Our Country Is Being Stolen: It’s Time To Take Back The Real America

There comes a time in every person’s life when they look around and start to wonder what the hell is going on? Well, for those of us brought up to believe in the promise of America and what it could be, we have reached that point as Trump and conservative Republicans are hard at work trying to steer us into becoming something far more sinister and repulsive.

Today’s House vote that rushed through an even worse version of the AHCA, now Trumpcare 2.0, is symptomatic of what has become a persistent march toward an America that is defined by equality only for the wealthy, white males and the religious right. It is extreme capitalism, nationalism, racism and religious extremism all rolled up into one unholy movement that rejects our basic rights as being un-American. They believe America must be purified under the auspices of far right conservatism. All we need is a swastika across the Stars and Stripes or just adopt the Confederate battle flag, and call ourselves Amerika!

Again, I point to the latest iteration of the ACHA, or a I call it, the Anti-Health Care Act. Without CBO estimates, because it was rushed through without complete details, there’s no way to know for sure just how many millions of Americans will lose coverage or go bankrupt because lifetime caps may be reinstated. What we do know is that the wealthy will get big tax breaks and older Americas, poorer Americans and Americans with pre-existing conditions will get royally screwed. Plus, Congress exempted itself from being covered by the new act’s provisions. That smacks of the way the pigs changed the rules in Orwell’s Animal Farm from “All animals are created equal” to “All animals are created equal, but some are created more equal than others.”

Add in the steady stream of bills and executive orders that favor corporations and businesses over workers and consumers, from overtime rules changes to loss of internet privacy to ripping up regulations to protect the environment, everyday Americans keep losing ground and our rights. And, just yesterday, activist Desiree Fairooz was convicted in U.S. Court for apparently laughing at a controversial (and it was laughable) remark made by a Republican panelist during Jeff Sessions’ hearing on his nomination for Attorney General.  (Read Story Here.)

Today, Trump also signed an executive order giving churches and religious  institutions more leeway to endorse political candidates without losing their tax exempt status. It stopped short of allowing what the fundamentalists really wanted — the ability to discriminate against LGBTQ citizens without fear of sanctions. It’s a bad step on the slippery slope toward ignoring our long-standing principle of “separation of church and state.”

Frankly, I’ve had enough of this whole ugly state of affairs. Lord knows America has its share of problems, but the key to solving them is to move forward as a more egalitarian society that works for the collective good while respecting individual liberties. Certainly free enterprise is a key component, but it has to have boundaries because “greed is not good!” The wealthy should pay their fair share because they benefit the most from the system. And the system should help lift up those who need help.

Unlike conservative perceptions, the poor and the sick are generally not responsible for their situations, nobody’s race or religion makes them eminently superior, and all of us are entitled to the same rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Finally, the most egregious sin committed by the GOP has been their not-so-subtle attempts to limit voting rights in order to create and maintain their electoral advantages. That’s an attack on our very foundation of democracy. It is time NOW for all true Americans to stand our ground and say NO MORE, NOT HERE!

Petition! March! Protest! Rally! Blog! Tweet! Contribute to candidates if you can! Get active in local politics! Run for office! Call your representatives! Make your voice heard until it deafens those who would trample our rights and makes them quake in fear of what comes next! We should not fear our government! Our government should fear us!

LET’S TAKE OUR AMERICA BACK!

The Divine Miss Bri

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The Divine Miss Bri

I am a freelance writer, actor, director, transwoman and activist with a passion for equality for all. My background is in advertising and media, including stints as a copywriter, account supervisor, radio program director, radio news director/anchor/reporter and radio air personality.

2 thoughts on “Our Country Is Being Stolen: It’s Time To Take Back The Real America”

  1. I live in a blue state, so my representatives pretty much vote the way I would like them to. And representatives from other states really don’t care what I have to say because I’m not going to be able to vote against them the next time they’re up for re-election. I often post on social media, but probably 95% of my friends already are left leaning or far left leaning. I really don’t have time to get involved in local politics, but I can do marches, and rallies. I make donations to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. But what else do you think is effective? Will writing letters to members of congress or the “acting-president” have any effect? Anyone else I should write to?

    1. Alan, I understand your situation as I live in a blue state as well. However, here are some suggestions.

      1) It is important that you maintain contact with your representatives, even if you know they’ll vote the way you want, and call or write (calling is more effective) to let them know where you stand on bills / issues. My representatives say it does help them to know that we’re behind them.

      2) It never hurts to write to “Red” representatives and the Fake President, if nothing else but to annoy them.

      3) Sometimes Congressional committees will solicit citizen input on certain issues before them. Often they will have a phone number to call, so call it.

      4) If you have friends in red or purple states, who think like you do, then encourage them to contact their representatives.It can make a difference.

      5).There are some groups, including some with local chapters, such as https://livingliberally.org where you can meet with like-minded individuals to learn more about what’s going at the local, state and national levels. It’s a good way to network and find ways to get involved. (I belong to my local Drinking Liberally chapter.)

      6) There are also several web sites that offer tips for how to make your voice heard, including https://resistancemanual.org/ and https://www.indivisibleguide.com.

      7) As far as local politics is concerned, try to attend city/town council or county board of supervisors (depending on where you live) meetings when you can and let them know how you feel about local issues. (Remember the adage that “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.”)

      I hope these suggestions prove useful for you. The key thing to remember is that while we don’t always know how much our letters and phone calls will help, they can’t hurt. The only thing that hurts our cause is silence/inaction.

      Thanks for your question, Alan!

      Keep the faith!

      The Divine Miss Bri

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