Skipping Down the Slippery Side of the Slope -- with Resistance.
In January of 20ll the Naples Daily News published a Slippery Slope essay about To-Do-Lists and New Year’s resolutions. It was a very nice essay, sweet. It still holds true. However—we are no longer in sweet times.
The published essay explores the power of To-Do-Lists. It explained how a well constructed list can conquer any obstacle, including New Year’s resolutions. In the essay I explain how on the first day of the year I create the “Yearly List”. It not only addresses household maintenance, birthdays, holidays, vacation trips, but it secures my goals for the coming year.
What makes this list special is that it also addresses our goals. Just written on a common legal pad, it presents the possibility of reaching our dreams, it lays out the plan to conquer a problem. It outlines the steps to constructing what we need, crafting what we desire.
The Naples Daily News published the essay on January 11, 2011. The week prior, The Constitution of the United States of America was read aloud on the Congressional floor. The goal was to remind Congress of the limits of government. The new Tea Party membership thought government was too big. Funny, last month the Doomsday Clock was moved closer to midnight because of our government.
On that day six years ago, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords read the first amendment: freedom of speech.* I don’t know who read the second amendment.** Last month, a leading member of the White House staff told the press to “keep its mouth shut”. ***
The Constitution is a mighty example of a To-Do-List. It tells the nation what we can and cannot do. It protects us. It guards us from ourselves. It protects our government from itself and from outside attack. The Constitution is now under threat by a new leadership. This new leadership does not seem to regard the Constitution at all, almost believing that it is a relic, something to toss to the side in order to secure a selective and secretive To-Do-List. Yet, this administration is sworn to protect the Constitution. What is striking is that our elected representatives, members of our Senate, and the rest of the gang seem to be at a loss. It’s also their job to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States. I fear that they don’t know how. However, we must be reminded that is our job as well. This country is made of a population of constituents, not businessmen turned political.
On January 21, 2017 women and men of every size, color, viewpoint, and background come together and marched. They marched not only for women’s rights, but all rights, because such rights touch every aspect of a woman’s world. Yet, there are some men, men who believe that governments are theirs to own, the planet’s resources are theirs to profit, woman’s bodies are theirs to control, torture is theirs to inflict, citizenship is theirs to restrict, long standing alliances are theirs to crumple to the floor then affix their own agendas while passing the cost onto the whole.
So, my annual To-Do-List for 2017 includes daily vigilance to what is happening. I send weekly postcards, sign petitions, make phones calls to my senators Bill and Marco to remind them to protect the Constitution. I must raise my voice, turn up the volume and join other voices protecting our government, our rights, our need for regulations, and the agencies that oversee those rights and regulations. It’s all our jobs to protect the Constitution.
So, sorry I’ve been late with the blog. It’s on my To-Do-List. However, this year’s list is very long. And more than ever before, I must be diligent with each line item. With that list in hand, I march further into 2017 knowing that I play a part in protecting the freedom and rights of biggest To-Do-List of all.
*Gabby Giffords, former Democratic Representative of Arizona, survived an attempted assassination with a bullet wound to the head on January 8, 2011, just two days after reading the reading of the Constitution.
**Frank Guinta, former Republican Representative of New Hampshire, read the second amendment. He opposed gun control reform. He lost the 2016 election.
***Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist.