We Went to the Rally

Last night, we had some friends over for dinner. Somewhere have way through dinner, I said something like “well, I don’t want to turn the conversations to politics”, but invariably I did. We spent the next 45min drinking too much wine and talking about the immigrant crisis on the border, the Supreme Court, Congress, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnel, and, of course, the President. Our friends are lovely and It was an engaging and enlightening conversation, but it wasn’t really a fun one. Lately, any discussion of politics isn’t fun. 

I’m not sure who, other than ad sellers on cable news shows, enjoys are current state of politics. It’s also hard to talk politics and feel somewhat powerless to change anything.

But, today my oldest and I attended the Families Belong Together rally in Downtown Los Angeles. Most days, there isn’t much I feel that I can do other than donate to reputable charities. But, in our family, we felt that it was important that we go. I’m not sure how much clapping at speakers or holding a sign really changes the political discourse, but it at least feels like some tiny action

I don’t know your politics, and I doubt you really care about mine, but as a father to two daughters, I can’t support breaking up families at the border. I don’t think there was ever a time when immigration into this country was fair and balanced, but maybe they at least pretended to acknowledge that those coming to the United States were often incredibly vulnerable and scared. Regardless if people are allowed to come here or not, I went to a rally today to remind myself that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.