Protect the Access and Rights of All

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Closeup of a red, white, and blue button reading, “If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.”

I join the Disability March to do my part in protesting the tenor of Mr. Trump’s demeaning treatment of women and horrific mockery of the disabled.  These attitudes and behaviors have no place in our country, and certainly not in the White House. I also march to protest the Republican assault on the laws and institutions that protect basic health and wellbeing, including health insurance and expanded social security disability benefits that equal a living wage.  As citizens, we have responsibility to love and protect those around us, ALL of those around us.  As Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”  Matthew 25: 40.   As someone newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I feel a new sense of the interdependence and fragility of all of us.  I know that appearances are deceiving.  Some disabilities are hidden.  But that does not mean I should hide in the face of hatred or threats to my neighbors.  And I cannot condone the selfishness and hatred that Mr. Trump used to leverage his victory, or the sustained, unreasoning Republican hostility that forced a stalemate over the last eight years.  I remain faithful that neither Trump nor his apologists can corrupt the basic decency  and generosity of spirit that is held by most of us in the United States.

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