It's my personal soapbox, a place for me to express thoughts and feelings, musings and rants, reflections and recollections; to have fun with words -- about things spiritual, environmental, social, political, economic, and, from time to time, personal. And of course about peace. Soapboxes are in public places (as London's legendary Hyde Park) on purpose, and so I invite conversations with you, for it is through civil discourse that we can gain some perspective on the seeming chaos of these changing times and learn together how to shape a positive future for ourselves, our communities, and the generations to come.

Friday, December 22, 2017

The President does NOT speak for the United States

I want the world to know, and I hope others join me in this, that Mr. Trump and his administration do not speak for me, nor even, in my opinion, the United States of America. 

When it is said the "the United States" voted against the UN resolution condemning the United States for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, or "the United States" has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accords, or “the United States” has isolated itself from and lost credibility in the world, it would be more accurate to say "the Trump Administration" has done those things. The majority of Americans, and even of those who voted in the last election, did not vote for him. Even more important, his actions, especially the bullying and extortion tactics, are not congruent with American values or ethos. They are not who we are as a people. So what he says and does, do not represent the United States of America.

I call upon the rest of the world to bear with us while we transit this dark night and can emerge once again into the light.

Love will prevail!

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