It was an INCREDIBLE day in America. March 24, 2018. It will go down in history as the largest, best organized and most peaceful protest march and/or events of all time. Trump’s inauguration PALED by like 25 less times the attendees as the March for Our Lives 2018. I add the year because I know there will be a yearly march until this issue is solved. Not only specifically the gun reform issue, but the entire mess of NRA purchased politicians and lobbiests in Washington DC. This new “Generation of Change” is growing stronger by the day; today being the beginning of the fight, not even close to the end.
Watch Emma Gonzales in her speech at March for Our Lives 2018 here.
I was brought to tears by the speeches, especially that of Emma Gonzales. Everyone knows her because she’s got a very Butch haircut, and the lobbyist from Maine who was running for office called her a “Skinhead, lesbian” on National TV and made her a big item in media reporting. Emma didn’t ask to be famous. And she didn’t want to bury 17 people she knew and loved to be famous. Emma is the victim of the Parkland shooter. The emotional scar on that kid is tremendous, and she and all of her classmates and school mates will forever be altered in personality, emotion and reactionary senses. They did not ask for any of this. But, since they were forced into this situation by our lack of sensible gun laws, our lack of action, the greed of politicians, the NRA and a boy who bought a weapon of war legally on the streets of America. They didn’t ask for this, but they got it. Now they are going to bring in into the light full force. Change is coming; it’s coming on the back of Emma Gonzales and every other shooting victim in America, their friends, relatives, associates and colleagues will all join the fight…Emma is going to inspire America, and CHANGE will happen. I am certain of it.
Change that happens slowly is a more difficult kind of change to endure; no one “likes” change but there come times when it’s not only necessary, but it’s going to happen, so you try to get out in front of it a little bit if you can.
Our country is broken right now. It’s shattered into a dozen pieces, and each has it’s own personal war with the government. Being an out Butch and part of the LGBT community I have already felt the creeping dread and fear for what this “Regime” and it’s “Dictator” have in plan for me and my kindred spirits. I got myself a bit wound up about it the other night, and thought about it far too deeply. But with all of the erasure of the gays and lesbians from the public sphere, ie the US Government website took down the page on LGBT Americans on the VERY FIRST day of Trump’s presidency – Jan. 20, 2017. And from THAT day forward it’s been downhill for our equality in this country.
This last Friday Trump’s people drafted and sent out a memo basically banning all Transgender people from serving in our Military. It also means that anyone who is already enlisted is in eminent danger of being thrown out. There has been talk of the fucking “death penalty” for being gay…in America!!! WTF.
Mike Pence is openly hostile in his very conservative, evangelical views of the LGBT community. And we have ALL witnessed how emboldened Trump and his cronies have made some very sick, al-right people to openly discriminate, segregate and humiliate people who are “different” from their idealistic Anglo-Saxon images. We’ve seen a steep up-tick in hate crimes across this country since 1/20/17…it’s like the country has gone crazy.
Trump has instigated people to choose sides, pick battles and fight against each other. Murder has become just another normalized daily blip on the news…along with corruption, lying, cheating, extortion, embezzlement and outright corruption. America is being held hostage, and I do believe that the Parkland shooting will be forever known as the “turning point” in REAL CHANGE in American politics and government. It’s time for change, and it’s now going to happen.
Civil rights marches, led to Vietnam war protests, to Gay Rights Marches of the 90’s, and the Million Man marches, Marches on the United Nations, and today we witnessed and participated in the March for Our Lives in 2018….Change has come from protest; prolonged repeated protest works best…followed by VOTING for CHANGE. David Hogg, 17 yr old Parkland student and witness to the deadly shooting of his classmates, said today that it comes down to 3 things. Register to Vote. Educate and inform yourself, and VOTE.
Vote for Change. Vote for a good kind of America, where people care and we get along. Vote to get dirty money out of our political system, to keep a separation between church and state, and to protect our children from suffering the horrors of weapons of war. Vote for sensible gun reform. Call your state senators, legislators, representative and every politician you can reach and urge them to either get on this band wagon or face a very sure public down vote at the polls.
And…THAT’s my 2 cents for today.
Rock on Parkland Florida. Go Eagles!!! ❤