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Exhausted and Longing for Sanity's Return

I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted with the every-single-day-ness negativity of Trump.

Do you, like me, long for the “good old days,” when we heard from our president when he (or futuristically, “she”), had something transformational to say? And I mean in a good way!

Announcing non-divisive incentives to make peace with other nations.

Getting along and working together with our decades-long allies.

Standing strong for all citizens against our decades-long “non-allies.”

Supporting nuclear non-proliferation.

Respecting and caring for our veterans.

Wanting and working towards reliable and reasonably cost healthcare for all.

Hiring the most knowledgeable person, with a solid background in each field, to lead our government agencies so all citizens can be best served by said agencies.

Wanting and working towards a reasonable immigration reform, protecting DACA children, protecting legal immigrants, NOT separating and caging immigrant babies and children from their parents. Hey, I personally am a parent of an international immigrant adult child naturalized citizen; think I’m not worried? Because, what’s next?

Wanting and working towards the so-much-needed improvements to the infrastructure of our America.

Supporting our manufacturers and farmers with free trade, not “trade wars” and handouts.

Do you long for the day when the president of the United States of America did not lie EVERY SINGLE DAY?

Do you long for the day that our Congress would not give up its authority to corporate dollars, but instead, would use its authority to enact legislation in a bipartisan way, looking at what compromises could be attained for the good of all? Think John McCain, the last GOP hero.

Do you, in your heart of hearts, long for universal health care? Please!

Do you in your heart of hearts, long for a leader who can unite us as a country, so we don’t hate each other?!

Do you, in your heart of hearts, wish you could look at your neighbor and have it not matter who they might have voted for or why their values are so different from yours?

Do you, in your heart of hearts, wish for a family member who you’ve loved and lost because of the direction of our country? Hey, me too!

We will keep going, because, like me, in your heart of hearts, you believe that the United States of America is something to behold. Just read the history books – the United States of America was such a fragile thing, our forefathers were youngsters, with powerful ideas that made America the most powerful nation in the world.

Because of our values. Equality. Opportunity. Freedom. Integrity. Truth. Respect.

l long for all of that.

Joan Sloane, a resident of Myrtle Beach, SC, is a committed activist who is convinced that our country is in danger because of today's political leadership and that each of us has a responsibility to make our voices heard in whatever way we can.

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