Hey there,

I wouldn’t say I am a politics expert, and I know or understand everything about politics, but I have a brain, I have common sense, and my ability to discern right from wrong, wise from foolish are still intact. Like I said before, I don’t need an interpreter or translator to interpret or translate what I have heard and seen during the Trump Era, I understand it all quite fine.

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

– Atticus Finch”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I know what almost happened, and is still at risk of happening. I see how fragile Democracy is (I get it now), and how easily my freedom and my children’s freedom could be taken away from us, because we don’t fit in the right category of people. This is what my white American Republican friends don’t understand about why I don’t see these times the same way they do. 

What I saw serious lack of the last four years, because I started paying attention, is the courage to stand up for what is right when it is very hard to do so; the ability to put feelings aside and discern right from wrong; wisdom, and a yearning to seek and speak the inconvenient truth.

I learned alot about people the last four years; like I said before, I have seen the best and worst of us. What I learned about myself is the kind of person I want to strive to be. I want to always remember and honor those people who spoke the truth when it was inconvenient to do so. Who courageously stepped up and did what was right, when it would have been easier to keep their heads down and hide, or lie and pivot.

I respect those who held the rope of Democracy tight as it started to burn in their hands. Those in the end who stood up against immense pressure and held the line.

Legacies and History Books

These days, it seems a whole host of people who sold their souls do not care about the legacy they will leave behind or how history remembers them. I even started to wonder myself, if it matters how history remembers you anyway. I wonder what these people who traded their soul for what-I-don’t-really-know, what their futures look like. I want to be a partial witness of their fates.

I wonder the same of the heroes who stood up, spoke out and lost alot, I hope they gain so much more than they lost, and I am thankful for what they get to keep, their souls, self-respect, integrity, humanity, etc. Actually, I can already see that they have gained so much more.

My Trump Era Heroes

Here are some of the many names in no particular order of my Trump Era heroes, all are not mentioned here, but they all have a special place in my heart and mind. I will be watching to see what their future holds and I will celebrate every win that comes their way from here on out. 

Some I consider more heroic than others, and some came in at the very end, but they all played a role-bigger, big or small in helping hold the line for American Democracy and my family’ future.

In honor of John Mccain, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elijah Cummings, John Lewis

The Democrats, James Comey, The FBI, The Military, Chris Krebs, Miles Taylor (Anonymous), RVAT (Republican Voters Against Trump), Mary Trump, Alexander Vindman, Fiona Hill, Marie Yavanovitch, Bill Taylor, David Holmes, The Whistle Blowers, The Lincoln Project, MeidasTouch, Anthony Scaramucci (The Mooch), Michael Cohen, Jeff Flake, Justin Amash, Governor Larry Hogan and other Republican Governors who put country first, Front line Workers, Activist, Peaceful Protestors, Twitter Resistors (BrooklynDad_Defiant! @mmpadellan, Joe Walsh @WalshFreedom, John Pavlovitz @johnpavlovitz and many many more) and the list goes on.

(Somewhat) Honorable Mentions- These guys truly surprised me- I want to know more: 

Brian Kemp (Governor of Georgia), Brad Raffensperger (Secretary of State-Georgia), Gabriel Sterling (COO- The Office of the Georgia Secretary of State), Mike Pence (so-so), Bill Barr (for not going all the way, like I feared he would), those who somewhat spoke out after they were fired by Trump. 

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Photo Credits: 

Featured Photo by Jessica Podraza on Unsplash (Heroes for one day), Other Photos by Clay Banks on Unsplash (John Lewis), Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash (essential), Chris Henry on Unsplash (JFK QUOTE)