Protesters Are Paid in Wondrous Ways

In addition to continually spewing about “fake news,” some supporters of our current administration claim that among the town hall rebel rousers there are some paid protesters. They are right.  Protesters are paid and in wondrous ways.

Protesters are paid by knowing they are building a sense of community with like-minded folks.  No one wants to lose sleep and wring their hands in dismay alone. Whether it’s the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ rights, environmental concerns, education voucher mandates or any of the numerous “isms” that get under their skin, when they work together for what they believe is a necessary step to ensure a strong America, protesters love being part of a community.  To the town halls they will go.

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Protesters are paid by knowing they are standing up for their core values, values that honor the common good in America’s diverse citizenry.  They can rest a bit better at night knowing that they are trying to protect and live out the core values close to their hearts.  To representatives’ offices they will go even if it means just meeting with a staff member.

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Protesters are paid by knowing they can look at their children and grandchildren, their neighbors and their colleagues and say, “I’m trying.”  They can live each day with a clear conviction to participate in our democratic process, imperfect though it may seem to be at times. Protesters believe strongly in government for the people by the people. To the phones they will go to call local and DC offices and make their voices heard.

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Protesters are paid by knowing they are energizing America’s political landscape.  The major political parties are changing because protesters persist in having their voices heard.  From Tea Party conservatives to democratic socialist “Berners,” they are active and engaged.  Their energy and commitment inspire others.  To the post offices they will go, mailing thousands of postcards because representatives’ voice mailboxes are filled with other voices, and that’s a good thing despite the cowardice of some elected officials who refuse to meet with their constituents.

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Protesters are paid by the thrill of activism.  Activism is engagement and being engaged is energizing. It makes one feel useful; it gives an element of added purpose to living. Maybe it’s just four people with signs standing outside Planned Parenthood.  Maybe it’s an effort by a book club or church group to send emails in support of or against something the government plans to do.  Maybe it’s a few hundred folks–with dogs and babies in tow–walking with signs in hand, shouting slogans, singing, drumming and just chatting with fellow protesters, engaged in the thrill of being part of an active democracy.

Yes, protesters are paid and wondrously so.

Trump’s Run for President – It’s Like a Reality Show

Over the past several months, some media sources have referred to Donald Trump’s campaign as a reality show.  He’s an expert, having had years of experience with his show “The Apprentice.”

I agree.  I haven’t been able to disengage much from the headlines, quotes and speculations.  Truly, it’s like I wake up each morning thinking, “Now what?”  That’s what reality shows do.

So I wrote a humorous rant for  It’s titled: “Welcome to Our Trumped Up Presidential Reality Show”… and here it is:


Ready to Help Train Trump?

All throughout the election process, I’ve been taken aback by so many people’s adoration of a man I am convinced is not the kind of role model we need for our children and grandchildren.

Sure, I understand the appeal of some of his messages and his promises, but the character and personality of Donald Trump still rubs me the wrong way.

In thinking, “What are we gonna do about this guy?” I came up with a plan to train Trump and shared it in a rant on

Training Trump: We’re Gonna Need Some Help With This One



Yeah…I Wear a Safety Pin

As soon as I read of the safety pin as a symbol of safety, I was on board.  Maybe it was impulsive, but I needed to latch onto something meaningful after learning Donald Trump would be our president-elect.


So I’ve been wearing my pin and sorting through what it means to me.  I’ve read pieces online shouting that safety pins aren’t enough.  Of course, they aren’t.  Pin wearers know that.  We aren’t idiots.  This backlash bothered me, but it also made me think harder about what the safety pin means to me and why I’ve committed to wear it for as long as I believe is necessary.

I wrote the following for to explain what the safety pin means to me.

About Those Damn Safety Pins…










Gun Violence in America: Anybody Up for a Labor Day Weekend March in DC?

Wed. June 22, 2016

Well, well, well.  We’re seeing some action in DC thanks to Congressman John Lewis.  As I type, he is leading a sit-in on the house floor to force the need for government action on gun violence in the U.S.

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source:  Politico

We need to join him.

We need to select a date and then drive, fly, bike or walk to DC and join him.

We need to rise up with millions of voices and say, “Enough!”

We need to join hands and walk in solidarity for all the innocents and their families and friends.

We need to publicly shame the NRA and manufacturers of military assault style weapons marketed for private citizens.

We need to insist on stricter regulations that will protect gun owners and non-owners alike.

We need to break the stronghold money has over our government.

We need to remember that we are supposed to be a government for the people by the people.

We need to take action to be a government for the people by the people.

We are so damn tired of grieving every damn day.

We can and must be the change.

We have done it before.

We can do it again.

We can vote, we can speak, we can write, we can pray, we can march and we can sit.

Oh, say…can you see…millions marching on DC this Labor Day weekend to demand that our elected officials take action on the issue of gun violence?

We need an organization to sponsor the march and move forward to organize it.

Any takers?

TRUMP: Let’s Protest Him Out of the Race

I am so very proud of the folks in Kansas City who raised their voices in protest of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president of the United States.  Seeds were planted in Chicago when Trump postponed his rally on Friday because of safety concerns raised when fights between supporters and demonstrators broke out. Good move.

When I woke up this morning I read that protestors showed up at Trump’s Kansas City rally and some disrupted his speech.  Outside, there were verbal clashes between protesters and supporters and the police used pepper spray a few times.  Interesting.

It’s all getting plenty of press and air time, and why not?  Protestors have ended wars, taken down walls, secured people’s rights, toppled dictators, and made people around the world more conscious of numerous factors that threaten life on this planet as we know it.

So, duh, protestors can (and I hope will) stop Trump.   Anyone who does not support Trump is hereby invited to gather peacefully wherever he is scheduled to appear.  Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, independents, the walking dead – all of us.  Just gather and hold signs.  No need to disrupt gatherings.  Just show up.  Be present.  Hold a sign in silent protest…or if you’re like me and can’t shut up about this idiotic, Hitler-like candidate, go ahead and exercise your right of free speech by stating two simple words:  “No Trump.”

And if you live far from where Trump is giving a speech or having a rally, organize locally and hold your own “No Trump” demonstrations.

We can do this, people!  The world is counting on us to do so! Believe me, they don’t want millions of Americans immigrating to their countries because of our refusal to live under a Trump regime.

Let’s applaud and join the anti-Trump protestors, refrain from disruptions and violence, and make the No Trump Movement happen!  Let’s combine the teachings of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and simply force Trump out of the race by protesting him out of the race.

From New York City to Hartsburg, Missouri (with a population of 106), we can gather, we can hold “No Trump” signs in protest, and we can ensure that Donald Trump is not on the ticket as the 2016 Republican candidate for President of the United States.

Let’s put democracy to work.  Let’s create the No Trump Movement and exercise our right to peacefully protest.  I promise you, the world will thank us.

Trump Ticked Me Off

I watched President Obama’s TV broadcast about terrorism last night.  Of course, with Donald Trump always barking his venom during campaign speeches, I was curious to find out what he had to say about Obama’s 20 minute message.

He tweeted, “Is that all there is?  We need a new president – FAST!”

So of course I shuffled around half the morning muttering a response to myself and finally put it into words.  It was published by as a rant.

Read it here.



Thank you, Jesus! I finally heard Donald Trump referred to as a bully on national TV…by a Republican political consultant.

A deep bow of gratitude to Mindy Finn, who was interviewed yesterday as television news analysts continued the entertaining babble that consumes the media about “The Summer of Trump” and his appeal to so many Americans. She actually called him a bully, and my head is spinning as to why I haven’t heard this term used to describe him sooner…much, much sooner…like the day he announced his candidacy.

Not only did Finn call Trump a bully, she referred to him as “dangerous,”….”like an abusive boyfriend” as she talked about people being attracted his outsider image. In summary, she said the trend was “troubling.”

Troubling, indeed. I’m not a political junkie, and overall, I’m ignorant about American politics. I was dreading the months and months of political posturing, media analysis, and television ads prior to the 2016 presidential election. This year it’s different, thanks to The Bully. Admittedly, I sit open mouthed watching the brashness of his bully personality and his rants filled with exaggerated venom.

I keep asking myself, could this be the Republican nominee for President of the United States? Is that even possible? And then in my fantasy world, The Bully goes on “Meet the Press” and at the end of the broadcast he says, “Just kidding. I’m not really running for president,” and he walks off the set. Yeah…in my dreams.

Meanwhile, I’m keeping my options open, just like I did when Sarah Palin was the vice presidential candidate and I had nightmares about John McCain being elected and then dying of a heart attack and Palin taking the oath of office to lead our country. I was ready to defect…to jump ship and beg Canadian officials to take in this grandma refugee. I was pretty sure I could get a job busing tables somewhere.

If, by some weird twist in the universe of absurd American politics, The Bully ends up being the Republican nominee for President of the United States, I’m going online to google “friendly, fairly democratic country for low income elderly speakers of English. ”

But that ain’t gonna happen. Right? Right?

The Donald Is Leading in the Polls

Like so many others, I’m a bit mystified. Donald Trump is leading in the Republican polls? Really??

News analysts explain why and I say to myself, “Well…okay…but do these Americans real want this entity to be President of the United States? For real?” Apparently plenty do.

I don’t know about anyone else, but the idea of Trump hobnobbing with heads of state from around the world is a little scary. Yeah, Trump is loud and abrasive, but not only that, look at his nonverbals. Oy!  All that gesturing…arms flying here and there…shoulders doing push-ups…hands twisting in the air…pursed lips punctuating his proclamations…eyes changing from beady slits to marbles, eyebrows wriggling up and down uncontrollably. And he thinks the leaders of the world will take him seriously? Well, we all have dreams.

Trump is a wealthy entrepreneur, right? If you’re gonna be one of those, you can’t be a wimp. No steadied rhetoric, measured pauses, meaningful glances for him. This billionaire candidate subscribes to the Bully Strategy. Why not? It’s been working for centuries around the world, and many Americans are raising their beers, waiving their guns, and shouting, “Hell, yeah, man! Way to go!”

Trump is not to be ignored…just like a train wreck is not to be ignored. Personally, I can hardly wait for the first Republican debate. Talk about entertainment. I’m stocking up: wine, cheese, crackers, wine, hummus, falafel chips, wine, carrot sticks, olives, wine and a cheeseburger aptly nicknamed “The Don.”

I’m sure the debate will be informative. I’m sure millions of Americans who have never watched a presidential debate will tune in. I hope so. This is not to be missed.