Processing the election
So, I took a day or so to process my feelings over the election. As many of my friends know, I posted a lot of political things over the last year. And yesterday morning, I woke up in tears. I was so sick to my stomach I couldnt function most of the day. Some of you are probably thinking, Come on. Seriously. Why all the drama? Why should I be so upset, right?
You are obviously different from me. I read all the well-meaning and positive comments about unity and hope and praying for our new president (all of them, by the way, written by my white friends). I tried to put everything into perspective. I made a list of what I felt I had in my favor to feel hopeful for the future. I am a past-her-prime, deliriously happily married Christian white woman who doesnt have to work for a living anymore, with a nice home, a healthy family, a few cars in my garage and the ability to travel and concentrate on my hobbies in a state so safe that a lot of people dont even lock their homes. What do I have to be so worried about?
My ancestors either came to this country in the 1600s or were already here. I am as American as it gets. I mean, Im not a Muslim who must now fear even more for her safety, but I have friends who are. Im not African-American with all the social injustices that come with that, but my grandchildren are. Im not in my child-bearing years, worrying about health care, but my daughters are. Im not Mexican-American, but my grandchildren are.
The Second Amendment was never a worry for me. In fact, I have never known a single person in my 58 years that has had to defend his or her family using a handgun or automatic assault weapon. I dont own any guns, but I watch the news every day wondering who will be the next victim of those who do have those weapons.
Im not young and attractive, so I dont have to worry much about sexual predators in safe little New Hampshire, but my daughters have to worry, especially now that they have a role model in the White House. I dont have financial issues about health insurance, but my family does. I dont live in an area threatened by a pipeline, but my Native American ancestors call me to care not only now but for the future of a planet they treasured. No one in my family serves in the military at this time, but I have four grandsons and two granddaughters who may someday have to fight in wars started by a president who claims to love war.
I was raised in an era where we were taught that Communism and the USSR (Russia, for those of you too young to remember) were our ideological enemies, a time when many people gave their lives during the Cold War to stop the spread, but now we have a president who adores their dictator.
I am not handicapped nor do I have children with disabilities, but I have family members who do and have to worry about a president who mocks those people on TV. I dont have to depend on social programs, but I once had to depend on food stamps to feed my kids because I didnt make enough money as a teacher in Oklahoma to take care of my family as a single mom, but Im sure billionaire, white privileged, private-schooled Mr. Trump is going to correct that problem. With any luck at all, Social Security will only supplement our income, if it survives at all now in a totally Republican-controlled government, but my father counts on it. I could go on and on.
So, I guess, overall, I really shouldnt be upset, right? The deck seems to be stacked in my favor. I mean, the Lord is in control, right? But the one thing all of us had better remember is that God gave us free will. When we make choices that run counter to His plan for us, we often suffer the consequences of the bad choices we make and the ones made by others.
I cry because I believe with all my heart that my family is going to suffer a great deal from the free will of white America, which decided that a man like Donald Trump should be the leader of the free world, a man whose every word points to a less free world for everyone different from me.
Julie Anderson, a former Edmond public school teacher New Hampshire
War machineAt 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the War to End War came to an end. In truth, it was the seed of relentless war that took about 13 years to incubate before the Japanese invaded Manchukuo (Manchuria) in 1931.
Since then, we have had serious warfare going on somewhere, most of it under the pretense of national defense, for one nation or another.
After WWII, the USA decided to rename our Department of War to the Department of Defense. Though WWII was most definitely a war of defense for us, all of our wars since then have had nothing to do with our defense.
After WWI, the nation recognized that that war had much more to do with profits for the bankers and war material providers who drew us into that war on behalf of their own pecuniary interests. These purveyors of war were accurately labeled the Merchants of Death.
Since WWII, the modern-day Merchants of Death have drawn us into war after war that have had nothing to do with defending our homeland. We have suffered over 100,000 dead, 300,000 wounded of our own and have murdered millions of others on the pretense of defense. None of the killing and carnage we have caused in the interim has had anything to do with defending our homeland.
Learning from Vietnam, the merchants have created the perfect scenario for unlimited profits with minimal public protest by ending both the draft and the raising of taxes to pay for war.
Be quiet or you will be labeled unpatriotic.
Frank Silovsky Oklahoma City
We votedElection Day; what a great day it is for America and humanity.
We often focus on whats wrong with our country, and this year, there has been concern from many concerned citizens about the candidates. There wont be tanks in the streets in America tomorrow. The people voted.
But take a step back and look at the bigger picture. America is the land of the free. Millions of people were free to vote in the greatest nation this earth has ever produced. Despite our challenges, we are getting better and better.
This is still the land of the free. God bless America, humanitys greatest hope and achievement.
Julian K. Codding Edmond
Hard driving?Had read an article a few years back about friction commuter cyclists get with Oklahoma drivers.
Just thought you might want to know what I learned today; because I ride a bicycle to work, Im a faggot and I dont own any automobiles and I dont have a family. Wow; this guy sure makes a bad representation of Oklahomans. What does my sexual preference have to do with being a commuter cyclist?
I was happy to see Local leaders call for immigration law changes (News, Laura Eastes, Sept. 14, Oklahoma Gazette) published. I could not agree more. Our outdated immigration laws harm families, hurt communities and hinder economic growth. Our elected officials must dedicate themselves to working across the aisle to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Most Americans agree that our current immigration system is broken and in need of serious, permanent changes. Unfortunately, deadlock in Congress has halted any progress on this serious issue.
As a person of faith, it is also important to me that our immigration laws are just. Our laws need to keep families together, strengthen border communities and allow all people to fully participate in public life. These goals can only be accomplished through comprehensive immigration reform.
I hope that our national leaders like Rep. Tom Cole, Sen. James Lankford and Sen. Jim Inhofe will add their voices to call for reform.
Tom Cassidy Norman
Moral compassReporter Jessica Williams is correct in saying the OKC Ballet is going to give people what they didnt necessarily expect. What are those dudes packin (Arts & Culture, Performing Arts, Worldly steps, Sept. 14, Gazette)? They might be attractive, but the picture at first scared my wife, then made her a little sick.
Imagine taking the elementary kids to the ballet. I guess it couldnt be worse than taking them to the Matisse show at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, where they had to spend too much time looking at poor artwork of fourth-grade level nude paintings while listening to a tour guide explain why the pornography is so acceptable and artistic.
Michael Moberly Oklahoma City
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