Jan 23, 2017
The Women's March
My previous post concerning the Trump inauguration protests generated some heartfelt comments. One reader was afraid that a loved one would loose her health insurance, without the pre-existing condition coverage provided by the ACA. Although, I had issues with the protests, the validity of her concern cannot be underestimated. Let us hope that any replacement to the Affordable Care Act makes a similar provision.
One reader suggested that such protests define democracy. Another blogger, Chris Casey, a Democrat, commented, I firmly believe in the right of Americans to protest against the Government. But would it not have been more appropriate to protest by actually voting on Election day? I can't help but wonder how many of those who are upset over President Trump did not get off their rear ends and participate in the process. We have the Government we deserve, and we have to live with it....
Considering that many of the protesters began assembling before Trump was even sworn in, many weren't protesting policy, they were protesting the results of democracy. I credit Hillary for attending the inauguration, and saying that she was there to honor our democracy.
Many women that I know and care about attended the Women's March On Washington, or local versions of it. Numerically, the marches were incredibly impressive. I believe that sheer volume alone will make their messages politically relevant. I hope that Trump reaches out and offers some reassurance to these concerned citizens. In turn, I hope they can consider extending some benefit of the doubt.
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