One of the most inspiring perspectives I’ve seen in a while. I’m so heartsick with Parkland and all. I drop my kids off on Mondays and Tuesdays. This morning my 6 year old asked me if people were cutting other people’s heads off. He’d just listened to it mentioned on a Michael Franti song. They came with me to the march here in Oly. I’m so ambivalent about exposing them to all this news. We have our 7 year old daughter and two foster kids - a 6 year old boy and his 2 year old sister. I fear them being exposed to this information, this violence. On the other hand, we heard some very inspired teens @ the rally and I DEFINITELY want them exposed to that. How to be honest with them, and yet still try to let them be kids. I guess these times are changing things more than I realized.
On the other hand, I wonder it’s all finally coming together. I’ve long thought that the people probably won’t really rise up and take a hold of their government unless they got too uncomfortable. Well, many of us are getting uncomfortable.
If we’re lucky, the bums - billionaire’s, repubs, Democrats (most), have shot themselves in the foot. Maybe they SO fucked up things that now finally, people are beginning to wake. The oligarchs are so short term oriented, they don’t see their greed is forcing their slaves to revolt. They are giving us no choice. They are pushing us up against the wall. Not a smart business model. But then again, the concept of sustainability doesn’t seem to occur to these folks.
Parkland is now a line drawn in the sand. Given the lack of any effective action, it’s predictable the next large tragedy is around the corner. So this ain’t going away. This might even grow - which could eventually make it politically infeasible to keep up the charade.
I’m hoping that these larger marches are a sign of this. We need something more unifying than tweeting back and forth about repubs, dems and third parties. Our country has been paralyzed in all this for far too long.
I’m just praying that we’re going to push back for real now. Don’t think it’s gonna look nice, but god knows it’s been a long time coming. And no, i’m not talking just about guns, but everything.
I’m hoping this Parkland movement will empower the people - embolden them. Then maybe we can now go on to fight the other profound injustices that plague us - and our kids; Education, Black Lives, Equality, Health Care, War, Environment, etc.
Might be wishful thinking. But the sizes of these marches is inspiring us all. Certainly the reverse - inaction - only helps to enforce sedentarism.