Hi Tammy, NEXT: DIVA'S RESPONSE TO HELEN'S LETTER
I am a hard working, American woman who has raised 4 children to successful adulthood. Fortunately, 4 compassionate adults who have chosen to be concerned, voting Democrats! (Oh yes, I'm proud of this, because they were all given a choice to choose their own way.)
I own and run my own businesses and have for years. While I have never been an activist, I have voted in every election since I was 18 and written countless letters to my representatives to voice my concerns. I have always been a liberal, if liberal means someone who truly cares about the rights and needs of the rest of humanity that I gratefully share this small planet with. While I have never felt the hopelessness of not having enough to feed my family, or to afford basic comforts, or to fear for my life or the lives of my family just because of who I am, or what I am, or for my spiritual beliefs, I will never turn my back on those who live day to day in that black shadow, just so I have a dime more to line my pockets.
I will never turn my back on the environment and leave a legacy of despair, where my grandchildren and their children suffer with new forms of cancer and lung disease, and never witness the beauty of a forest full of old growth trees that give us our fragile breath, or the deep blue sparkle of crystal clear water that quenches the thirst as well as the soul, or to see future young parents watching their gasping child slowly die from the consequences left from the legacy of a bunch of self centered, greedy, power grabbing, hate-mongers who believe that they speak for and through God, and because it might lose them a dollar if they have to help someone less fortunate than their precious egos can tolerate. This just fuels my already vengeful contempt for the very nerve these people have to even consider flaunting the evil they mistakenly market as "their" moral high ground.
This once meek, mild, patriotic woman finally knows how to hate and feel the uncontrollable anger that wants to exact revenge at any cost on those who show disdain for so much and so many. The feeling of aloneness became much greater after our sacred constitution was manipulated and used against us, even here in Florida, where more people than we realize feel violated and helpless. These are the only words I can find to describe it. We were already a group of stressed-out individuals just witnessing the pain of the rest of the world, but at least knew hope that we had the ability to do something about it.
But now, we are held prisoner by the festering madness of class warfare and religious oppression. Who's worth a dollar and who's not is the rule of our new judgers. The stress of not being able to help ourselves, let alone the rest of the world, is taking its toll and threatens many of us from the inside out. Without places of refuge like The BBBR, and the people who frequent it, and it's links to places and people that share the feelings, views and boiling frustrations that I have, I am very sure that I would soon explode with rage, to the point of doing something harmful to myself or to the cause we all feel drawn to protect, or to the principles we have vowed to defend throughout our lives. It is not easy to be a peaceful, level-headed human being in the face of an oppressive movement that threatens so wantonly, and with such contempt and disregard.
The threat is real, it's not over-emphasized, and I don't feel I am being melodramatic. Stalin and Hitler were met with the same passive non- resistance so many exhibit, yet when the mistake was realized, it came much too late for many. Indeed the loss to the human race has been not yet been realized to its full extent, and possibly never will be. I feel it is my duty to never let these weaknesses overtake us again. I believe it is why America is here and why there are Democrat's and Liberals.
The Internet is a new medium, but it is a tool that can serve the fight for our values and principles, and indeed the welfare of our descendants, and the rest of the world. Perhaps if our parents and grandparents had our new media back then, Hitler would have fallen before he snuffed out so many young, innocent lives. We can never know, really but now we can try to make sure these people pay for their crimes, eventually, and that their brand of obsessive misplaced justice never takes the life of another. I am angry, very angry, and I know you are angry and many share this anger with us. When those who try to lure us off track make our effort seem even more unattainable, it is easy to say, "who needs this!?"
I've said it many times during the last year, and have tried hard to push all of this from my mind and make myself free of the stress and anger and pain. I try to tell myself it's for my own good and it probably would be healthier for me not to carry this great burden and not to harbor such consuming and frustrating rage within me. Trying to tell myself "I don't care... so what... my hands are tied..." It just doesn't work for me. I can't release this inferno within. I am consumed by it every waking minute.
I am working on driving up to DC from Tampa (I detest heights so flying is not an option, any more than the top bleachers at a football stadium) and joining everyone for the march. Never done anything like that before! No time like the present, I suppose.
Viva la resistance!
Mrs. Helen H.