! Two Thumbs Up for Democracy !

Can you imagine NOT being able to say what you think about the government?

Any government for that matter?

How scary is Trump?

Well, he’s awful, demoralizing, unrepresentative, and destructive to policies that protect our civil rights and our environment, our financial futures and our children’s, and the civil aspects of our social contract. He encourages sexist, racist, undisciplined and unwise thinking and behavior. But I'm not scared of him. I'm not even scared of the people who are afraid to admit they made a mistake by supporting him and voting for him. Or those who still feel like he's their man. They are unwell in my view. Unreasonable. Whether they have a "Come to Jesus" moment or not is not my business. It's their's. My business is to know how I feel, manage said internal life and be a person that I like.

So far, Trump has not taken away our legal right to say whatever we want to say about him and his corrupt, chaotic administration. Nor has he taken away our right to express our opinions about Putin or any other such lousy-ass person.

They look like fools. They are depraved egomaniacs. The body language is small and scared, especially when posturing.

I am so grateful to have had the luck to be born in the U.S. of A. so I can still say this instead of letting my fear fester, poisoning my insides or even worse, leaking out and leading me to prison or death for saying shit about tyrants.

I agree with Ms. Patti Smith about people having the power.

We have…The power to dream to rule
To wrestle the world from fools
It' s decreed the people rule
It' s decreed the people rule
I believe everything we dream
Can come to pass through our union
We can turn the world around
We can turn the earth' s revolution
We have the power
People have the power

I saw a young woman outside the Rockridge BART station with a t-shirt that read, “Able & Willing to Rebuild.”

I’m strong. I have heart. I am full of love for this life and this country.

I’m ready and able to rebuild.

As Joan Rivers says, “Oh, Grow up!”