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After the March: A Fight to Move Forward not Back

Updated on July 23, 2017
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  


My Open Explanation

This is becoming a crazy world we live in today! The extreme negativity of what America is going through right now is weighing a little heavy on my soul. As I type this just three days after a crazy person-in my opinion- raised his right hand and promised to work for all of us Americans to make it a better place to live; I am feeling a bevy of emotions, and I’m not sure I know how to channel them to find some solidarity. My only way is to write out my feelings, like I have always done. So, let me take a deep breath and try to sort my thoughts during a confused whirlwind of power that is taking over.

Women's March through Washington DC 2017


It Was Global. We Thank You! We Are The World

A Few Questions: a Few Thoughts

It is January 22, 2017. The day after the Women’s March, a couple of days after a sick felt inauguration took place for most of us here in America. What I have learned on both days is this; January 20, 2017, was officially the end of the world as we know it, but January 21, 2017, brought hope for Unity in which this new governed establishment is trying so hard to divide. However, I still have burning questions in my mind of all sorts of things.

First, how are we to calm our conditions of frustration and grasp the reality of it, so we can continue to fight to get this man out of office? A part of me wants to believe that as much as I feel compelled to keep fighting, I don’t know if my life, as it is ordered on a daily, is impelled to make time to keep up. Will I feel guilty about this? How can I help, if I cannot propel myself night and day into the resistance process? Well, I can write. That is one thing I know I can do. I can write to get the word out. I can write to share information of lies that this government is spreading about different types of people. Types of people who may have an unlike religion or come from a different culture, but are still American in all the definition of what that means.

There are four documented ways you become or are considered an American Citizen

  • First, by being born in the United States or one of its territories.
  • Second, if you were born to parents who are U.S. citizens, then you may be a U.S. citizen yourself. This process is called "acquisition" of citizenship.
  • Third, you can be a citizen through the naturalization process, which generally involves applying for, and passing, a citizenship test.
  • Lastly, you may be a citizen if one or both of your parents have been naturalized. This is called "derivation" of citizenship.

Definitions of unknown/uncommon words

Acquisition - the learning or developing of a skill, habit, or quality.

Naturalization - Naturalization is the legal process through which a foreign citizen or national can become a U.S. citizen. To be naturalized, an applicant must first be qualified to apply for citizenship. Then, he or she must complete an application, attend an interview, and pass an English and a civics test.

Derivation - the obtaining or developing of something from a source or origin.

When you look at what is required in accordance to claiming U.S. citizenship, I don’t know too many that do not have these things, or do not possess the ability to obtain these things. So, what is the issue when our new President talks about deporting immigrants? Well, I believe he and so many others are still living in the ages of a white man’s world. They are disregarding the fact of America’s written rules, and instead are making up their own rules of conditions.

For one, I would like to put out there that the Europeans stole this land from the Native Americans. So, to claim that America started as a white man’s world is just an uneducated thought or expression. America was then established through mostly immigrants and promised to unite with all walks of life. Where did this get lost through history? Well, I believe we all know, or should all know by studying, this type of thinking all started with what I exactly stated. It all started when the proclaimed white man took land from the brown man, and then it just escalated to the wealthy plantation owners deciding that they were powerful enough to uproot African Americans from their home land, split families up, and afterwards treat these human beings like cattle. We have lived through many disgusting levels of unfairness, but starting with Abe Lincoln declaring The Emancipation Proclamation; we have fought through it all. It wasn't easy for every peaceful generation to fight against the ones that wanted to stay in a stagnate nation, but progress was being made in every decade.


Wake Up to Idiocracy of This Man: I Can't Even Call Him POTUS!

Charts and Facts

Future Progress Indeed. No Back in Time Crisis For Me: We Must Go Forward

Unfortunately, this President who was just sworn in, is the epitome of the past. He has always been wealthy, and as a lot of rich born white Americans are, was taught that he is above the rules; even rules of government issue. So, now he brings in not only race war with black Americans, but he is targeting all culture which lives here, and he is using fear tactics to do so. He has declared all Muslims as terrorists, and all Mexicans as rapists. This is unsettling as the number is higher for American on American violence more than terrorists of different culture and religion. And basically, the gun issue is really the main thing that needs to be looked at here in America. However, this President thinks we all should be strapped with ammo and iron. I don’t understand, and I don’t begin to comprehend the people who would even think this is normal and not insane.

Before I Wrap...A Few Final Thoughts

This has been a long year. 2016 was a year of trying to sway racists and naysayers to wake up out of the trance they were in, change their mindsets, and join the majority of the human race. It was hard fought. Apparently, we didn’t succeed because the worst one is in the most respected position right now. Even so, we will gather strength somehow and continue our journey. To leave it be would just not be acceptable.

I wanted to write this piece not to complain. I wanted to inform of things we all can do to stop this tyrant and the foreseen downfall of our home; America. In addition, I really want to make a point of purpose in saying that America is here for all races and religions. Be encouraged not to throw off on differences, but learn more about them. I think it would be amazing if everyone woke up to the possibilities of peace, by really getting to know your neighbor. The neighbor who is a Muslim, or the neighbor who is gay. You are not going to change the world by disagreeing with everyone’s lifestyle by how you run your own. We are all unique, and we all should be! That is what America has always stood for. I ask the ones reading this that have not agreed with how I think, and how the majority think here in America, to wake up and realize where they are from and the true beauty of it all.

A Song Inspired by MLK, and Now His Message is as Important as Ever. IN THE NAME OF LOVE. Forward not Back!

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Instead of me Placing my Poetry here today, I Think Nina Donovan's Poem Recited by Ashley Judd at the Women's March 2017 is More Fitting.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you for sharing your views and opinions with your readers. We do need to retain our open society where views and opinions may be expressed freely.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      You are certainly missing the point, PDX. Where have you been this past week? If you don't understand why Muslims are afraid of being here right now, you don't pay attention to your leader's sign offs, and the violence from his supporters because of his terrible determination to outcast.

      Come On, Man! And yes, they are scared in the countries you mention as well; that's why they wanted a life here. I'm sure they still would rather take their chances here, even though the Donald has made it pretty scary here also. However, they can't enter now can they? They should feel secure, and the thing is; it's not only them now who doesn't feel safe. We all feel unsafe here in this country that used to be America!!

      I wouldn't feel so confident about that impeach thing, PDX. I think it is possible even likely. Maybe later than sooner, but that man, whom is not my President, because the President works for us, and most of us did not hire him, obviously? Lol... He will eventually carry out one of his insane orders in a way that he will either be assassinated or impeached. Yes, I can see into the future of common sense. Thank you very much!

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      PDXBuys 15 months ago from Oregon

      Missy - Ask your Muslim friends if they think they would be safer living in Syria, Yemen, or Iraq right now. Do you read newspapers?

      Trump is not going to be impeached. You have no basis for making such an outrageous demand. Trump will be your president for the next four years. You might as well accept that fact.

      WB - You said, "If the black leadership would have subscribed to your philosophy people of color would still be riding in the back of the bus." I have NO idea how you came up with that one. (Just be thankful you don't live in Chicago. Have your read about the homicide rate there?)

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Feel Blessed?! Feel Blessed that the new President has put in place a dishonor to our constitution that it is the exact reason the service man in Yemen was killed?! Be glad that because of his lack of knowledge towards the real issues is why we are in more danger at the moment than we were before November?! And my Muslim friends here are feeling scared and uncertain of their fate now. WHAT?! That is not how it should be! Trump should be impeached ASAP! If we, indeed, are his bosses, which has been stated a lot during all of this executive order signing, then his YOU-KNOW-WHAT would be hitting the concrete outside the White House doors right now. The majority of us here in America want that as soon as possible. However, we have to fight with people who still, AND I MUST SAY; I AM JUST ASTONISHED BY HOW THEY DO, but still think this man is for our greater good!

      Please put your thinking caps on and use it to stimulate your brain. I'm begging you and all the others who feel we are in good hands to do that. We are in the devil's hands! Please wake-up to that reality and join in our attempts to stay on a progressive track and not to elude to the past. Gesh!

      WB also, AGAIN, spelled it out pretty clear for you!

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 15 months ago


      You just don't get it do you? That is one of the classic apologist arguments. And here is the ridiculous places that can lead:

      Mother: "My son got killed by a cop today for playing with a toy gun in a public park". You: "Just be thankful you're not living in Yemen".

      Rape Victim: "A man raped me while I was unconscious and only got 6 months in jail!" You: "Just be thankful you're not living under Sharia Law".

      Voter: "I just realized my vote really doesn't matter". You: "Just be glad you're not living in Libya".

      If the black leadership would have subscribed to your philosophy people of color would still be riding in the back of the bus.

      Martin Luther King: "Perhaps we should boycott the buses in Montgomery." You: No need to do that! Just be thankful you're not living in Yemen.

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      PDXBuys 15 months ago from Oregon

      Feel blessed that you and your Muslim friends are much better off in the U.S. than in one of the countries on Trump's banned list. I read that, recently, another U.S. serviceman was killed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Your comment doesn't even really make any sense, PDX. How are we confused? I think you just don't understand our explanations, which to me falls back to why some were dumb enough to vote for that man in the first place. FYI, we didn't vote for him, and it is not the people who understand history and the laws of the Constitution that did. I believe, i.e.- that it must be the ones who think celebrities like Madonna have merit to the issues whom are the ones that voted for him. Something tells me that makes more sense as to why an egotistical narcissist which only worries about his score card won. If you want us to understand what you are putting up for debatable discussion, then you have to try to find a better explanation of argument with more depth to the facts. Celebrities do not count for much here in the real world.

      I'm really sorry. I just don't get you either. I will only take the high road and say "As-Salaam-Alaikum," In honor of my Muslim friends who are being treated terribly tonight because of an illiterate man.

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      PDXBuys 15 months ago from Oregon

      You people are confused. No wonder Trump won the election.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      I'll just answer this way; most of us who have commented has written in detail what we know, what we have proven correct by our country's history, and ways that what is happening at present is completely against our moral and written values. Now, I don't know how to answer it any better than it has been explained here more than once, and by others than myself.

      As I see it, we have one naysayer (a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views: Despite a general feeling that things were going well). And as I said; things were progressing before a tyrant stepped in. By the way, that is the only thing we can do in this world-progress not perfect! I'm just saying!

      To continue with my count; there is another who is on the fence and prefers to wait longer to see how it goes. Although, if you haven't seen enough already that brings you to doubtful conclusions to who is currently in command, then I have no clue what will have to take place to make you come to a final determination? Subsequently, all others commenting here just seem to understand the point I was intending to make. So, to me that says and answers a lot. We have answered more than enough.

      Furthermore, I noticed I left a word out in the above poll I posted, so when I corrected it the votes were erased. If you would like to vote again, please be my guest. Thank you, once again, to all who have read and participated in this hub. :) I appreciate it!

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      Sanxuary 15 months ago

      Hey Missy don't worry about Maddona. For people who support Trump they always pick something other then the issue to justify thier agenda. In 30 minutes of talk radio from the alt right they will still bring up Hillary, Obama and even go back decades to find a Democrat to blame. I am not a Democrat so even talking about any issue is impossible. If the issue is one of many issues today what anyone did yesterday is irrelavant to the conversation. To refrain from the issue lets pick Madonna a radical but honestly I have no idea if she has a side. She has always been a radical on issues ask the Pope. She is rich and a celibrity and acts just like ------------Trump. There are radicals on all sides but no one can go to the root of the problem to solve it. If this is how they think they can solve it then I have to wonder what got fixed. Did we stop companies from importing labor for cheap wages? Did we bill them for all the tax payers money they took? Did the Senate and Congress come up with a comprehensive plan on Imigration. No some man just wrote some crap on a piece of paper. It never saw a sane lawyer and was never passed by any branch of government represenatives of the people. We usually call this tyranny and a prelude to dictatorship. This is about solving problems and no one is doing that. It takes a lot longer then a day just to do the research to discover how we got here in the first place.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 15 months ago

      Being a farmer, one of my fathers favorite sayings was" A cow needs it's tail more than one fly time". Who can argue with the wisdom of that? Another saying he was fond of is "God hates a liar and so do I".

      It appears you have told a lie. And we already know how my father would feel about that. The question is, why did you do such a thing? Am I the tax collector who comes in the name of the government each year and extorts money from you in the form of taxes? No, I am not that man. Am I the cop who pulled you over and gave you a DUI for having two beers so the state could extort over $15,000 from you in fines and penalties? No, I am not that man. Am I the man who ran off with your daughter, mother, or grandmother, made them happy for just one season, and then sent them back home to you, demanding a refund and an apology? No, I am also not that man.

      It appears I have given you no good reason to tell the lie that you told. I never suggested in my previous commentary that the white man will eventually be expelled from "American" land. No I did not make such a comment, nor did I even allude to such a thing. And whether you blame it on a lack of reading comprehension, or a simple misunderstanding, it still amounts to a lie. And that is easily proven. Over 40,000 U.S. citizens die in automobile " accidents" each year. Thousands are also murdered in the U.S. every year. I can hardly imagine that the victim of a car fatality is any less dead than the victim of a homicide. My point should be clear, but I will spell it out for you. Whether you "accidentally" tell a lie or purposely tell a lie, it still has the same effect. And that effect is to demean an individuals character.

      And I will leave you with this: Stealing something doesn't make it yours. And contrary to what many evil men would have you believe, there is no statute of limitations on theft. Once something is stolen it remains stolen property until returned to it's rightful owner. Thus, this is not American land.

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      PDXBuys 15 months ago from Oregon

      Missy - If we elected a black woman for President the U.S. government would still be deporting illegal immigrants. Would you still call that a "white man's world"? Federal immigration laws do not change based on the race or gender of the President. Illegal is still illegal.

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Well, PDX, I suppose that is between you and WB. I am going to choose only to comment on my whole point, not that specific part as Madonna has no personal mention here.

      I spelled out only facts of history and how they led us through life. How we were and still do battle certain aspects. How progress has been made, but how the new leader of the "FREE" world wants to crush our progress.

      I still feel your question was irrelevant to my point. If you feel differently, then that's fine.

      I feel my hub did not look to generate a question like yours. Your question has no merit to my purpose here. If WB chooses to discuss that part of it with you, since he did talk more on the land part, that will be up to him. However, my intentions of mentioning it was to recap our history and bring us into present day and what we are dealing with now.

      I wish not to add anything extra to my current conversation. My question to all is stated in my poll. It's about resisting the pull backwards and continuing to follow what America stands for, and moving forward. If you answered that poll and have no direct response to that then you have answered the questions to this hub in a whole. Thank you! :)

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      PDXBuys 15 months ago from Oregon

      Missy - My comment was simply a response to the claim you made in your hub that American land is stolen land. So my question is not pointless. It is quite relevant. WB went off on quite a tangent -- even claiming that the white man will eventually be expelled from American land. I am curious to know how that will happen. Will Madonna take up arms to protect her stolen land?

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      Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

      Couldn't agree more, MsDora. Thank you!

      I can't deny, Sanxuary, that those images you paint in my mind made me giggle a little. I do understand the frustration, and agree that it is all unfair. Unfair to us, the real Americans that are made up of all races including Mexican, and the people in Mexico who live there and have to listen to this nonsense coming out of this idiot's mouth.

      However, I keep thinking about those words which rang proud in all our ears during the campaigns that came from First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, "when they go low, we go high." I have caught my own self going low and trying to wake this world up with harshness. You almost can't help it at times. This whole thing feels like an atrocity and disrespect to every single one of us; not only us here in America.

      Right now, I believe my mindset, after writing this, is to try to refrain from the absolute cursing and reprimands I want to spew out, because of my frustration. But instead, focus on a more moral and human way to achieve a voice when I feel I need to speak. Hey, I cannot deny that I have fell down in doing so more than once though. Lol. So, your comment did amuse me, because I certainly relate. :)

      Take care, Sanxuary, and everyone! May God bless us soon!!! ;)

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      Dora Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      I became a citizen through naturalization and spent more than half of my life receiving from and contribution to this great nation. At the end of the day, we must find ways to turn our personal struggles into a unified struggle for the survival of our nation with its original principles in tact. Thanks for keeping us aware.

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      Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

      Why do you have an obsession with Madonna? Did I mention her specifically in this post?

      This hub is not to argue about land, PDX. It is stating "facts" of "history" about how America started and the rules put in place that made it a free country to ALL. It's about using common sense for the greater good of this nation.

      If your pointless question has nothing to do with Trump then it's mute. He is your President, right? You're looking for an answer only he can truly respond to. UNFORTUNATELY!

      You didn't listen to WB to well. In his statement directed at you, he explains and does answer your question about Madonna the only way any person living here today with no government authority can.

      Again, everything here is written out for you clear and precise. My hub was written with the purpose I intended. What's in your mind??? Your argument to it all is non existent to the point of this hub in a whole. Think about my purpose and stay on the complete topic.

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      PDXBuys 16 months ago from Oregon

      This is all very interesting, but my original question has still not been answered. Will Madonna and the other liberal land owners be returning their land to the Native Americans? If they have stolen land and they believe it was stolen then shouldn't they do that? This question has nothing to do with Trump because the issue existed even before Trump was born.

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      shanmarie 16 months ago

      Not offended. I couldn't really begin to explain to you here why I choose to keep hope even if things seem perilous right now. It would perhaps require knowing my personal background. Therefore, I can't begin to even try to understand many other Americans, both who strongly support him and who don't. And I couldn't make you understand me even if I wanted to. This is the most I've ever followed anything about politics in my life, though.

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      Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

      Hey WB. I do believe you are correct in your explanation to PDX. I try hard to explain it well, but it is very difficult to get a point across about these things these days; so many closed-minded people here. Things that stare them straight in the face, and they deny them all. It is pretty unreal! Thanks for commenting! :)

      Shan, don't take offense with anything I say as personal upon you. It's just that if you, over the process of this year alone, can sit there and still have hope that Donald will do any of us good in that seat...I'm sorry, but I really feel sorry for you. Your reasoning doesn't make sense to most of us. After listening to things he has spewed out of his mouth, and still is; well, it is amazing anyone feels that he will succeed for the greater good of all of us that live here. Bottom Line: HE IS MENTALLY ILL AND UNSTABLE. IT IS SO IN YOUR FACE! I'm sorry!! I really am if you take this as an insult, because I like you as a person, and I don't mean it as an insult. I'm just confused about the state-of-mind of some Americans.

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      shanmarie 16 months ago

      My reasons for wait and see are simply because I choose to be hopeful. I told someone else that I wonder about changes every time a new president takes office. All I am say I in regards to healthcare is that I hope he has something better in mind to replace what he plans to repeal. You are correct in saying that it makes no sense to not have a plan in play. But seeing as how I didn't like Hilary or Trump, it just is what it is now. I hope, for everyone's sake, he surprises us all.

      You have a good day too. :)

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 16 months ago

      First of all , thanks Missy for posting this article. This is a subject that should concern us all on a daily basis. But I am not surprised at some of the commentary here that appears to have come out of a Cracker Jack box. I have directed this scathing retort to one of my many subordinates here on Hubpages.

      Dear PDXBUYS,

      What Missy stated is simply a fact. Anyone who has studied the historical record understands this is true. An entire continent was stolen by the European aristocracy, and genocide was committed against the Indigenous people, as well as the rampant raping of women and children. Many of the men who sailed with Columbus had a taste for 9 year old girls, and so Columbus forced the natives to supply their young daughters for the pleasure and amusement of his crew.

      You commented "then any non-native American who owns land is a criminal". And in this one comment we can see the evil arrogance of America, and how evil makes a mockery of justice, and renders the law of man irrelevant. The purpose of your comment is to suggest that not only are many of the women protesters hypocrites and thieves, but in a larger sense to suggest that numbers, percentages, and a greater degree of inconvenience should dictate and define our morality.

      For instance, it has been estimated that some of the most notorious lynchings of blacks during Jim Crow drew between 10,000 and 15,000 spectators. These were the lynching of Henry Smith in Paris Texas in 1893 and the lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco Texas in 1916. Many will tell you, including psychologists, that this type of behavior is an example of "mob mentality". But such an explanation does not take us to the root of the problem. Primarily what these events exposed was that a great number of those white Americans had psychopathic personalities.

      Psychopathy is defined as a personality disorder characterized by persistent antisocial behavior, impaired empathy and remorse, and bold, dis-inhibited, egotistical traits. A propensity for sadistic violence toward animals and humans is also common among psychopaths. We see all of these characteristics in those who came to witness these brutal lynchings as a means of entertainment. And from the smiling faces of the spectators we see in the pictures, there is no doubt that they enjoyed the spectacle.

      But it is inconvenient to label such large numbers of white Americans as psychopaths, as it tarnishes the fictional narrative of America's "greatness". Thus the term "mob mentality" is a kinder, gentler explanation. It leaves us with the false impression that these "good, god fearing white folks were just caught up in the moment, and that afterward they returned to their normal state of being good patriotic Americans. But that is just another grand fiction that has been promoted within this system of white supremacy.

      There are over 300 million people living in the United States. The percentage of the population considered white is near 80%. Anyone who is white and has knowledge of the historical record is willingly participating in the buying and selling of stolen property. That is simply a fact. It is also a fact that people who participate in such activities are commonly labeled as criminals.Those of other races who have immigrated here are also participating in criminal activity. The only ones to be excluded are those of full blood, and mixed Indigenous heritage, and the descendants of African slaves. But what you fail to recognize is the reality of Stockholm Syndrome.

      These people like Madonna have been raised up to believe in false ideals, and to honor a nation with an evil past. Even though they may possess knowledge of the historical record, they have been manipulated by authority figures who have sanctioned and legitimized this criminal enterprise since the very beginning; from one generation to the next. It has taken 500 years for this evil enterprise to evolve to it's present state, and so, we can not expect that it can be destroyed in one day, or through one Women's March on Washington. But it is important events like these that move us in the right direction.

      Because of the great numbers and percentages, and the inconvenience of sorting this all out, you want us to believe that it is absurd to worry about the details.But the American people have been deceived by a corrupt government for 250 years. This stolen continent will ultimately be returned to the descendants of those it was stolen from. And there will be reparations to the descendants of African slaves. The Americans have attempted to defy the Law of Gravity, and they have repeatedly broken the natural laws, and defiled the image of God, which is the image of a woman. Until this great injustice has been undone, and until the proper balance is restored, there will be no peace for America, or the United States, and the doers of evil will continue to reap what they sow. And that is also a fact.

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      Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

      Hey PDX, I can see where you are going with your questions. However, as I'm not a history buff by no means, let me try to write how I see it.

      First, the stolen land; It indeed was an unfair occurrence which is still taking place today. Look at what is happening as we speak. The North Dakota Pipeline?? Trump just signed to go ahead with construction after Obama deferred. So again, history is repeating itself. However, the difference- you see- are more people from all cultures are coming in cooperation to fight an injustice.

      We have, through the years, merged together in leaps and bounds through generations. YES, there were still too many racists, and bigots, and businessmen, but changes were expanding through time. Mainly, Equal Rights were getting better. Everyone in this country knows...this world is unique, and we, under GOD are all different as he has made us. Therefore, there is no room for hate. If you don't like the way that a person lives, you just don't like it! You carry on in your own life. If it does no damage to us all here in a whole, it is not your business. If it does affect us all, we stand together. Hint: Donald is that issue!

      Let's go backward to the land thing. It was back in the 1700s when the Europeans decided they would overtake the Indians. After, America was named...correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it was Jefferson that officiated that in 1776, and not long after in 1786 the government signed off on the Amendments (rules) of the Constitution. One of those amendments-the fourteenth to be exact- states that all men are equal and will be treated alike. Well, we all know it didn't go correctly to follow that. However, through the years ahead, many of the citizens did, in fact, go by those rules. Unfortunately, Many did not!

      In the 1800s, when Lincoln came into office, we had the Civil War, because he was defending that rule after the plantation owners came in and decided they would bring Africans over like cattle and treat them as such. He worked hard to keep the constitution and to disillusion this unfair travesty. We won that, but the fight didn't end. As you know, it continued well into the future as one thing got better, we still had to fight for many Equal Rights! Enter...Martin Luther King Jr. through the 1950s and 1960s. We had won another injustice that came to that amendment.

      My point is, it shouldn't be a fight like this. This rule was put in place so many years ago that America is home of the free, and that all who come to prosper here in our nation shall!! It has been progress to find solutions for the ones that refuse to see this in every generation and era. We are being pushed back again now. It is obvious that we still overtake in numbers the ones who like to be divided with all people, and we stand together to make a realization of that fact- to say we will not go down in this new day without a fight. We will not go backwards. Do you get this?

      I don't know your complete thoughts PDX, so if I have not been gracious and true with my explanation, I apologize. It's just right now we have to use our common sense. We can't pretend we don't know the rules to our nation; our home. We have to learn to go forward not back. That's all!!

      I send you blessings. ~Missy

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      Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

      Hey Shan, I mean, I can understand your healthcare concerns. If the ACA didn't do its best to help you, that's crazy. I have heard a lot of people say it didn't, and I have also heard a lot of people state it saved their lives. The thing is, there is always unsteadiness of something that is put in place to help. I can't begin to get it, but some are going to benefit more than others. I don't think that depends on President Obama. I think his intentions were for everyone to have a great way to obtain healthcare, but the ones who somehow didn't find a way to adjust to the change and make it work for them, for whatever reason...I just don't know if that had to do with the rules of the ACA or maybe their employers perception of it and refusal to make it work?? I don't know, all I know is that I have heard just as many stories of it helping as I have heard it was bogus. It works for me.

      The other issue with that is this; if you are voting totally because of the healthcare thing, I don't really get that? Wouldn't you first want the new President to have explained how he is going to fix it and make it better? As of now, Trump has put in that order to repel, but he has left you out on his plans-if, he indeed has one- on how you will now get what you need. Will you even get affordable healthcare, and how?? He hasn't elaborated.

      You grew up with diversity like all of us have, Shan. However, there was always hope that most of us, and then others, were following us out of it. Nothing is ever perfect for this world. All we can hope for is an improvement in every generation. Donald wants to start all over and guide us to NO change. It's depressing.

      All in have your reasons, and I will respect what those are. I truly hope this President ends up doing some good for us. Five days in...and it just doesn't look that way though.

      Take care, Shan :)

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      PDXBuys 16 months ago from Oregon

      If you say "the Europeans stole this land from the Native Americans" then any non-native American who owns land is a criminal. Buying something you know is stolen is a crime. That would men Madonna, and all of the other liberal celebrities who own land in the U.S. are criminals. Why don't they return their stolen property to the natives?

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      shanmarie 16 months ago

      These past few years have been crazy for me. I never would have imagined I wouldn't like any presidential candidate choice. But I am remaining hopeful. To wait and see what is in store for us. I know many love Obama Care, but it failed me big time and I was not able to get help even with Obama Care and now that we don't get fined, we still get overlooked. So if it is going to be repealed, I hope they keep the good parts and find a way to make health care truly available to everyone.

      As for Teump's character, I believe I said that in saying I didn't like any candidate choice. But I grew up with diversity around me and I don't think the government can divide people who choose to respect one another no matter what and no matter differences of perspective and opinions come about. No matter what Trump thinks. Keep the hope.

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      Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Sanxuary, for finding and reading this article and taking the time to leave some thoughts. :)

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      Sanxuary 16 months ago

      The last 8 years has proven what a racist nation we live in. I honestly never thought it was this bad. So much of this is fueled by it and it has exposed just how divided we our. We truly need a new proclamation on individual rights.

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      Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

      Hey Kathleen and Bill, yes, I was very hopeful after the March. It was much needed for many, and inspired me to write this hub.

      I believe you are right, Kathleen, in that more women need to come out and vote. I don't know how many didn't show up in November, and I'm not condemning them for that. I actually understand their fear. A lot of the women I watched being interviewed, going to these marches, were terrified to get on those buses, some even felt sick. It is because you don't know what to expect. You don't know if it might get out of hand with the Donald Trump supporters. I think that's why there was a lot of fear during the election to go out and vote. The good thing is that after they got on those buses and made it to their destination, they saw just how many others actually felt the same way. Therefore, something tells me 2020 will be much different at the polls.

      The March was a good thing for many reasons. Bill, I do believe we are going to notice people keeping the faith and calling their congressman now. It was that empowering!!

      Thanks for reading. I hope that HOPE stays alive!! :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathleen said a mouthful there. It was a great march, worldwide, and it reflected feelings of unease and yes, anger, but it will mean next to nothing if steps aren't taken forward. Does that mean that millions of people have to take the next step? I don't think so. It would be nice, but consider this: if only 1% of the people who marched become active in political affairs, that is a huge number of activists, and that will make a difference. Movements are only successful if there is a next step...I am hopeful from what I saw on Saturday.

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      Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you for this hub. There is one thing I really wish they'd asked every woman who marched: Did you vote? If more women had, we wouldn't be where we are today. I only point this out to encourage women to use the power that is already in place for them. What's done is done. But learn from it. The march was a great first step, but it's going to take a lot more to make a difference. Keep up the fight and use every tool at your disposal.


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