The love of kindness. The love of equality. The love of peace. And the love of helping my neighbors and our world.
I write-in for integrity.
Integrity of speech and actions. Integrity in the personal lives and dealings of elected officials. Integrity in the service of public figures and public agencies. Integrity in the professional dealings of corporations.
I write-in for fairness.
Fairness in voting, veterans services, in land use, in citizenship, in taxation. Fairness in policy and procedure and practice.
I write-in for compassion.
Compassion for the poor, the powerless, the sick, the lost, the abused, terrorized, the hungry.
I write-in for respect:
The respect of the planet, the sea, the land, the air, the living things, the parks, the limited natural resources. I write-in for the respect of humanity, in all its diverse forms, and around the world. I write-in for respect of women, of girls, of mothers and grandmothers.
I write-in for respect of cooperation instead of control, for sustainability instead of growth, generosity instead of greed, for freedom of the press instead of silencing the truth, for freedom of religion instead of tyranny by religion.
This is not just about the current president and his own disrespect of women.
It is about the money, and the systems and influences and propaganda that created this presidency and allows the vices and injustices that he represents and promotes to pass into laws of the land.
Where the men in congress are failing the American people,
We the people need to take appropriate action.
We need to cause a remedy, to use out best weapons in this fight.
Our voices and our votes.
Carolyn Larsen, Lihue