Mar. 22nd, 2017

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The House is voting on Thursday. And again, it's terrifying and weird and upsetting and super-important. And *AGAIN* because my representatives are chill and awesome for the most part, I kinda don't know what to do except say 'Thanks for doing the right thing!' and telling them I appreciate them. I mean, this is the guy who represents my district:

https://twitter.com/CoverVaToday/status/844275175122198529

He also showed up to the local Women's March and helped organize a separate rally in support of Planned Parenthood. This guy! Also, one of my senators is Tim Kaine--Hillary's running mate. It feels weird to try to affect change when your leaders are already On It. One district East or West and that might be a different story. (The lines are drawn really weirdly.) But I guess checking in to say, "Hi! I live here and I feel represented! Keep up the good work!" isn't a bad thing, really.

One thing I did want to mention that I saw pointed out elseweb. I can't remember where elseweb, but I've been trying to keep it in mind: the reason it feels like we're on a slow haul towards doomsday, especially for those of us (and yes, I count myself here) who are new to protest marches, or writing/calling senators, or donating to various causes, is that being on the "losing" side is also somewhat new to us. I mean, I'm old enough to remember the Dubya years, but not old enough to have actually voted during that first election. I voted in the second (and found out how absentee ballots work, as I was in London at the time), but wasn't nearly as involved in politics as I am now. (I'm still only marginally involved now, but doing as much as I can given a lot of personal crap that I'm not going to get into again right now.)

It feels weird and defeating to vote, voice your opinion, call/email your representatives, know that they voted the way you asked them to, and STILL watch the country sliding in a direction you very much don't want it to go. The urge to throw up your hands and give up is strong. I guess it was never going to be easy. Expecting otherwise was naive on my part. And really, it's only been two months.

And yet--GUYS, IT'S ONLY BEEN TWO MONTHS, WHAT THE EFF?!?!?

That's all I got right now. I guess what I'm trying to say, especially if you're in a district that leans redder than mine, is: don't give up. Keep bugging them. Make them sick of your email address and/or voice. And then bug them some more. If not for your own sake, then for the sake of the people who have been in this fight way longer and know how much harder it can get. I hate this and I have to take a lot of breaks from it; I imagine that's not unusual right now. The world will still be on fire when we get back.

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