I shared that my local newspaper published my letter to the editor whose theme was “Listen to the truthtellers.” I included the letter in a recent post. Today, I received a very gracious letter from someone I do not know thanking me for my letter and “taking a stand and for expressing my views publicly.”
Attached to the letter was a summary prepared by John Pavlovitz (see link below) entitled “What I care about.” I thought I would share that summary below:
“I care that families are being separated.
I care that medical bills are bankrupting people.
I care that we’re drowning in guns and daily shootings.
I care that we’re talking about an asinine multi-billion border wall that won’t solve a crisis, even if there were one – and there isn’t one.
I care that our climate is changing and our planet is warming and our environment being degraded ad we have politicians who see science as an adversary.
I care that this Administration solicited and welcomed foreign interference in a Presidential election.
I care that voter suppression and gerrymandering are making it almost impossible for poor people and people of color to be heard and represented.
I care that racists march without hoods now, that elementary school teachers dress up like border walls, that wrestling coaches cut off a man’s dreadlocks in public.
I care that our President is mentally unfit to lead, and that he is buffeted by a group of professional enablers who know he is unfit and defend him anyway.
I care that every single day brings new legislative attacks on people who are already pushed to the brink.
I care that we have accused predators in the White House and on the Supreme Court.
I care that Muslims are caricatured into terrorists, migrants into advancing hordes, and LGBTQ people into imminent threats, by our elected leaders.
I care about families and sick people and underpaid teachers and hungry kids and unpaid Federal workers and transgendered teenagers – and the millions of beautiful, vibrant, disparate human beings who are daily endangered by the leadership of this country.
That’s what I care about.”
This list boils down many concerns to one piece of paper. It is worth the read and reaction. Let me know your thoughts.
Note: At the bottom of the summary is a quote from Neil Carter, “Why are we voting into office men who don’t even accept basic principles of biology, geology, immunology, and astronomy, and who believe we don’t have to preserve our planet’s natural resources.”
The weblink to Pavlovitz’s blog is as follows:
Note to Readers: Our friend Hugh has a good supplement to this theme in his post “Head in the sand.”
Note to Readers II: Here is another post from a blogging friend in Texas.
John P. is always spot-on, as he is with this list. I share all of those cares, and only wish the rest of the nation did, as well. Sigh. Good post, Keith. I will be heading over to visit Hugh’s next!
Thanks Jill. I found his “cares” profound and pertinent. Check out Mickey’s post at “Catch a falling star” as well.
I did … excellent compilation of ‘truths’!
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Thanks Jill for the shout out. Of course, it is a shout out to John P. whose words track well. Keith
All things I care about Keith. I doubt that Trump’s MAGA fans care about any of them, though. The consistent 40% crowd just doesn’t see it that way. Very sad.
Jeff, it boggles the mind, does it not? Keith
Note to Readers III: I care that I cannot trust a word the president of our country says. I care that our country is not trusted because our president is not trust worthy. I care that the president is stripping away at our democracy. It matters that our president is not a king.
This is great. I’m glad you got that little note from a stranger. And the list is so rich, so full, sooooo
Linda, too right. It was nice to get such a note, with the added plus of the summary. Keith
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Thanks Erika. His writings are well thought out and make you think. Keith