Fear of the unknown

November 22, 1963 – John F. Kennedy is assassinated.

February 21, 1965 – Malcolm X is assassinated.

April 4, 1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated.

June 5, 1968 – Robert Kennedy is assassinated.

In the span of five years the citizens of the United States lived through four very traumatic assassinations. I was two years old when JFK was assassinated and seven when his brother Robert was killed by Sirhan Sirhan.

I remember nothing about this period of time but I imagine for my parents and other adults it was a period of great concern for this country. How couldn’t it be? A President, two African-American leaders and the second coming of Camelot all killed in five years.

On this day that we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. I thought about all the fear of the unknown that must have taken place during this period of time. American citizens had to have been concerned about the future. African-Americans must have not only wondered why but wondered what did it all mean. Their lives, their rights were teetering on the edge and now their leaders, their spokesmen were gone.

I think many of us, given the current political climate, have a fear of the unknown. In four days we will have a new President and we will lose the calm, rational voice of President Obama, a man who I not only admire but appreciate for the stability he has brought to this country. Our new President is hell-bent on unraveling everything President Obama did in eight years. It has all the appearances and smells of a personal vendetta and we, you and I, are just the pawns as he rights the wrongs he perceives as slights to his ego.

I don’t know why the American memory is so short. Eight years ago this country was on the brink of financial failure. When I remind Trump supporters of this fact their response is typically “Oh it wasn’t that bad”. My friend who owns a construction company and voted for Trump had zero work through the recession, none. A recession brought about not by President Obama but his predecessor. He got rid of all of his employees and burned through his savings to keep his family and business afloat. Four years of nothing but twiddling his thumbs.

But through the policies and actions of President Obama his business is booming once again. You would think he would be thankful, instead he bitches about taxes, government red tape, supreme court justices, and on and on. Four years ago he was on the brink of extinction now he is planning a two-week trip to Hawaii. Such a short memory.

Martin Luther King Jr. said “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. Now is not the time to grow silent my friends, now is not the time to let the fear of the unknown push us down. Trump did not win by a popular majority which means he doesn’t have the support of the majority of Americans nor does he have a mandate of change. Maybe you think your vote didn’t count but your voice still does and combined with all the other voices we can make a difference.

To learn more about how we can band together and make a difference click here: INDIVISIBLE:A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.



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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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14 Responses to Fear of the unknown

  1. Suze says:

    reblogging. this is extremely important

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Nan says:

    Reblogged this on Nan's Notebook and commented:
    If you are ANTI-TRUMP … you need to read this as well as the referenced Guide.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. mwdunham says:

    Monochromatic environment – Take inventory of those closest to you. The people you can call and won’t be surprised to hear your voice. The people you can count on and can count on you. Do they all look like you? Are they all the same race, religion, sexual orientation, political party, economic status? We’ve come a long way, let’s not go back. Keep moving forward.
    #monochromaticissostifling #Hescallingushigher
    Leviticus 19:33-34 When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

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  4. Outstanding post! Completely concur on all points! Thank you. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Terrific post. I downloaded the guide last week. Great stuff.

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  6. Followed your link for “Indivisible”….lo and behold there is a connection in my lil podunk, redneck, Obama-hating town. Thank you. Had to travel 30 miles this morning to find a MLK march and celebration(please don’t tell my neighbors)and it was exactly what my soul needed.

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  7. Thanks for the link, captain. I’m in 100% agreement with this post.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Scottie says:

    Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    Thank you for a well written and much needed post. I feel a slight bit more reassured when I know others have the idea of standing up and not letting the more vulnerable among us be harmed without a fight. We must not forget what is normal, what is right, what is expected. When all that is proper is trashed by the few, it is for the majority to stand up as a group and say it won’t be accepted. tRump got away with all he did due to the short memories of some, the long racism of others, and the disregard of his life and actions by those who wanted him to favor their single issue. He played them all while never hiding what he was. It was right there for everyone to see, but so many simply did not care. I also am not discounting the fake news stories and the false equivalencies of the media which equated a trumped up email scandal with true scandals of tRump. By pretending that both sides had equal deficiencies the media kept their income coming in while they lead the public to a totally erroneous conclusion. Lastly I want to address those who voted against their own interest, the things that mattered most to them because they were angry at the DNC for perceived bias in the primary. First the fact is that Hillary got over 11 million more votes than Bernie did. Second Bernie wanted the resources and attention of a party he refused to join. He was not a democrat, not before, not during , and not after. He should have run on the party he was, an independent. SO those who either refused to vote or threw their vote away for a candidate who couldn’t win simply voted for trump. That was the effect of their actions. Now of the two which one would better fit their interests. It sure is not tRump, who is busy dismantling everything Bernie was in favor of. Hugs

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