(Photo by Molly Yanity on Jan. 21, 2017 in NYC)
I'm fortunate to live in a place where I can freely love who I want, marry that person and not be discriminated against because of it.
But, this fortune means nothing if I can't breathe the air, drink the water, live without violence and war. It means nothing if I do not have safe shelter, or can't put food on the table.
It means little if women are "less," if votes are manipulated, if journalism is overrun by propaganda, if tyrants rise.
This fortune is only here because all of the other, true American fortunes have been fought and died for, protected and valued. I take none of it for granted.
Memorial Day has nicely segued into Gay Pride Month. Yet, on the same day, the 45th president of the U.S. has withdrawn from the only global attempt to stave off global warming.
As Vice President Mike Pence cast his “Aye” vote for Betsy DeVos, breaking the tie in the U.S. Senate on the billionaire’s confirmation for Secretary of Education, I could feel it.
The result was no surprise. Two Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski -- broke party lines, but for a week, no one else even considered budging. And, the feeling was palpable across social media.
Like air being let out of the balloon. Like a rapid heartbeat slowing to a thump, thump, thump… It was a collective hands-in-the-air, a giving-up – even if temporary.
Dear DSCC members:
Some of you are charged with a critical task at the end of this month when you will cast a vote for the new Democratic National Committee chairperson. I implore you to go against the popular, mainstream choices of Representative Keith Ellison and former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and to elect Pete Buttigieg.
I’m an average citizen, a registered Democrat in District 91, with but one vote. I vote in off-year elections, do my best to pay attention and watched in horror on TV on the night of Nov. 8 as state by state turned red.
There are a thousand reasons why this happened and there will be a thousand more excuses and exclamations of blame. A post-mortem of what happened is critical, but moving forward must be the priority. I believe Mayor Buttigieg is best equipped to do this.
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.