This is what democracy looks like

A funny thing happened on the way from the Presidential Election – I realized I had been a terrible citizen.

Tell me I’ve been focused on my first world problems. Tell me my privilege is showing. Tell me I am “blissfully unaware of most things” (still one of my favorite Manic Mommies reviews).

I agree.

I read, a bit. I was informed on the issues, kind of. I watched press conferences, debates and addresses, infrequently. I had opinions, but not enough facts.

I trusted, too much. Assumed, too much. Ignored, too much. Believed, too much. Listened, too little. Acted, too infrequently.

But that has all started to change.

Today I am a subscriber and daily reader of the Wall Street Journal, as well as frequent reader, watcher and listener of several other news sources. Not because I want to, but because it’s too easy to get stuck in a bell jar made up of articles from just one point of view.

Today I am one who tries to listens to those contradictory comments coming through my social media feeds. Not because I want to, but because I have to try to understand why so many felt that the current administration was the right choice for their families, their communities and our country.

Today I am one who watched the Presidential Inauguration, as well as follows @POTUS on Twitter. Not because I want to, but because I need to take advantage of the opportunity to see what those who have been charged with leading our country for the next four years are thinking, unfiltered.

Today I am one who marched with millions of women and men in Boston and around the world, including our daughter. Not because I wanted to, but because I have to make sure that our state and local representatives understand that we look to them to be our voice. I also had to be there to show my daughter that anything worth believing in is worth our time, our attention, and a little bit of discomfort.

Today I am one who is looking at what else I can do, starting with helping amplify the messages from this weekend’s march through the 10 Actions for the first 100 Days campaign. Not because I want to, but because I have to make sure that the work started this weekend continues and that I don’t slip back into my old ways.

Because that’s what democracy looks like.

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2 thoughts on “This is what democracy looks like

  1. Fabulous post! We all need to be role models like you are–not only for our daughters, but also for our sons. Our sons are also watching and learning. #staynoisy


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