November 2016


When I started this blog I was determined to keep it focused on our family and keep politics out of it. This was partly because there are so many other venues for political views, and partly because constructive political discourse has vanished from our country during my adult life. I felt that bringing politics into it could unnecessarily alienate people and dilute its purpose. However, I don’t think this separation will be possible anymore because our new president does not treat people with basic human decency or respect, and his behavior reflects an incredible lack of maturity. These are issues that transcend political ideology and violate the values of our family. We will not be able to ignore them. We do not tolerate this type of behavior in our house, and our children will not be allowed to model it. In fact, we may use it as an example of some of the worst kinds of behavior we can imagine. I am deeply saddened and sickened that this is the state of the American presidency. And I have never been so ashamed of my country in my life.
There will be activism in our future. There may be protests and civil disobedience to defend human rights. We may get arrested, and there may be legal consequences for us. At every step we will carefully evaluate our actions to be reasonably sure that our efforts are not wasted and are worth the potential costs, but we must make it clear to our children that we will not be bystanders when our government has violated the ideals of our country. We will write about these experiences on this blog and we hope that you continue to read it.
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