The Republican convention starts today in Cleveland, Ohio, just a couple of hours further north from my home. Protesters are gathered outside, they are all there to demonstrate against Donald Trump, and I wish I would live closer. I am older and wiser now -my protesting years are over since a long time- but in this case, I would make an exception.
I don’t know how it could happen that we are in such a mess, but we are, and I hope many people will show their disapproval. The world needs to see that and so do I. I am scared. The lies, the vulgarities, and the violence have completely destroyed the democratic process.
I feel ashamed by some of the things I hear, and I don’t understand how people can even consider voting against their best interest. The race for the White House has become so personal, so filthy and so dirty that it’s easy to forget that we are all fighting for the future of the same country. It’s our future! Maybe now would be a good time for us to step back and reflect on the true goals of democracy.
Lady Liberty’s classic stature, face, and attire come from the Roman goddess Libertas, who also represents freedom from tyranny and oppression. The crown is reminiscent of a halo, and its spikes show similarities to those of the sun gods-the Roman Apollo, and the Greek Helios. Her right foot is raised as if she is continually on the move, forever bringing freedom to others. (Source: Howtallisladyliberty.org)
I wonder if she is shaking lately; shaking not because she is old and fragile, but shaking of anger.
Charlie Chaplin, one of my hero’s -my idol- gives a speech at the end of THE GREAT DICTATOR. It is more than a speech, it’s a road map, an instruction, on how we can conquer the issues that seem to divide us. It’s a beautiful statement on how a great and selfless leader should view the world.
I wish I could go from door to door and could make people listen to one of the greatest speeches ever written.