I AM Part of the Resistance (by Thomas J. Gray)

UPDATE: I’ve received notification by Thomas J. Gray that he is the author of this piece.  By the time I had seen it on facebook, it had been added to – so I am updating this post to more accurately reflect the original wording.  I liked much of what had been added, and I understand that in the passion of those first horrible days, many felt similar feelings and simply added their own parts.   This phrase was added:

The survival of our democracy and our way of life demands that we stand and resist. So I will Resist. I AM part of the Resistance, and I AM proud of it.

Here is the original, by Thomas J. Gray:

Some people are saying that we should give Donald Trump a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and “he is everyone’s president.” This is my response:

I will not “work together” to build a wall.
I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.
I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, no matter how bad they might have been, so that we could have something more agreeable to our Oligarchy.
I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1%.
I will not “work together” to increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
I will not “work together” to help him line the pockets of himself and his cronies.
I will not “work together” to weaken (or demolish) environmental protection.
I will not “work together” to sell American lands to companies which then despoil those lands.
I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from anyone.
I will not “work together” to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world.
I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.
I will not “work together” to increase the immunity the police already have when they kill people of color (or anyone!) who is unarmed and does not pose any real threat.
I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
I will not “work together” to allow torture and “black ops” prison sites.
I will not “work together” to “take their oil.”
I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.
I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
I will not “work together” to increase the amount of nations that have nuclear weapons.
I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.
I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.
I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.
I will not “work together” to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged “pre-existing condition.”
I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.
I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.
I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.
I will not “work together” with Donald Trump or anyone who supports him, as I view him as an enemy of this nation and the principles on which it was founded.

Signed,

Thomas J. Gray

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Thomas J. Gray
    Mar 06, 2017 @ 20:30:30

    I am the author of this piece, although this version is a plagiarized one that someone named Patricia Rollins Trosclair posted after seeing my original (written and posted on my FB timeline on Jan. 28). She removed my name, stuck in some poorly written sentences, and then put her name in as though she had written it.

    Interestingly enough, I was contacted by Paul of Peter, Paul, and Mary. He saw my little essay and asked me if I would be OK if he turned it into a song. Of course, I said “yes.”

    This is the original:

    Some people are saying that we should give Donald Trump a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and “he is everyone’s president.” This is my response:

    I will not “work together” to build a wall.
    I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.
    I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, no matter how bad they might have been, so that we could have something more agreeable to our Oligarchy.
    I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1%.
    I will not “work together” to increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
    I will not “work together” to help him line the pockets of himself and his cronies.
    I will not “work together” to weaken (or demolish) environmental protection.
    I will not “work together” to sell American lands to companies which then despoil those lands.
    I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from anyone.
    I will not “work together” to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world.
    I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
    I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.
    I will not “work together” to increase the immunity the police already have when they kill people of color (or anyone!) who is unarmed and does not pose any real threat.
    I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
    I will not “work together” to allow torture and “black ops” prison sites.
    I will not “work together” to “take their oil.”
    I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
    I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.
    I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
    I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
    I will not “work together” to increase the amount of nations that have nuclear weapons.
    I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.
    I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.
    I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
    I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.
    I will not “work together” to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
    I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged “pre-existing condition.”
    I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.
    I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.
    I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.
    I will not “work together” with Donald Trump or anyone who supports him, as I view him as an enemy of this nation and the principles on which it was founded.

    Signed,

    Thomas J. Gray

    Reply

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