The Rubber Hits the Road: I Started a Petition on Change.org

Hi Everyone,

It's been a while since I last wrote.  Like many of you, my focus has been on keeping it together and doing some deep soul-searching and soul-work regarding President Trump and his administration.

Two days ago, on February 1st, I started a petition to have President Trump's photograph removed from my son's school where it is a requirement to have a picture of the Commander-in-Chief showcased in a prominent area of the building.

As I explain in my petition (scroll down for the link), I believe that President Trump is a bully and therefore not a good role model for children.  But there is a bigger message that I want to send up and send out. Here it is:

1. Whereas our active duty men and women are not allowed to openly express their opinions (and, by the way, I honor, respect and appreciate their predicament), there are those of us in the community who can (and, last I checked, we still have our First Amendment rights, though I suppose that can change, perhaps faster than getting that picture down).

Our men and women in uniform have signed up for the very difficult task of putting their lives on the line to fight a war (G-d forbid) that will have nothing to do with defending democracy or human rights, but to increase Trump’s personal wealth and his already overgrown ego.  If this does happen, many will lose their limbs and maybe even their lives. This will effect their families emotionally, economically, and psychologically for several generations, as the stability of our middle class has already been profoundly shaken, to say nothing of the tattered Veterans' Administration and the threatened Affordable Care Act and Social Security.  It's an ugly downward spiral that too many Americans are experiencing already and I want to help reverse this tend, not perpetuate it!

2. I want to communicate to the global community that the US military is diverse and that we aren’t all in alignment with carrying out Trump’s dirty work.  I want to let them know that within the military community, we have families of all shapes and sizes and colors, different faiths, different sexual orientations and, certainly, different political leanings.  I, for one, don’t want to be associated in any way, shape, or form with those who do not embrace that diversity and espouse the values of inclusiveness, respect and good will for all.

I hope you will join me in sending out this very important message by signing my petition.  Here's the link:
https://www.change.org/p/remove-president-trump-s-picture-from-our-schools?recruiter=59022899&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

Peace, love and best wishes to all,

Margaret

Why I didn't vote in my letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren

Dear Senator Warren,

My name is Margaret Federal.  I am a college-educated, married, mother of two and a registered Democrat.  I want you to know that I did not vote for Hillary.  Fact is, I didn’t cast a vote for any of the presidential candidates.  I have been derided for this by a few people, understandably, but I stand resolute in my decision – one that I want you to know I deliberated over for many, many months.   

The thing is, Senator, I am no different from a lot of people.  I aspire to have the comfortable life that Hillary and Bill have, one day.  But here’s where I differ from many of the Americans who voted for Hillary:  I aspire to that good life, but not at the expense of my brothers and sisters of the working and middle classes.  These individuals and their families represent the life-blood of our great nation and their plight has been minimized, if not altogether ignored, by the Democrats (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/31/hillary-clinton-and-the-populist-revolt). I knew that if I voted for Hillary, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night knowing that I sold them out, as these elitists have, just so that I could add more lines to my resume. 

The America that I envision is a prosperous country where there’s a place at the table for everybody.  I know that this is attainable because I have seen it with my own eyes here in Germany, where I’ve lived for the last two-and-a-half years (my husband, Kelly, is an active duty US Navy Captain/06).  Living here, I experienced for the first time in my life what it’s like to live in a society with a robust middle class – and I’m 48 years old!

Even after several days of post-election, quiet reflection at her home in Chappaqua, New York, Hillary’s first statement to the press was that she blames the FBI director for the election results. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/11/12/hillary-clinton-blames-one-comey-letter-for-stopping-momentum-and-the-other-for-turning-out-trump-voters/).  Reading this was further confirmation that I made the right choice in not voting for her.  Where I come from, a true leader (and the leader that I want for America) owns their part in whatever they have participated in, instead of pointing the finger at someone else.

A few years ago, when I learned that you were considering running for President in 2016, I was very encouraged.  But then it seemed like you tamped down your message, as well as your spirit.  With all due respect, Ma’am, it looked to me like you started kowtowing to the Clintons and their gang.  It was then that I lost whatever hope I had for a candidate that could begin the transformational change that is so deeply needed in America.  

Then, this morning, I read about what you said in your speech to the members of the Democracy Alliance (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/elizabeth-warren-obamacare-trump-democrats_us_582a4402e4b0c4b63b0e3988?2jc0rrdc16vlvj9k9).

  “She’s back!” I thought to myself, encouraged once again. 

Please continue to stay true to yourself and to your message.  And if you decide to run for President in 2020, I will vote for you.

Very sincerely,

Margaret A. Federal

Stuttgart, Germany