On June 22, the day she traveled to view a shelter for immigrant children in Texas, Melania Trump was photographed in a jacket that read in capital letters “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?”
Those of us who are bewildered or angered by the message on Mrs. Trump’s jacket have some options.
For those of us who try and live by a “love our neighbor” or golden rule guideline of “doing unto others as we would have them do to us,” this means channeling our concern and outrage in a constructive and civil manner.
We need to focus on building compassionate community.
- Find out the facts and discern the implications those facts hold for the outcomes we seek.
- Speak out on behalf of those outcomes with our voices and our votes.
Here are worthy outcomes that should matter to us all:
- A habitable planet
- Health care access
- Quality education
- Public safety
- Economic well-being
- Enrichment of experience
- Problem-solving capacity
Here are a few current amplifications about a few of the outcomes we should be seeking.
- Public safety: requires realistic laws that are humane, consistent administration of those laws, and practices that promote community caring, versus driving people into the shadows where bad things happen.
- Economic well-being: too many people can’t afford decent, much less desirable, shelter or other basics and most don’t have enough money for a $500 emergency.
- Freedom: when we have a President who regularly scapegoats an entire race, a religious practice, a political party, a nation, or a group within his own party that disagrees with him, our freedom is being threatened.
We need to speak out against wasting resources. Wasting energy on trying to bring back coal, failing to use the power of collaboration when working with world leaders, undermining the healthcare network to take aim at the other political party while ignoring the need to make accessible healthcare for all people a reality, failing to fund the education of our young, disregarding the plight of our aging poor, calling all regulation bad when facts prove that some regulation is vital to our future — all of these actions are harmful and expensive.
People in positions of influence have the opportunity to bring people into positive political action. The Postcard Storm provides bipartisan guidelines for political action to people in that seek healthy, caring community life. If you would like for me to help with a plan for your group, let’s talk.