Remaining Silent No More

This is what I shared on Facebook. Grateful for all the comments, likes, and shares. (And yes, even the comments that challenge this post because that’s what we do, we enter into dialogue. Agree or not agree, respect is the most important)

I have remained virtually silent about the election because I didn’t want to offend anyone. But all that keeps going through my head is the poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller, “First they came for…” I can’t remain silent anymore when I come out of Shabbat services and am overwhelmed by the news once again of Donald Trump’s misogynistic comments. I cannot remain silent and have my children think their mother does not care.

To Dahvi, you are strong, powerful and can do and become whatever you desire. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you are property or something to be flaunted.

To Yoni, you will soon stand on the bima as a Bar Mitzvah declaring your status as a young adult. Remember to always speak out for justice for all people and never let anyone degrade you or anyone else you love or anyone for that matter.

I cannot remain silent, yet I know I cannot say this from the pulpit, but we cannot allow Donald Trump to become our next President! You may not agree with Hillary Clinton, and no one is perfect, but we have a duty to ensure that our country is strong and not ruled by someone who thinks he can treat women however he wants and do whatever he wants to them because he has money and is a celebrity. And please, on November 8, don’t say there is no candidate to vote for and decide to stay home. Because if you do, then Trump could very well become the next President.

Vote! Do not remain silent but also, don’t let such a hate filled, bigoted, misogynistic, self-centered individual turn our country into his country club where he feels that just because of who he is he can do whatever he wants. No, Donald Trump will not make our country great again. So I’m going to say it, I’m with her! I’m with Hillary because I can’t remain silent any longer. You can unfriend me if you like, but for my children, for my family, for my friends, for our country, it’s time for me to not remain silent because who knows who will be left to speak for me?