Personal Contributions (How I Resist)

Warning… rare political rant…

A banner unfurled by Greenpeace demonstrators that reads “Resist” is seen near the White House in Washington, DC, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The mantra of the political left in the USA for the past 18 months has been “r-e-s-i-s-t”, meaning

a resistance movement is simply that; it seeks to resist (change) the policies of a government or occupying power. This may be accomplished through violent or non-violent means.

Now, before you go casting me as a “snowflake” or a pejorative label, “liberal,” consider that I am a firm believer in the founding father’s fundamental principles of what the USA is all about: a representative democracy. I am a patriot. But being so does not mean that…

…I have to accept the crap going on from the world’s Embarrassment-in-Chief (EIC) who occupies the White House, or the cronies he appointed to office that are collectively destroying my country’s environment.

Quoting from an article in the New York Times of February 14, 2017:

What do we do now?” Resist, we told them. Be informed about your rights, join the masses, register to vote or get others to vote. It’s a daily mental practice to galvanize yourself and to remind yourself to not become acclimated to this barrage of executive orders and then people being stripped of their rights because that is not what this country was founded on, and we should be moving forward not backwards. And that is why we all have to get out … and act.

That is what I am doing by action and deed.

Instead of screaming on social media and “sharing” the meme-of-the-hour or attending almost weekly protests on the streets of Washington, DC, I actively contribute to building a better tomorrow.

I reached out and became a volunteer at the largest Muslim Community Center in my area. I did that because of how nasty the EIC has been toward people who adhere to Islam in their religious beliefs. I taught lessons to help those who would be taking the U.S. citizenship test so they could pass it. All of my students did, and took the Oath of Allegiance in May to become some of our nation’s newest citizens.

Further, I was recruited and participated with doing the same thing — teaching civics and history — for a large Hispanic Community Center just down the road from where I live. I taught classes bilingually in English and Spanish. Of 41 people I taught, all of them also successfully passed the citizenship test and also took the Oath of Allegiance and became U.S. citizens in May or June.

I also advocated for my local government to provide legal resources for those who are in my country in an undocumented status to get help to be able to stay here, legally. Don’t give me crap about “illegals need to go home.” They have no “home” other than where they grew up — around the corner and up the street from me. They need a path to citizenship. Lord knows they’ve paid a hefty price to be here. (And they pay taxes! Again, don’t give me shit that we are giving them everything and they provide nothing!)

But what I am most proud of in my direct action is that during this past week, my home state has had early voting in advance of our state’s primary election coming up on June 26. Each day of the past 7 days, I educated a lot of people on how to determine for whom to vote, then escorted or provide directions to the early voting centers.

During this past week, I take responsibility for getting (or taking) 101 people to vote. 58 of them were first-time voters as new citizens. The remainder were my senior pals who have been voting since the mid 1900s. I also voted, too.

I consider delivering 101 votes to our primary elections to be my main method of resistance. That is resistance by positive action. Scream all you want, but delivering service to others is a far better way of proving value to society.

Life is short: be a man (or woman) of resistance action.