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Why I Marched in The Tax Day March

Why I Marched in The Tax Day March

Why I Marched in The Tax Day March

I marched today because I am in love, not because I am obsessed with Donald Trump's taxes. I am in love with the idea of our democracy and the responsibilities of citizenship. It is because I am moved, in this climate of harshness and disregard for the marginalized among us, to act on powerful feelings about my country. When Draconian cuts and abolition of societal safeguards affect my family, neighbors and community I find the political reality pushing against my own front door.  Therefore, I went into the streets by the breezy bay and joined fellow citizens in expression of that most precious democracy. 

I marched because I have moral concerns about human beings. Living children and adults are as precious to me as the fertilized embryo in the womb. These are my brothers and sisters and my worry relates to protection of life once it is given. To me, paying taxes so that my fellow citizens might have health care makes sense; building up the stock pile of nuclear weapons does not. I have always paid every penny owed in income taxes as a citizen and a sole proprietor of a small business that created a few jobs and it would be encouraging to know that my President has done the same. I want my taxes to pay for clean air for every child to breathe; pure, sweet water for every child to drink and a food supply free from toxic chemicals for everyone to eat. I remember the foul air in Los Angeles during the 1950s that caused our eyes to burn and water. Our throats and little lungs hurt whenever we were visiting our grandmother and I can still remember that pungent odor on a smoggy day. Without rules, how many corporations will voluntarily protect the environment? Making it legal to dump toxic waste in rivers and streams in not the path to encouraging voluntary compliance about what to do with poisonous byproducts of manufacturing, farming, city septic systems, construction, automotive garages, laboratories, or hospitals. You and I know that the environment - which means the dirt in the fields where you live and the water in the lakes or rivers, and the air your breathe while mowing your lawn - is going to be dirtied by relaxed regulations.

 

I want health care for Americans and wonder how it is possible for every other industrialized country on earth to provide the invaluable safety net of health care while we cannot figure out a way to do the same. It is not that we can't. It is the lack of will that lies within those who essentially believe in survival of the fittest. Those who have no regard or respect for the weakest among us express a deep resentment for the existence of vulnerable populations. Don't they know that one's good fortune can be changed in an instant in this life?

And so, I was moved to make a sign and call some friends and drive downtown to join thousands of other citizens marching in my city who feel the same as me. Some 3,000 - 5,000 of us showed up, so I am not special. I am not alone. Yes, we had an election and the Republican party won the White House and control of both the House and the Senate.  Still, we remain a country divided as there are 65,844,954 of us and counting who see our country now as a place in danger of losing its soul.  We marched because we love her. We love the idea that is America.

 

 

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