My son came in and sat down on my bed last night. "Me and my friends have been talking. And we came up with a bunch of reasons why arming teachers is stupid." He proceeded to list off the following reasons teachers should not have…
Let's be clear. There is no "both sides" to Charlottesville. Yes, we have free speech in this country and while it's specifically to stop the government from stopping us from saying whatever we want, let's not get in the weeds on that one like we always do. Let's look at it like this: A group of people whose main tenet is that whites are superior and the earth should be "cleansed" of everyone who isn't white were marching around chanting "Jews will not replace us" as well as "blood and soil" (yes, a Nazi thing, just FYI) all while rallying around a statue of a confederate general. Many things the president said about Charlottesville were incorrect, from who had permits, to the implication that you need them to protest to begin with. He even lied about the winery, which his son owns and isn't anywhere near the largest in the country. But "both sides" were at fault? Just think it through from a moral perspective.
The post-mortems on why Hillary lost are finally in full swing and I'm in agreement with the gist: the media misrepresented her, didn't correct lies about her, and the Comey letter sealed the deal. She also, of course, made mistakes herself, especially by misreading the angst and mood of the country. Here's the thing, I am/was/will always be a fan of Hillary Clinton. Is she a perfect person or candidate? No. Do I agree with every part of her platform? No. But she is brilliant and spent her life fighting for children and healthcare. Did I want her to run this time? I was only against it because of exactly what happened. She got beat up - again. She has baggage, almost 100% of it lies or ridiculous twistings of the truth - but people just can't seem to get past their hate.
Today, people from all over the world gathered in their cities in a show of solidarity for equal rights. It was called the "Women's March," but in my opinion, it should have been the "People's March," because it put on display all the issues we have been wrestling with since Donald Trump was elected president (and before). Here in Denver, they were expecting 40,000 people and that number exploded to well over 100,000, with some estimates as high as 200,000. We found it to be a bit overwhelming, of course, with all those people - but the atmosphere was all about love. A huge variety of signs, as you will see in the gallery below, with creative flair and humor. Today was so uplifting for us! We sincerely thank the organizers, the police, the city of Denver and everyone who made the Women's March possible.