Have you seen enough? Is there any question left in your mind? Can you condone the direction this administration with the complicity of the GOP is taking our once proud country? Do you feel shame at the actions of our government? Do you tolerate racism? Do you support the enrichment of the “One Percent” and corporations at the expense of the middle class and poor? Are you okay with the possibility of the elderly losing their Social Security, a fund they have paid into their entire lives? Can you tolerate the war this government is waging against the most vulnerable among us? Can you excuse babies and toddlers or a child of any age being taken from parents en masse for political purposes? Are you ok with putting entire families indefinitely into what amounts to concentration camps? Do you have any compassion for anyone besides yourself?

You can’t bury your head in the sand in the face of overwhelming facts, not “alternative facts,” not opinions, but hard, verified facts! This is no longer a matter of being conservative or liberal, even Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Independent. It is about who we are going to be as a country going forward. Will we choose hate and fear over love and hope?

I know it is overwhelming and more than a little depressing, but you must be strong and raise your voice for what this country was founded on and has strived to stand for – at times poorly – for the almost 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We haven’t gotten it right all the time, but we have always found our way clear of those times. It is our fortitude and resilience that has seen us through in the past. We can do it again, but we must VOTE. It is the one true tool we have against tyranny. Yes, tyranny . . . “cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control.”

The first step is to make sure you are registered to vote. Do it now. Don’t wait. Then you will have to endure until November. I know it is a long time off. The outrage and anger will diminish, but you cannot become complacent. You may even tire of being told over and over to vote.

Plan now. Make a commitment to yourself. Then in November, send packing those that have supported and been complicit in the tyranny you clearly see now. It’s your right, exercise it. It’s your voice, use it.