We interrupt our regularly scheduled Autumn and Family-themed programming for a special public service announcement . . . .
This site and my writing normally focus on positive and happy things. My “Little Red Bear” books are light reading for enjoyment, with lessons for children and all ages where Little Red Bear and his friends happily live side-by-side with humans, interacting and cooperating as equals. But sometimes, circumstances demand something different. This is one of those times where I am writing for the adults.
The Presidential Election in this country is rapidly approaching. For each of us, for our families, for future generations, for the environment, and for the world at large — what is at stake and the importance of this election cannot be overstated. And the whole world is watching to see what we do, hoping the United States can regain its sanity.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
I generally steer clear and do not get into politics, and will not waste my time or energy engaging anyone in a debate. But at such an extraordinary time as this to remain silent may be construed to imply consent, and that would not be accurate. The “official” election day is approaching very soon. Many are already voting around the country in record numbers. As is customary here, I have avoided getting into the election year melee, not to add to the noise level.
But, at a juncture so critical to the future of this country and the world, in case there is any doubt about where I stand on the issues confronting us individually and collectively at this time, for the record —
- I believe in Science, and that Climate Change and Global Warming are real, and that our actions and decisions and lack thereof are the greatest and determining drivers in climate change. And I do not think the dedicated scientists working to save the environment and to save us from a rampaging pandemic are “idiots.”
- I believe that the lives of future generations and the natural world depend on our actions right now because we are rapidly approaching a tipping point in the climate from which there will be no return.
- I believe that denying climate change and indisputable science is to condemn countless species to extinction and to leave future generations to live in an unrecognizable world. I believe that what we do in the next twenty years will determine the future for all life on Earth.
- I believe that wearing a mask to protect others and to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, in no way constitutes an infringement on my freedom or individual rights, any more so than obeying speed limits, wearing seatbelts, stopping at stoplights, not driving on sidewalks, not running around naked, or having to refrain from urinating in public. Some things are simply common sense, folks.
- I believe that purposefully misleading the public about a deadly health crisis and world pandemic, the public that one is sworn to protect, for purposes of personal and political gain is criminally negligent. Over 222,000 deaths and charges against so far, and counting. Over 222,000 lives lost. Over 222,000 families whose lives are changed forever. Over 222,000 whose loved ones were not allowed to be at bedside to say goodbye. Over 100,000 small businesses closed and gone forever. It was not “a Democratic hoax” and it did not “miraculously disappear.” It was a clear dereliction of duty and shameful failure to fulfill the sworn duties of the office of President.
- I believe that leaders should lead by and set a positive example not only for children but also for everyone, as they set the course and tone of our country.
- I believe that to encourage and empower hate groups is detestable, and to directly share in the blame and consequences of whatever actions result.
- I believe there needs to much more kindness, compassion, and forgiveness in the world, with much less judgment, prejudice, and exclusion.
- I believe in inclusion and acceptance, and that diversity makes us stronger. I believe in Unity over Division.
- I believe that “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”, and denounce those who seek to divide us for personal or political gain, for in doing so they weaken the fabric of the nation and imperil us all.
- I believe in the importance of family, regardless of how it may be configured. Love is Love and the world needs more of it.
- I believe that everyone, without exception, is “created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Everyone.
- I believe in the Constitution, Three Branches of Government, and the Seperation of Powers as established by the Founding Fathers of this country. No one branch is or should be above the others.
- I believe it is way past time to do away with the antiquated Electoral College which disenfranchises all but battleground state voters, and am tired of witnessing presidential candidates win elections for the highest office who are incapable of winning the overall popular vote.
- I believe that respect is earned, not bestowed by title.
- I believe that anyone in public office who puts their own interest above the general good and betrays the public trust has forfeited their right to hold office. At any level of government.
- I believe that true leaders lead from the front, accept responsibility and not seek to blame others, carry water for their people, and eat last.
- I believe in honoring those who have gone before, sacrificed, and continue to place themselves in harm’s way today while serving to protect and insure the safety of others and our country. They are heroes, not “suckers.”
- I believe in civility, fundamental decency, truth, honesty, character, and integrity.
- I believe in respecting the rights of others, including immigrants seeking a better life and opportunity. Just like it says on the Statue of Liberty.
- I believe that separating immigrant families is unjustified, indefensible, and reprehensible. As of this date, after three years the parents of 545 migrant children still cannot be located to reunite families, with many parents having been deported without their children. To help visualize, 545 children is about eight (8!) school bus loads! What kind of person does this, and what does this say about our country and us? Tap here for more information.
- I believe in the “American Spirit” and our ability to handle the hard truths, come together to make the difficult choices, to do the right thing, overcome any challenge, and to Build Back Better.
- I believe in working together to make positive changes to make the world a better place — for Everyone and Everthing Everywhere.
- I believe everyone and everything is connected, and that it is time for the United States of America to become United once again, to resume our role as leader and shining example of the Free World, and not turn a blind eye to oppression, injustice, or suffering, nor to abandon allies.
- I believe the world is full of goodhearted people who all share the same basic common desires for happiness, good health, an opportunity to prosper and do well for their families, avoid suffering, and for Peace.
- I believe that basically, from the aspect of shared human values, we are all the same the world over, regardless of boundaries, history, continents, culture, or beliefs.
- I believe we are all one and that whatever happens to or for one of us anywhere affects us all.
- I believe in Hope.
- I believe in placing the needs of Country over Party.
- I believe it is time for us all to take personal responsibility for what is going on in this country.
- I believe it is past time to set provincialism aside and become citizens of the World.
- I believe it is time to Live and Be the Change we wish to see in the World.
Do you notice any country and “leader” notably missing from the “Leaders’ Pledge for Nature” list in this video? How have we gone so quickly from being a world leader for positive change to being totally Missing In Action on the global scene?
If not obvious from the above, I believe in and have already voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the coming election. I strongly urge others to consider doing likewise for the safety and sake of us all. And for the survival of nature and the planet to which we are all so intimately connected and dependent upon. It is a question about our very survival. Nature does not need humans. Humans need Nature in order to survive.
I urge you to visit my new page “Nature Speaks About Environmental Conservation, Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Mother Earth” to learn more!
Voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is less about policy, politics, or ideology. It is first and foremost about Leadership and my belief that they are best suitable and able to make and bring about a significant and immediate change of direction in the country for the future betterment of both our nation and the world.
I believe that as a nation we have suffered thru a despicable and almost inconceivable failure of leadership the past four years on both the Presidential and Congressional levels. We deserve and must demand better, and then hold those who we put in office accountable in the future.
You may disagree and that is perfectly fine as it is your right to do so. We have freedom of choice and it is a free country. For the time being.
I have never formally aligned myself directly with any political party, but tended to lean more Republican than Democrat in the past, until 2008. The Republican party of “Compassionate Conservatism” is long gone, and I no longer recognize the party I once knew, nor will I allow myself to be a part of the divisiveness, selfishness, abuse of power, and hate-mongering that is going on now. George H. W. Bush’s hopeful “Thousand Points of Light” have been replaced by this president’s thousand glittering rifle barrels of the Proud Boys, KKK, and other emboldened hate groups.
Republican “leaders” at every level who have marched in lockstep and empowered this President are as complicit and as much to blame for the current situation and lack of leadership as he is, and must be held accountable to the people they represent.
“In long intervals, I have expressed an opinion on public issues whenever they appeared to me so bad and unfortunate that silence would have made me feel guilty of complicity.” — Albert Einstein
I encourage everyone to exercise their right to VOTE no matter how cumbersome the process, how deceiving the disinformation, or difficult the circumstance.
Voting is not only our guaranteed constitutional right, it is also an obligation and our duty in a free society. Too many have sacrificed too much over the years to protect that right. And those who sacrificed and gave all were not” losers.”
The choice could not be more clear and I truly believe the outcome of this Presidential Election will determine the future course of our country, the environment, and the world, for better or worse, and that the results will be far-reaching and echo thru time.
We must set aside personal ideologies and political party affiliations. We must come together now to do what is necessary in order to change the world to come in a positive way, securing the environment and future for generations to follow.
This Presidential Election must be an overwhelming repudiation of what we have witnessed and lived thru the last four years. We must speak with one unified and very loud voice for everyone in the world to hear — We Are Better Than This!
Future generations will look back on the past four years and on this administration and pandemic and wonder what in the world the people back then were thinking.
We will be judged by either our courage and determination to confront the issues and make the necessary changes now, or by our unfathomable failure to do so, mindlessly following along like lemmings over the cliff. Our generation will be held responsible for the consequences of this election, one way or the other.
We were preceeded by “The Greatest Generation.” How will our generation choose to be remembered?
I urge everyone to “Vote As If Your Life And The Future Depended On It.” Because this time and most clearly — they do. And there are over 222,000 reasons why. Tragically, there will be even more tomorrow.
All elections are important. But some seem to be more impactful and consequential than others. I firmly believe this to be the most consequential election in my lifetime. And being seventy years old, I have seen more than a few.
Please make no mistake — this Presidential Election is about the very soul of our nation. It is about Who We Are as Americans — you, me, the guy next door, and every one of us. It is about what we believe our country should be and stand for. It is a stark choice between the darkness of bigotry, oppression, and hatred; or the light of hope, kindness, and compassion. You know where I stand now.
Writing this today — I Still Believe In A Bright Future.
But We Must Resolve To Make The Right Choices Now in order to secure that future. And then work together, hand-in-hand, to bring it about.
Let your voice be heard. Please Vote to make a difference. Please vote to reaffirm a belief in science and logic. Please vote to save the planet. Please vote to save the future. Please vote to show the world that the people of America are not what has been on display the past four years. Please Vote.
I believe that we are on the brink of a great awakening in the world. Can you feel it? The groundswell is building. It is time to close the chapter on the dark times, and step into the light of a bright and enlightened new tomorrow. Will you join us?
Together . . We . . Can . . Do . . This!
The time to ACT — to VOTE — for the FUTURE — is NOW
“Life presents you with so many decisions. A lot of times, they’re right in front of your face and they’re really difficult, but we must make them.” – Brittany Murphy
“Whatever you decide, don’t let it be because you don’t think you have a choice.” – Hannah Harrington
5 thoughts on “What I Believe and Where I Stand”
A marvellous piece James. Your strength and bravery in expressing your opinions so beautifully is an example to everyone. Like you, I rarely but certainly occasionally, give my political views on my blogs. But like you it comes from a place not of politics but of fairness and conviction. Watching from afar and like most people outside of America, I send you and your fellow Americans my hopes that your country finds its way back to a country to look to for inspiration, rather than away from with embarrassment and dismay. Superb piece James, silence is complicity, raising your voice is necessary in such challenging times in your wonderful country. ☘️🎈
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Thank you for visiting and for the wonderful feedback, Patrick! High praise and truly humbled coming from someone whose writing I so respect and admire. I have read where Ireland is back under the highest restriction level again as the predicted fall and winter surge seems to be taking hold both in Europe and here. Best wishes for you and your family! Please be careful and keep everyone well (including yourself) moving forward! 💚 🌎 ♻️ ☘️
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Thanks James. My best wishes to you and your family☘️🎈
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Well said. Honestly, I haven’t voted in years, believing that my voice made no difference. But this year, you better believe I voted. Early. I’m scared for the future of this country. I can only hope that enough people feel as you (and I) do and will vote, and we will tip the scales so far that there can be no doubt when the ballots are counted. I’m holding onto hope.
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Thank you for visiting, Laurie! We must pull together to do this, or I shudder to think of the alternative. Best wishes and stay well. 💚 🌎 ♻️