I wrote a piece on a page on this site about a young man who had a tremendous impact on my life. I wrote it to explain some things. Sometimes I write to try and raise awareness and foster understanding. I am no anarchist or rebellious rebel rouser.
I have serious concerns about society and questions that berate my mind. I put these concerns on paper and read and re-read them. I ask myself, what kind of world do we live in? All around I see hate, sorrow and despair. Vitriol reaches all the way into the upper echelons of our government. So I monitor the news and I can be a little critical of the President of the United States.
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile but is morally treasonable to the American people.” – Theodore Roosevelt
This quote by Roosevelt has had a tremendous effect on me. Not as much as the moment I shared in the essay about a young man who extended his hand to console me, but it assures me that as a citizen and a member of society I have a duty to ask that our President be responsible and answerable to the voters who’s decision put him into office. What Roosevelt was saying, to me, means that for us to not have our own voice and opinions would make us less American.
That being said, I have an interest in journalism and I now have a website. I can raise awareness and inform but I also want to relate and edify. I apologize if I have offended anyone.
I will make a conscious effort to avoid being critical of our President and talking about politics. The reason I have been is because our President made fun of and mocked a handicapped reporter during the elections. Trump mimicked the reporters disability and when I saw him do it I became enraged.
I was reminded of a young man who was viciously bullied in my Middle School when I saw our President do what he did. A young man who extended a gesture to comfort me after a very debilitating social moment in my life. Now Serge doesn’t need me to defend him. Serge Kovaleski is an investigative reporter for the New York Times. A wickedly good one at that.
Trump said he would never do something like that but that is a bold face lie. I saw him as he did it in real time. People need to know this and hopefully understand why I do not like bullies.
I apologize to anyone whom I have offended. I’ll try and stop being critical. Operative word, “try.”