I have read Mr. Lamb’s Feb 9 letter with both dismay and amusement. Of the various topics he addresses, I will touch on just two.
He responds somewhat hypersensitively to the deaths that might be caused by the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. Too many people and perhaps Mr. Lamb as well, don’t want to admit that this Act has already benefited 20 million people, expenses and snarls already known and admitted. What do you suppose happens to those who are no longer allowed to carry any insurance because insurance companies can say no? Yes, suffering for many and end of life for more. The “Disaster” word used to criticize the ACA needs to describe the critical health care loss that will result WITHOUT it or some better form of it. Those 20 million don’t count? They’re “too sick” or they didn’t work hard enough to plan for the future? They’re just throw-aways? Those who use the term disaster to describe ACA ---and too many politicians do---- are just using smug talk that the comfortable and successful or the ignorant or deceitful use.
They are forgetting their other fellow Americans. And showing a glaring lack of appreciation for the importance of being healthy and fit in our society. Why so much emphasis on wellness or how our bodies look and feel? Because aside from family, and employment, health and fitness have become our # 1 priority. Are the nay-sayers willing to give up their own health insurance or scorn the thought of having their own until they, too, become critically ill?
The amusing portion of Mr. Lamb’s letter has to do with the Women’s March in D.C. Of course, it was a planned protest because of the harshness of the President Elect’s campaign statements and behavior. It began with one lady’s thought sent out on the internet – a seminal thought that became a rallying cry for women and men of many different ages and backgrounds to decry the tightening of the screws on Lady Liberty--her kindness, her generosity, her acceptance of differences, her inclusiveness – all the things that the President Elect has failed to demonstrate or encourage.
The March was planned, but contrary to Mr. Lamb’s comment, there was a spontaneity and an enthusiasm that grew and grew all over this country in the days before and the day of the Inauguration, and to our surprise all over the world. This resulted in an unexpected global response of millions of people, not just a few hundred thousand. It was an experience to behold! In D.C. alone, there were throngs, multitudes, NOT mobs, of people everywhere. Many were milling on side streets listening if possible, to the songs and speeches given in the principal areas, often unable to see the Jumbotrons. There were not enough screens or loudspeakers; no one had imagined how many would attend. But everyone had their space and allowed others their own—no pushing or shoving; all were there joyfully and very much in earnest. There was a camaraderie, and understanding and courtesy which was undeniable. Police cars, at one point were surrounded in the surge, but went with the flow—there was no alarm or sense of urgency. The police and fire officials were even happy to help. It was a fluid and completely peaceful event.
It is amusing to read Mr. Lamb’s comment that the crowd was out to destroy the Trump Presidency! when the President and the people that he has chosen for key positions of counsel are assisting in destroying our sense of security WITHIN our own country. One’s ethnicity, one’s religion, one’s sense of being safe on the street or from home invasion, one’s hope of being respected or valued on any number of levels is being compromised on a daily basis. This administration is allowing Americans to judge, to mock, to harass other Americans as unworthy, very independently of the immigration issue. If we aren’t white or don’t agree with the President’s point of view, we may be condemned for it, individually and as a whole group. It’s all about what is wrong with us instead of what is RIGHT. Is it any wonder so many people are alarmed and moving toward action?
Yes, as Mr. Lamb has stated at the end, America’s future is at stake, and so is the world’s, as this President takes on more put-down and take-away powers to destroy Democracy at its core. The people at the March were marching for our right to Liberty and Justice and I might add, Decency, for All.
A force to be reckoned with. This is just the beginning.
Diana M. Rarig