A blog publishing new and old writings of the Anglican Solitary and author Maggie Ross. Topics include the spiritual life, asceticism, contemplation, discernment, liturgy, environment, politics
posted by Maggie Ross at 8:07 pm
: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Note Mexicans and Muslims need not apply
I am so terrified. I am so terrified for my family, who are mostly elderly rural whites in danger of being blindsided when the Republican congress finally gets to axe their social security and medicare. I am terrified from the DREAM act kids and the Somali refugees in my city when they are torn asunder and sent back to countries they have no place in, sometimes at the risk of their death. I am terrified of the destruction of the economy, since that is what Republican economic policies do, and selfishly I worry I may never get settled in the world and get to have a family, and also I worry what it will do downstream to vulnerable people, to the children of single mothers already stressed financially. I am terrified. I am terrified.And I am disgusted and furious with the people I grew up with in a Southern Baptist church in Kentucky spouting platitudes about God and Jesus, reading the Bible and praying aloud, preening and posing with their puffed-up spiritual clothes. They put this foul man and his cowardly hordes into office. NPR now interviews white supremacists respectfully. My partner's clients, emotionally-disabled schoolchildren of 11 and 12 years old, are terrified they will all be put in jail or deported. We may yet become the Germany of 1939, only with the bomb.I read today the Aeschylus quote at the beginning of Martin Laird's book, learning means suffering. But they always dole out the suffering to those below them and so they never learn.
This election has been so distressing on so many levels. And now - I feel as though I am grieving a close friend. This country is headed down a very dangerous and bad road, led by a man who isn't capable of leadership at all. We had a clear choice between sane and rational improvement, led by competent and experienced people and Trump. With voter suppression and other shenanigans, they pulled off their coup d'etat. Last time we had this happen we got 9-11 and economic collapse.Trying to remain open, prayerful, God be with us in the storm to come.
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