“As I walk through this wicked world
Searching for light in the darkness of insanity
I ask myself is all hope lost
Is there only pain and hatred and misery
And each time I feel like this inside Just one thing I want to know
What’s So Funny bout Peace, Love, and Understanding oh
What’s So Funny bout Peace, Love, and Understanding
As I walk on through troubled times
My spirit gets so down hearted sometimes
So where are the strong who are the trusted
And where is the harmony sweet harmony
Cause each time I feel it slippin’ away Just makes me want to cry…”
Songwriters: NICHOLAS ORAIN LOWE; Performed by Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Where are the strong, and who are the trusted – because it is time for you TO SHOW UP. It is time for you to SPEAK UP.
What happened in Charlottesville last Saturday was domestic terrorism. I am baffled to hear our president once again reiterate that he sees “many sides” to what happened and that there were “fine people” on both sides of this. I did not see one “fine person” holding tiki torches and Nazi flags. I am horrified to see David Duke thank Trump today for his support of their hateful movement.
There are not “many sides” to the hate being spewed on my television and my phone since Friday night. There is only one right side of history to be on. And there is only one wrong side.
I wish I could say I am surprised – but in my heart, I believe that Trump is simply revealing himself – ONCE AGAIN. What will it take for the strong and the trusted to say enough is enough?
It is up to each and every one of us to shine our light on the darkness that has come out of the shadows. This is not about politics. This is about our values – the very ideals our nation was founded on – the very values that our “Greatest Generation” fought and died for in a WORLD WAR. I never thought I would see a time where a white nationalist is allowed to work in my president’s White House – a place I have honored and respected my entire life. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would see Nazi flags on display in my country in this day and age, and that it would take days for my President to tepidly denounce it, to only one day later, unleash his true self like he did today.
I am angry. I am bitterly disappointed. I am terrified. I am trying as hard as I can not to spew hateful words and rhetoric back at these people and at our president. I would like to be able to say he is not my president – but the bottom line is that he is indeed my president. He carries the “football” that contains the nuclear codes that can start a nuclear war within minutes. He has that power until the day he leaves office.
I am trying to not answer hate with hate. I am trying with ALL of my might to channel my anger in some kind of constructive way.
I ask everyone out there who is also upset, angry and frankly pissed off – to please not contribute to the violent rhetoric. Be pissed off – but demand change, resist, protest – but in a peaceful manner and don’t contribute to the violence.
I ask everyone who supported Trump and who is now upset about what is happening – please do not stay silent. It is time to speak up. It is time to demand better. Please be brave and see the truth and authenticity that Trump is showing us about himself each and every day.
We are better than this. We need to ACT better than this. We need to DEMAND better than this. Staying silent implies complacency and even complicity. Doing nothing is a choice our country may not survive.
Stand with me on the right side of history. This is my rally cry for each of you to be the light in the darkness of insanity!!
2 thoughts on “(What’s so Funny) About Peace, Love & Understanding”
Laurie, as usual you have expressed yourself beautifully and bravely. I stand with you on the side of humanity.
As a resident of Charlottesville, I can give you something beautiful that you can stand by: All across our town this week, residents and local business owners have posted signs in their windows expressing peace, love and understanding. The various signs I have seen so far include messages of welcoming all people; that Hate has no home in Cville, that love is what life is about; and that kindness is everywhere. These are our signs and this is our town. No matter who comes here and tries to proclaim it otherwise. Any town can do this. And we will all stand strong together.