One year into making America great again…
Donald Trump ran for President promising to “Make America Great Again.” Personally, I think he is off to a great start. Why? Because if his presidency has done one thing, it’s that people have become AWARE and ACTIVE like never before. Complacency is no longer the standard when it comes to how people perceive our government and those who represent us. We are all becoming more informed and involved, especially with issues that relate to our lives and our families.
The day after his inauguration, the Women’s March became the largest worldwide march in history. Donald Trump woke up the women of the world and we are just beginning to feel the effects. The march centered on issues such as equal pay, equal opportunity, and a woman’s right to make decisions relating to her health and body. Women coming forward and speaking out are now bringing focus to their treatment in the work place. Men in power in Hollywood, corporate America, and the halls of the Senate and Congress are learning sexual harassment and discrimination have no place anywhere in America.
The travel ban, attempts to end DACA, Black Lives Matter, and white supremacists galvanized and united other sectors of the population. Limiting an individual’s liberty and freedom based on the color of their skin or the God they worship is not something the American people are willing to sit back and accept. Our Constitution, the 15th and 19th amendments, the Civil War, and civil rights legislation of the 1960’s prove removing prejudice and discrimination are ongoing struggles.
I believe this time is different. So many groups are feeling threatened by pending legislation and recent passed legislation. All of us are affected in some way. We have become “AWARE.” If we are going to protect our values, our beliefs, and our money, now is the time to pay attention. We have also become “ACTIVE.” In addition to the Women’s March, we are marching and protesting to protect health care. Our representatives are being contacted in record numbers to express our opinions. We are marching for or against gun control, removing Confederate statues, and tax reform. Citizens that are aware and active are the ones who drive change.
Unfortunately change is not always easy to accept. When the change threatens religious or cultural beliefs, the very existence of the group is threatened. Our democracy ensures there is room for all religions, all cultures, and all ideas. We are at a point in history where our political leadership sees change on the horizon. Our congressional leaders exist on the polarization of the population. It appears they are now working to divide us rather than unite us.
Our people are what makes America great. We are diverse in color, culture, religion, education, sexual orientation, motivation, and desires. Our success as a country is built upon our ACCEPTANCE of our differences rather than our ability to silent dissent. I was moved when a Muslim group helped restore a vandalized Jewish cemetery. Traditional enemies are showing respect for the others heritage. We as individuals will end the polarization. Love and respect cannot be legislated.
Today the news is reporting the inappropriate treatment of women by men in power. We all know that most men have the physical power to dominate and control women. Treatment of women is a worldwide issue and it has been since the beginning of time. I’m confident the time of change is here. Women’s issues will dominate the headlines. Awareness will activate the changes that improve life for all of us.
No time in history has seen the potential for change we now have before us. A united population, knowledgeable of the issues, and active participation, can control the direction of our change. Don’t sit on the side lines. Contact your representatives and tell them how you feel about important issues. Make them represent YOU and your family, not kowtow to the party line. Get busy and we will Make America Greater.
~ Michael Rice is a broker from Mt. Laguna
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Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” will be out en Español soon. It’s about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: