Concerned American writers have joined together to create this new blog, Writers With No Borders, to offer their thoughts on how to steer our nation through perilous times.
The writers aren’t the media elite who receive so much criticism these days. Instead, they are your neighbors, the person you might meet in a coffee shop or tavern, the guy who drives an old car, and the lady who frets over trying to be the superwoman that society claims should be able to do everything. They are like you.
The author of this blog post is Gary Kimsey, a writer who lives in Missouri. Learn more about him…
Solve problems: These writers have several things in common: They see danger now and ahead for our country and the world. They like to write about current issues. What they have to say is important. Their views will focus on challenges faced by Americans and action that can be taken to solve problems.
I’ll be one of the writers. I picked up my pen—well, that is, I sat down at my computer—because it’s my view we have plunged into dangerous times politically, environmentally and socially.
Danger for the United States has existed at various levels since 1776, but now the perilous times have been incredibly heightened by Donald Trump, his tweets and his controversial orders. Regardless of whether you voted for him, you surely must be concerned, too, about what has happened since the inauguration.
As a rule, I’m apolitical. I believe everyone has a right to vote as they believe and that all of us should abide by the results. I’m a registered independent and I vote for the person, not the party. I follow news closely. I prefer to watch and read about answers rather than problems. Nonetheless, and I dislike pointing this out, here’s what I’ve seen and what I think:
After spending less than two weeks in office, the president has lied about the size of the inauguration crowd, committed to building a wall of questionable value that will cost taxpayers from $15 billion to $40 billion, muzzled the EPA, stuck a spike in the heart of America’s friendship with Mexico, embraced Putin, alienated countries around the world by banning Muslims, enhanced the recruiting capabilities of ISIS, and threatened the United Nations. Don’t believe this last point? Consider the message offered last week by Nikki Haley, Trump’s United Nations ambassador: “For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names.”
A couple of days ago one of my friends posted a link on Facebook that went to a USA Today article with this headline: Analysis: Trump’s start creates chaos by doing what he promised. My friend added this to his post: “By doing what he promised. Were people not listening?!?” He meant, of course, when they voted for him.
To get worse: I replied back to my friend: “People were listening, but I suspect many didn’t believe he actually would do such insanely dangerous things. And we’re only days into his administration. Listen to this: It will get worse.”
Millions of people have already marched in protest of Trump. Thousands demonstrate daily. Peace is likely to give way to violence, unfortunately. Yesterday, in what I suspect may be an opening salvo to more violent protests, police used pepper gas to disperse unruly protesters in Ohio.
Listen to this: It will get worse. I pray that I’m wrong.
Look for diverse views and topics from Writers With No Borders
In future posts of Writers With No Borders, writers will at times focus on Trump, but they will also venture into such topics as global warming, women’s rights, religious freedom, health care, jobs, the economy, public education, immigration, renewable energy, oil, hacking, congress, terrorism, nuclear weapons, and, among others, political swamps.
Diversity of views is good thing for our society. It’s a large part of the foundation upon which America was built upon and is nourished. That’s what this blog is all about: diversity of views. It is the reason we’ve asked a variety of writers to offer their opinions and solutions.
Time for regular folks: This blog was also developed as a way to step over and beyond the power elite, the political elite, the economic elite: They can’t agree on any ideas or feasible solutions. It’s time for regular folks to take the lead.
Regardless of where you on the proverbial political aisle, now is the time to stay abreast of issues. Join political groups. Join environmental organizations. Speak your views. Look beyond Facebook and Twitter headlines. Stay peaceful.
Keep track of what your local and national politicians are doing. Email them. Tweet them. Call them. Go old style: Write them letters. Better yet, visit their offices. Take your views to them. Send us your views, too. And, again, stay peaceful.
Now is the time.
Upcoming: In the next post of Writers With No Borders, Bear Jack Gebhardt, a writer in Colorado, will focus on how to nourish your life and your soul while putting up a resistance to today’s tangled problems. Watch for his post on February 1.
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