Like many of you, I’ve been struggling with the anger and frustration with yet another mass shooting, more dead kids and teachers, and a nation in mourning.
But I’ve sensed a different, stronger, more visceral response to this one, a response that gives me hope, albeit tinged with despair and anger.
I’ve always said that if Sandy Hook didn’t change things, nothing would. But here’s what’s different now, here’s what’s amped up the outrage against the “norm.”
We are now under an administration that foments hatred, that promotes racism, classism and many other -isms, and we fear for our lives, our children, our country. We no longer have a stable democracy or a rational leader to fall back on, nor any kind of hope that things will get better. We no longer can count on the goodness and humanity of those in power.
Deep down, we know things won’t, can’t, get better with who, for a variety of awful reasons, is in the White House and in Congress. So, it’s up to all of us — reasonable people who love this country (who are willing to let law-abiding gun owners keep their guns), who still see America as a land of opportunity, who don’t harbor hate in our hearts — to stand up and do what’s right.
We can’t wait until Nov. 6, when we decide yet again who we’re paying and entrusting to lead this country. (Have we forgotten that they work for us? Have they forgotten?)
I’m calling on those without power to fight for what is right. And I’m calling on those in power to do what is right, without a thought to polls, optics, contributions and the next election.
Each and every one of us looks in the mirror every morning. What do we see?