For years, I refused to discuss politics in my blog. I didn’t post anything political on my Facebook feed, Twitter or Instagram accounts. It wasn’t that I was devoid of opinions, but that I wanted to remain neutral as an artist. Maybe that was cowardice or just an eagerness to succeed in an already difficult business. But no matter what my motivation was, neutrality is no longer an option.

I’m not sure there’s a way to be a non-political writer right now in America. In today’s climate, even silence is a statement. I don’t want to be silent anymore.

I am a writer. I write in many genres. I write strong female characters. Female strength does not equal male weakness. I do not agree with the ban on immigrants and refugees and I find its implementation to be sloppy and ill-planned. I was at the Women’s March. I have been calling my senators because I think DeVos and Carson are unqualified for their positions. I stand with Standing Rock and Planned Parenthood. I think Black Lives Matter and that science is amazing. I believe in climate change. LGBTQ rights are human rights. I’m fine with the repeal of Obamacare as long as there’s a replacement that’s worth a damn. I believe in people. I believe there’s good in the world and that good is worth fighting for. I believe in respectful, thoughtful discussion. I believe in ideas. I think sex workers should have rights. I think people should be able to do what they want as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else. Watch dogs are necessary for both government and private institutions. I think Trump is bad for America. I believe in your right to think differently than I do about anything.

My blog is not a political blog. I will not spend many posts on my ideas or what I think the government should or shouldn’t be doing. This is a space for writing and books and stories and opinions about those topics. But nor will I be silent.

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  1. It’s interesting that the pejorative, Obamacare, has become the only name I hear anymore. The Affordable Care Act? Well, according to so many people, it really isn’t that affordable or that caring. I’m really hoping that this administration will come up with something that is workable for people, and that he won’t lie about his plan like the last one did. I also hope he’ll use the talents of people who know how to set up an online system that won’t have all the screw ups of the previous one.

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  2. Go you! I believe in everything you do, but I’m not as brave. I don’t post political things on my FB or Twitter, but if I see a post like yours I jump on and loudly agree in the comments. It’s kind of self-preservation since selling books is very hard and I don’t want to alienate people (and I know some of my buyers are Trumpers). But I think you’re AWESOME for going to the Women’s March and standing up to that madman! 🙂

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    1. It’s weird how nervous I was about posting this. I’m pretty positive you can tell where I stand from my writing alone, but saying it seems so different.

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  3. I’m with you, sister! Just know you aren’t alone. There are many of us right now who are disturbed and deeply upset. People have put a LOT of faith in him to fix all the things they think are broken. I really do hope they’re right. His malignant narcissism has me concerned he’s going to get us all killed.

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    1. I’m also bothered by his lack of specifics and details. Really, the list goes on but I’m scared and I don’t mind saying it.

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  4. I agree with you 100%. I have never been political on social media but starting with my participation on our local Women’s March I have been sharing more. I don’t feel like I can be silent when I honestly believe our democracy is at risk. To me it’s not a Democrat or Republican thing. It’s about our whole way of life. I could go on all day but the attacks on the press and calling them the “opposition party” are just one of the many things that scare me to no end.

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    1. “I don’t feel like I can be silent when I honestly believe our democracy is at risk.” – that is exactly how I feel. I hate talking about politics. I hate confrontation, but I feel it’s necessary right now. Let’s hope for peaceful times soon.

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  5. You know what kills me? How every media outlet is owned by the same fraternity of people who are only interested in spreading their message, therefore we only get to hear their narrow drivel. (Aka, this person is bad, that person is good. You’re a hater if you feel this way, you’re a bigot if you don’t agree with us.) It’s rather disgusting, and it’s costing this nation in unity, peace, and compassion. I’m so sick of the propaganda.

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    1. There are a ton of problems with today’s media and some outstanding journalism as well. You have bias on both sides, corporate ownership, 24×7 access which leads news agencies to fill the void any way they can which includes sometimes making small incidents into huge issues, pleasing sponsors and worrying more about rates/sales than they do about reporting, pandering to power, etc. It would be great if there was a channel/outlet that gave fully comprehensive reporting without massaging facts to fit agendas. What concerns me is that each side points to the other side and says “propaganda” but doesn’t recognize it on their own side.

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  6. Sigh yeah I know what you’re saying. It’s my social networking policy not to share my political opinions, but sometimes, being quiet makes me clench my jaw so hard it gives me a headache.

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  7. I don’t do politics online anymore. It may be cowardice, though in my mind, I stopped because most people don’t listen. They are just so quick to call names and be mean. I love the opportunity to have a friendly discussion with people, because I believe knowledge is power and an open mind is necessary or you’ll fall for evil. I hope I never walk in lock-step with any ideology or agenda. I once asked my father how so many Germans could stand behind someone like Hitler, that they must have been monsters. He said no, they were just people. Mostly good people who didn’t question enough. This year’s election made me feel sick as a voter. I don’t want to have to choose between the lesser of two evils. We must start demanding some integrity from our candidates.

    And if only there was a news source I can trust to jut give me the facts and not try to massage me with their view, If you find one, let me know.

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    1. I get the feeling. I would have LOVED a qualified third choice. But this is where we are. And honestly, if this election cycle had been different, I would’ve stayed silent politically. I love a good discussion but I’m trying to keep those face to face these days.

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