Had a doctor’s appointment today (health report – she gave me the unwelcome news that it could take another TWO MONTHS before my ear is back to normal.)
And we got talking, as everyone is wont to day today, about the impact of whatever that was last night.
It seems “the forgotten people” are no longer forgotten.
But what about the truly ostracized, the unseen, the people on the edge, the people who are hanging on for dear life with the support of good programs like Food stamps, and TANF (welfare), and ACA (Obamacare), and rental assistance, and LIHEAP (energy support). What happens to them as these programs are changed and stripped and eliminated, as promised?
These people are in our communities, they are your neighbors and mine, they are you and me. Who will care for them, who will listen to them, who will advocate for them, and who will protect them?
It falls to all of us at the local level now. We all need to step up and do what has to be done.
I don’t feel up to it, but I will find a way.
We also have to remain vigilant at the federal and state levels – what has been gained can be taken away. I think of voting rights, gay rights, women’s rights, equal rights, civil rights.
And a special word – if you happen to be a Justice appointed by Bill Clinton or Barack Obama who serves on the SCOTUS – won’t you please eat right, drink your water, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, have all your wellness checkups and screenings, and do all that you can do to stay healthy and strong for 4 more years. We are counting on you to still be here when this is over.
The dark ages ended eventually, and this will, too.