Several young men were trying to overturn a car near State Street in Madison, Wisconsin. I asked them what they were doing. One of them looked at me and shouted, “This is about gay rights!” I asked him if he was for or against gay rights. He stared at me blankly for a moment and screamed, “This is about gay rights!” and they tipped the car over. That was one night in the late 80’s that I found myself in the middle of a college riot. Some #resist and do not know why.
Some who #resist do so from no place of love. They are so busy fighting against everything, that they do not fight for anything. Anarchy, overthrow, and chaos is not a solution that helps my kid. People who show no love claiming love is the answer are progressives I do not associate with.
I grew up with a love of country and pride in being the son and grandson and great grandson of veterans. I was educated to have an appreciation and understanding not only of the first and second amendment, but also of them all so I could recognize why it matters is the fourteenth amendment is in jeopardy.
I #resist with the immigrant. I #resist with my son. I #resist with the woman who makes less than a man and has little say over her body and her medical rights. I #resist with the minority. I #resist with the hopes that I may one day again place my hand over my heart as the anthem plays. I #resist with my nation, not against it. I #resist because we drafted beautiful principles we were not living up to when we founded this nation, but the principles are still worth fighting for. I #resist because every trans teen, black teen, woman teen, hispanic teen, autistic teen, and so forth should have the opportunity to grow up to be whatever it is they can be and wish to be. I #resist because not all are treated equally, but they should be.
Some Quotes To #resist To:
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. -Abraham Lincoln
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. -Abraham Lincoln
I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together: black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young, old; gay, straight; men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance under the same proud flag to this big, bold country that we love. That’s what I see. That’s the America I know! -Barack Obama
America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people. The image of the Statue of Liberty with Emma Lazarus’ famous poem. She lifts her lamp and welcomes people to the golden shore, where they will not experience prejudice because of the color of their skin, the religious faith that they follow. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Tolerance, diversity, and inclusion are not political opinions. They are non-negotiable human rights – hard fought and secured in America. -Andy Dunn
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life. -Theodore Roosevelt
America was founded on immigrants. The immigrant experience is common to all of us. -Nia Vardalos
As an immigrant, I chose to live in America because it is one of the freest and most vibrant nations in the world. And as an immigrant, I feel an obligation to speak up for immigration policies that will keep America the most economically robust, creative and freedom-loving nation in the world. -Rupert Murdoch
America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity – the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired. -Robert Kennedy
I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble. -John Lewis
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America. -Jimmy Carter
Our nation is built upon a history of immigration, dating back to our first pioneers, the Pilgrims. For more than three centuries, we have welcomed generations of immigrants to our melting pot of hyphenated America: British-Americans; Italian-Americans; Irish-Americans; Jewish-Americans; Mexican-Americans; Chinese-Americans; Indian-Americans. -Ami Bera
We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better. -Mitt Romney
Smoot and Hawley ginned up The Tariff Act of 1930 to get America back to work after the Stock Market Crash of ’29. Instead, it destroyed trade so effectively that by 1932, American exports to Europe were just a third of what they had been in 1929. World trade fell two-thirds as other nations retaliated. Jobs evaporated. -Elaine Chao
This is the 21st century, and we would all like to think racism is dead in America. Actually, that’s not the case: still there are some racial issues that are out across this nation, and so we have a responsibility as compassionate citizens of America, no matter what our ethnic group happens to be, to confront these issues when they arise. -Alveda King
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