FOUNDING FATHERS IN THE DAYS OF COMEY
BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS
Like 20 million others I got up early to watch the Comey testimony on Thursday. I was glued to every single world.
Two things stood out to me – as a mother of five and a wife. When I ask everyone else to leave the room to speak to my husband, one of my kids , a friend, or for a business meeting. I know exactly what I’m doing. I’m asking everyone else to leave the room so no one else will hear or know what I am talking about. I’m asking everyone else to leave the room because I want to keep this conversation secret.
The other thing that stuck with me was a statement made by Senator Kamela Harris. “When a robber held a gun to somebody’s head and said, ‘I hope you will give me your wallet,’ the word ‘hope‘ was not the most operative word at the moment,”
I watched the testimony for the same reason I think so many others watched the testimony. I love this country, I love the founding principals of this country and I want some reassurance that the checks and balances with the three branches of government are working. The founding fathers were adamant that the executive branch and the role of the President is nothing like a King. The President serves the people, and is by no means omnipotent or above the law. Samuel Adams in the 1722 said “ If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men should possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of it’s experienced patriots to prevent it’s ruin”
Samuel Adams is calling out to every single one of us to protect our country that we hold so dear. And that does NOT mean trashing the other party. Republicans and Democrats need to hold hands and kick some ass. As my Grandma Tula would have said “there is fox guarding the chicken coop”
How do we get the fox out? First let’s not use his name. Number 45 is addicted to publicity, and creates chaos to get it. Second, be diligent and demand leadership instead of politics from your elected officials.
But the most important thing we can do in this time of political turmoil is to “stay calm and carry on”. Don’t let this political drama consume you. Set a timer if you need to on how long you will talk about this each day. And when the timer goes off stop talking about it and instead talk about a play you saw, or a book you read. Go out and support the Arts. The Arts help us process what is going on and see problems with fresh eyes.
Samuel Adams said “It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Artist are often the ones setting these brushfires.
Go to a play this week with a friend who mights not share your opinions, as Thomas Jefferson said “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend”
United we stand…..divided is not an option.