Before I get into today’s post, I want to thank everyone for the conversation that was sparked by yesterday’s post – even the dissenters.
Those who disagree and want to disengage from the blog are obviously free to do so. I’m not writing this blog 365 days a year in order to gain lots of followers. And 4 or 5 posts about the election hardly makes this a ‘political’ blog. I’m writing the blog for me, as a daily journal. That I can share it with all of you is the icing on the cake.
Here’s the deal (a phrase I use all the time here at home): I work hard at being tolerant but I draw the line at tolerating racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, and sexism. And any defense of Mr. Trump carries with it the implication that those beliefs are tolerated and supported. How can it not? That those beliefs are toxic and the death knell to any sense of respect I might hold for someone is also true.
There is no defense. None.
We can grow. We can educate ourselves. And I can hope that healing comes. I can pray for the release of the fears and ignorance that fuel those beliefs. I can and do.
I am heartened by the sheer amount of positive comments, by those who also see that this ’emperor’ has no clothes.
As for speaking out on my blog; it is imperative that we all speak out. We have only to look back at the rise of other dangerous dictators to know what happens when people don’t speak out and take action.
If someone is offended, so be it. I really don’t care. This is too important.
As I wrote in one of my responses yesterday, my dad was onto Donald Trump long ago. He detested him and everything he stands for. That Trump managed to become the Republican nominee for President was knowledge my father was spared, mercifully. But I know he would be proud of me and of my sister (who has also spoken out about this election on her blog). So would my mom.
Meredith and I speak our minds. We speak out. We try to do the right thing. That’s how we were raised.
And thank you for your spirited defense of my words. That means so much to me. More than you know. My husband read the post and cheered me on throughout the day. We are of one mind on this subject.
Moving on. Some fading flowers I photographed recently, each of them beautiful.
Fading Butterfly Bush.
It turned colder overnight and it’s windy outside! All of the leaves that we raked up have been replaced by a lot more leaves. It’s as if we never raked – so goes changeable Autumn.
Today: the Red Sox (who aren’t doing too well in this series, darn it!) and the debate.
I only hope I can sleep at the end of the day.
I’m going to close comments on yesterday’s post.
One more thing: a reminder about my post on DHA and the essential nutrients we need. If you’re interested in a vegetarian source of omega-3s, stop by and read the sponsored post.