Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Crossing the Line




A long time ago, one of our favorite bloggers advised me that this blog belonged to me. I would decide what was posted. So keeping that in mind, I am crossing the line, firmly and directly and then I will step back to the Meredith you all know.

I have not been sleeping well and then I sleep far too deeply. Both are signs of the issues swirling around me. I decided if I was to be honest with all of you, I would need to do one post about something far more important to me than spanking.

I am a Patriot and love my country deeply. I have voted as a  Republican and Democrat and believe an independent viewpoint leads to the best decisions when I face the ballot box. Right now, things are going out of control. We have a shameless President and a spineless Congress. We are a population not feeling secure or protected by the person who promised to do so and the same person who took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Our intelligence gathering agencies have been humiliated by a person who chooses to believe a tyrant.

The time for action in the form of protests is now at hand. The will of the people will be heard and this man at the top needs to go.

Feel free to respond but respectfully. Feel free to move on. You have a choice as well. Silence reflects acceptance of what is occurring. Silence now means you are not willing to acknowledge your own sense of privilege. Your privilege allows you to sit back and wish we would all shut up. I love my country too much to remain silent even here on this ttwd blog. I join bloggers Ronnie and Sunny. They needn't stand alone in this fight. 





In case you do not know who this wonder woman is, she is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and she is almost single-handed protecting the rights of women in this country. RBG believes our bodies and the decisions concerning those bodies belong individually to each of us. I hold her dear and respect her totally. 






So things are on ttwd/Jack and Meredith front are fine and moving right along. Jack and I welcome our ttwd friends here for a fun visit on Sunday. I am hoping I will sleep better. 

I ask you to think about privilege, the acceptance of the differences between one another and this "notorious" great American.

I love my country!

Meredith




39 comments:

  1. I have had some of the most difficult discussions in my life these past several months. I feel that I am kind and that I am a good listener especially when engaging in political discourse.... but that favor is almost never returned. What I don't understand is why the people that voted for this president are still so very angry .... their guy won.... shouldn't they be happy? Many are spiteful. I won't stoop to any of their levels and I won't tell them off even though I could do so in a halfway intelligent manner. People need to learn how to discuss things calmly. I get offended and hurt by people all the time, but I don't say anything. I just keep going, but I am finding myself spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted with all of this stuff going on in our country and even among our own friends and family. I will rest, but I will not be quiet. Meredith, I am with you. Thank you for this important post. Windy

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    1. Windy,
      Thank you for crossing the line for me. I agree with all you have written and pray for November to come and fast.
      M

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  2. Hi Meredith, We understand completely. Things over here have taken a turn for the worse. To be honest I think our Prime minister is only still there because there is no one any better to replace her! She is hanging on by her fingernails and messing up our exit from the EU a little bit more each day. I cannot believe Mr Trump is still there after the things he says, he comes across as such an idiot. It must be a very precarious situation to be in. hugs
    love Jan, xx

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    1. Jan,
      How sweet of you to jump into the American mess. His recklessness is a threat to national security, A mess for you as well. Thank you for crossing the line to me.
      C

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  3. I agree with you Meredith, these times are extremely frightening on so many levels. It is definitely not the time to keep quiet, silence is consent as you’ve said. What I find helps is the knowledge that this is not the first, nor will it be the last frightening and discouraging time. There is hope and always light, and one way or another we persevere and get through it, and then deal with the aftermath. Whats concerning is that we continue to go backwards, progress being undone, obvious prejudices at the forefront, priorites askew. People will pay the price for this vote in a very big way, I just hope they realize it...’somethings gotta give’.

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    1. Laurel, I so value your opinion in all this. There is a price to be paid for sure. Thank you for crossing the line.
      M

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  4. I know the American people have been lied to before by a president, but the sheer number and audacity of his lies are unprecedented. I taught history. I remember telling my students of a time of extreme hardship throughout the world, a world wide depression. All countries sought to find good leadership. Two men rose to power both saying they could help their countries out of their problems. Germany elected Hitler and the US elected FDR. Both men believed, both freely elected. Maybe we were just lucky. But evidently our luck ran out.

    This fool admires male dictators, Putin and Kim, while disrespecting the democratic, female leaders of Germany and Great Britain. His disrespect for the Queen of England also spoke volumes. Many say they like his strong stance and policies. To be honest if his policies were the best, it wouldn't change the fact that he is a horrible human being and a traitor to our country.

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    1. PK,
      Your eloquent comment shows us so many things. History and what makes a decent human being and the way the Queen was treated ............ are the center of your comment. Thank you for crossing the line for me.
      M

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  5. As you well know Mere I have been against this person since before he took office. His actions always spoke volumes during his campaign and he certainly offered no surprises in the 600+ days he's occupied the WH.

    The complicit spineless politicians that allow him to continue only hurt themselves because I can't believe anyone would vote for them again - but then the AIC still has stalworth supporters, I know not how.

    Thank you Mere for this, I've been preaching so long I'm not sure anyone pays any attention to me anymore but I can't stop in the off chance that I might reach just one person.

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    1. Sunny,
      I so appreciate you crossing the line for me. It means a lot. The spinelss, complicit Republicans better watch out. It is an exacting, explosive time.
      M

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  6. I understand your pain, Meredith. Not sure if you saw my comment on Ronnies post ... what worries me the most is the degree of divisiveness ... and it's spread north of the border ... hugs! .. nj

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    1. NJ,
      We need to listen to one another and someday that might make all the difference in the healing. However, many remain silent.
      M

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  7. Mere, we have problems over here too but at least it stems from weak leadership, which can be overcome. I don’t understand how 45 still has so many admirers when he so clearly is a stranger to the truth and puts his own interests before those of his country. Dangerous times.
    Rosie xx

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    1. Rosie,
      His base carries him, but his base is NOT the majority. November elections are coming. Things will change. You are correct. He has an aversion to the truth. I thank you for corossing the line to me.
      M

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  8. I couldn't believe what he was saying at the press conference with Putin.
    I was going to mention the UK and the mess we are in with Brexit but Jan has already mentioned it. A total mess with it as Rosie says, stems from poor and weak leadership.

    I asked a question to a comment to my Trump post. If, in their opinion, would he run for a second term - answer - there is a technicality that a person can't run for president while in prison.....and hopefully that's where he will be before 2020.

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

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  9. Ronnie,
    You had me laughing out loud. No, he cannot run for office from his prison cell! However, his prison jump suit can match his complexion and that would be funny. Both our countries are in a fine fix. Thank you for crossing the line for me. You set a fine example for me to simply follow.
    M

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  10. if anyone belongs in prison it's Hillary Clinton.


    L.

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    1. 1. Your guy won! Why aren't you happy about that? Instead you are mad at the person who lost? Hilarious!

      2. If your guy had his way with limiting free speech and diddling with the First Amendment, you wouldn't be able to even type your opinion about Hillary Clinton.

      3. There are a lot of people that should be in jail that are not. Your guy has captured little brown children in jail in Texas instead.

      4. This piece of advice is for Meredith. “Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf...That advice has stood me in good stead. Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.” (bloggers/readers in your case, M.) Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

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  11. Meredith, I agree this is a time for action. I've been marching, writing emails, and calling senators and representatives. I do think there is a higher level of attention and engagement around policies right now, especially among young people. I hope that level of attention and involvement will continue regardless of our next President. I hold on to that as a silver lining to the infuriating actions of 45 and congress. EL

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    1. EL,
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment and for crossing the line to me. I hold on to that silver lining as well.
      M

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  12. With you, my friend, including the sleepless nights. I often wish I could actively do more but I will be voting for sure (haven't missed a vote since I was of age), and I admit, my FB page sometimes dabbles in the political arena. I find it incredible that our country is in the situation it is in and that there are people who actually defend him. UG. Please rest assured you are not alone - just reading everyone's comments has lightened my heart just a bit. Sending hugs.

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    1. Deena,
      Thank you for crossing the line to me. I agree with all you have said and then some. We will make it out of this mess. And you, I understand, are having a wonderful adventure. Hooray!
      M

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  13. Thank you! First time commenting (still a lurker, hoping to be brave enough soon), but I love this post! Glad to see Strong! US patriots standing up to what I call "that idiot south of us!"

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  14. Annon,
    Thank you for commenting and for crossing the line to me. Now send me an email as there is nothing scary about going that. Email address on the blog.
    Meredith

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    1. You have insightful commenters and I am heartened to see so many crossing the line. Just to prove I stand with you, I sent you an email.

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  15. Speaking up in the face of corruption and evil are amongst the most important things any of us can do in public life. Donald Trump's visit here in Scotland filled me with horror. Everyone and everything seemed ugly and out of sorts. It was such a relief when he left. But we are now dealing with our own problems of electoral fraud and the mess of its making. It is time for us all to stand quietly and firmly for what is right. Thank you for being willing to speak up. N

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    1. Thank you for crossing the line. I totally agree that it is time to speak out and loudly too. I appreciate your support.
      M

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  16. Thank you all for your eloquence. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    I’ve always had great faith that our country revolves in cycles, a little more liberal, a little more conservative, but I have never seriously feared for our future. I do now. It’s a deep, always present fear and worry for my children and yours, my grandchildren, and yours. I was up at 2am anxious and trying to solve the problems of the world all by myself.

    I know many/most agree with me. The only solution is to get out the democratic vote for mid term elections and stop this man and his cohorts.

    He is undoing the progress of our land and the world and it could take generations to reverse the evil he has his mind set on.

    When bigotry and fascism and anti Semitiism and xenophobia and racism are acceptable behaviors in the United States, it is the undoing of all of us.

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    1. Jackie,
      His time may in fact be nearing an end. Thank you for crossing the line and your insightful comment.
      M

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  17. We are in perilous times for sure. The only good I see coming from all this is that people are waking up and realizing our political system is utterly broken. We the people are not represented, we are used - and it has to stop before things fly out of control. We have to listen to each other and accept differences, and keep listening, and most importantly, model that for the next generation. What they see modeled by politicians is outrageous! My hope is that more dialogue continues and we come together as citizens to change the current situation from the grassroots level, up. The top down approach has gone on way too long!!! ~ Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer,
      Glad you wrote on the blog. I so agree with you as it is a time for talking to one another. Thank you for crossing the line to me.
      M

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  18. Hi Mere,
    Gosh. I find this a difficult time for everyone. I am sure you are aware of some of my political beliefs.
    This era is a very contentious time. It seems that is hard to filter through the miasma of negativity and mis-information whirling about. The nuances of political and personal beliefs have become battle grounds. Many of us retreat because we can’t imagine how to listen to the news and converse reasonably with everyone. Attacking has taken the place of conversation. I have seen it in people who are actually more like minded than not. However-often people attack others on both sides without listening. I once heard a gentleman say that when you wish to change anothers' view you must cross over and find a common outlook.
    A while back I listened to a Time Magazine panel. A very prominent educator spoke about freedom of speech being a pivotal necessity so that we never lose our ability to seek the truth. That freedom to converse and hear things that may be antithetical to our own personal moral barometer is important. But he insisted there needed to be a place without aggression and anger.
    Maybe I am different in how I see things but we must find a way to get past the anger in this country. Just because there are some who want different things does not mean they agree with the person who says outrageous and most times tries to hide the truth. As a matter of fact- in quiet conversation with people on both sides of the political divide I see truth in common thought.

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    1. Minelle,
      Your words speak right to the heart of the matter. I am really addressing those who say nothing when in these perilous times, speaking out is essential. Thank you for corssing the line to me. I appreciate it.
      M

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    2. Yesterday my sil spoke about how she was angrily attached in public with a very upset family member. They are ultra liberal and wouldn’t even listen to her but perceived where she would have stood on an issue. She is both liberal and traditional with some views. His words were ugly and caused her to retreat. This is what cannot happen. We need respect. Some people cannot Have these conversations. He pre judged. But whatever way we choose to make our way is important.

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  19. Meredith, I have followed your blog since it began (the proximity of our...er...youngness spoke to me immediately.) Thank you for your blog, and thank you so much for this post. When we have "silent" members of Congress, supposedly representing us, then WE must speak out, particularly to the "quiet" ones. Their silence, in the face of terrible inhumanities being inflicted to "protect" our country, makes those who are silent complicit. I believe in the ultimate good of people, and pray that good people will make certain their voices are heard, in November and beyond. Thank you again for your blog, and for this post.

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  20. Dear Annon,
    Please consider writing to me personally as my email is on the blog. It most certainly is time to spreak out. In fact, it is way past time to speak out. Those who remian silent are complicit. Thank you for corssing the line to me and thank you for reading the blog from the beginning. Now let's get to know one another. Please write.
    M

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  21. This whole post very much resonates with me. I tend to believe most people are good. Moving from a pretty open and diverse area to one that tends to be more homogenous and traditional has taught me that many are ignorant, not hateful. But ignorance is not an acceptable excuse, and it is not okay.

    This country is divided, as if there are only two options out there. Us or them, blue or red, conservative or liberal. As long as we keep this mentality, nothing will change. And for the first time, I am truly scared of what I am witnessing. It is hard to remain vigilant, to keep resisting, but you have to. There's a weekly list I subscribe to that gives actions you can take if you choose to. It helps me, because its all so overwhelming.

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    1. Lea,
      Thank you for your honest comment. I, too, am feeling frightened and scared about this situation. We all need to speak up and out. To not do so is complicit. Right? Thank you for crossing the line to me as we speak up and out.
      Meredith

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  22. Liberals are so very hateful in their words and actions these days. It is sad.

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