When is the right time to speak out?

When is the right time to speak out?

I have the wonderful honor of being able to work at my dream job. If anyone had asked me ten years ago if I would ever be able to make a living off my books, I would have laughed in their face. Yet, that was exactly what happened.

I know that I am supposed to write my books. Ones that, hopefully, are enjoyed and let the reader escape from life for a while. Never did I think that there would be a time where I felt it was imperative that I would have to take off my author hat and get political.

I swear that if I hear the word unprecedented again I am going to vomit. Yet, I am about to use it myself. Why? Because our so called leader is tearing this country apart at an unprecedented rate.

With a few strokes of his pen, he has signed in several executive orders. Many of which have already had devastating effects. One attacked female reproductive rights and another banned Muslins from certain countries from seeking refuge in America.

I’m not going to go into too many details or continue to rant. There are plenty of other people who do it already. I will tell you that I share your fears. This is unknown territory that we are entering and we have a thin-skinned, clueless, heartless man driving the bus.

So, where do we go from here? Do we hide out? Pull the blanket over our heads and hope that the monster goes away?

To all those I answer—Hell no! America was founded by brave people who weren’t afraid to take a stand and fight. No, I don’t mean we have to grab our muskets. What I am saying is that our words can be so much more powerful than any man made weapon.

So, speak up. Don’t back down. Go protest. Call your congressmen every week for the next four years. Continue to fight and don’t stop the momentum. We need to keep on going until our voices are heard.

Most of all, we need to gather together and offer each other support. With our combined strength we can and will win this battle. I think that it will, also, make us so much stronger.

I will close with this:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. –Pastor Niemöller 

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4 Responses to When is the right time to speak out?

  1. Aibopals says:

    That last section reminds me how I was attacked for voicing my opinion, apparently I was not allowed an opinion because I am in the UK, yet I felt I needed to speak out, for my US friends and because his actions have a worldwide impact

  2. Christina A Enness says:

    I try to make sure my opinion is known to others without trampling on their own beliefs but its getting harder to do so when people are jumping all over us because we may believe the media over the president. When are people going to see that he is not a good person? Definitely not a good enough person to be leading our country. His bigotry is spreading, we had a case in a nearby middle school more than few weeks back that had white children preventing a couple of Mexican-American children from going to their lockers, the white children locked arms together like the border that is being built. I am terrified for my own child to the point I told her point blank do not tell people about yourself. I just know that if someone finds out she is gay something bad will happen. I am happy that she knows who she is but we live in a small town where bigotry and discrimination are alive and well. All because he has shown that it is okay to hate those who are different.

  3. ANA says:

    I give you all my support, although I live in Europe, Spain, I believe that the world is changing for evil, very bad. People are choosing politicians who do not know what it is to be a normal human being, regardless of your sexual or religious condition …

    I hope that the peoples will rise and say enough.


  4. StephanI Hecht says:

    The one silver lining in this is that groups who would have never banded together before are now. We are seeing LGBT people, POC, Muslims and women all marching hand-in-hand. We will win in the end. We just have to remember that this is not a sprint but a marathon.

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