I read a lot. I try to read voices from all sides of a subject but I don’t do the extremes, I just can’t go there. As I’ve watched the news over the last year, specifically politics, while dealing with all the emotions knowing mom was nearing the end of her life, and then, the everything that happens after someone passes, has allowed for lots of looking backwards.
Lots of remembering who mom and dad were, their core values, their words and deeds. They were both independent voters, and two of the most deeply religious caring people I know. On voting, dad’s counsel went something like this: Every politician lies. You have to do your research, find what they have done in their lives to help people, their record, who they are as people, and then chose the one who will be the better choice for all people. At least that was my take away.
I’ve been horrified by the tone, the anger, the hate brought out in the open in this election cycle by Trump and what he says. The hate has been palpable, the bigotry and racism of some who seem to believe they have been given a green light to display it, or have always displayed it. Just everything that should not be has been proudly put on display during Trump’s campaign, his words, actions. Everyday, I expected people in his party to repudiate him, instead, they either cheered him on, or tried to explain what he ‘really’ meant.
I have been heartened recently that more and more have started to speak up that would typically chose a Republican candidate. I’m going to link to two posts, one who is an adoptive parent, the other may be too (?) and seems to see the bigger picture about adoption instead of just the rhetoric. I read both regularly and agree with some, other times disagree with what they say. The Happy Pastor, in a lot of areas his words remind me of dad’s view, it’s a good post – My Critique of Christian Republicanism and Shannon’s post – I’m pro-life. And I’m voting for Hillary. Here’s why.
Now, some may not think this is the place to include this, I do because of the tenor in words being spoken right now. There is a bill in congress that needs to be passed. It has everything to do with adoption, the promises made of children getting a better life if they were adopted to the US. So, I’ll close by reminding readers of the adoptees who were adopted by US Citizens from other countries as babies and small children, whose parents failed them for whatever reason to get citizenship they needed before they turned 18. Can you imagine finding out one day that you aren’t a citizen of the country you were raised in, that you called home? They were raised as Americans, in America. Some have been deported back to the country they were adopted from, not knowing anyone, not speaking the language or knowing the culture, just dumped there. Some are waiting deportation. Others are still living in the US and need citizenship, can you imagine not having citizenship? They all need your help. They need the current bill in congress to move forward fixing the flawed CCA of 2000 (Child Citizenship Act) that left so many adoptees behind that was supposed to have fixed the problem for all.
News article from last year: Bill Would Provide Retroactive Citizenship For All International Adoptees