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Resistance has a long and storied history as part of the DNA of the United States, starting from before its birth and through other transitional periods for the country, including, but certainly not limited to, the Civil Rights Movement and the LGBT Movement.
A registered Independent, now, I got my start doing any kind of protesting or resisting as a registered and active member of the Libertarian Party, during the early part of the second Iraq War in 2003. I was married to a member of the US Army and felt compelled to protest and speak up, not just for myself, or my kids, but for my soldier, who could not speak for himself when he was in uniform.
My marriage didn’t last, but my desire to protest oppressive government policies never went away. I began my original DizzyDayz blog to speak up against the Iraq War, but I also spoke up about gay rights, abortion rights, and other civil rights. I took some time off from blogging politics for a few years until the election of the 45th president of the United States.
I did not vote for him and I did not consider him a good leader. I didn’t consider the people whom he nominated for cabinet positions were good leaders, either. Like our 45th president, most of them had never served in any kind of government positions and few, if any of them, were a good fit for the positions they were appointed to. I felt uneasy, feeling like our government was up for sale to our president’s cronies; none of them with the best interests of the American people, in mind.
As this book is published, one year after the inauguration of our 45th president, my fears have been borne out. A number of this administrations staff have either been fired or quit and some of them have been indicted. The ones who are left behind are doing everything they can to wring every dollar they can from their positions or are doing everything they can, it seems, to make life more difficult for the average American. I won’t bother to list the number of other scams and scandals that this administration is involved in, because the list is just too long.
While this administration has been hard at work trying to evict or restrict immigrants, make it harder for people to access healthcare or other government benefits, neglecting states and their citizens; suffering from natural disasters, selling off public lands, antagonizing foreign allies and embracing US adversaries, and trying to rewrite history by pushing alternative facts and fake news, the Republican wing of the legislative branch has been helping this administration rob American citizens of what was once considered “The American Dream.”
With the Democratic Party being the minority and with the Republicans and the president refusing to even attempt bipartisanship, many Americans have felt the need to band together, protesting, marching, and resisting the actions and the policies that this administration continues to try to force us to accept.
Many people in The Resistance have talents that they have offered in support of the hard work ahead, including organizing marches and protests, writing blogs and sending in letters to the editor to their local paper, working on political campaigns, speaking out through media appearances, news articles, and social media. I found, for myself, that writing poetry was my best way of expressing my disdain for this administration and the current legislature.
My platform is much smaller now than it was in 2009 when I last blogged about politics, but my fighting spirit has gotten stronger. Since our 45th president took office, so many civil rights that we have taken for granted are continually under fire, including, but not limited to, rights for gay and transgendered Americans, abortion rights, and access to affordable healthcare, not to mention the security of non-citizen immigrants, whether they are documented or not. I feel compelled to write, almost daily, about every affront to true American values that this president and this legislature continue to impose on the American people.
This anthology of poems is a collection of poems that I wrote for The Resistance; to express my dismay for this administration and other government officials and, also to show support for and motivate members of the online Resistance movement.
My voice is but a small peep in a large crowd of voices trying to be heard; trying to express their desire for a president who serves ALL the people, not just the rich and for a legislature that chooses “country over party”, rather than the other way around. As tragic as life sometimes feels with our 45th president at the helm, I find comfort connecting with others who believe that the United States can still be better and do better, if we all stand together against the continued slights of the current administration and fight against the oppressive and sometimes, unconstitutional, laws that the legislature tries to impose on us.
I am proud to say that The Resistance has helped clapback and pushback against many of the foul policies implemented or attempted by our current government and we have had some victories; some small, some big. I believe if we continue to stand together; make our voices heard by marching, protesting, writing, and voting, we will eventually overcome the current threat to our American values.
Hope is the root of The Resistance; hope in the present and in the future. Through this book and through my continued writing of Resistance poetry, I plan to keep watering those roots, to help bring forward a brighter future for my fellow Americans, our children and our communities, at home and abroad.
Keep Hope Alive. Keep On Resisting!
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