Watching the recent protests was hard to avoid. And confusing. Lots of different factions that were diverse. Mind numb and trying figure out what to make of it all, a voice struck about as clearly as my hope for the final realization. A young black woman, fully masked, finished a fiery explanation : “YO GRANDPAPPY WAS WRONG!”
Opposing the sitting president of your own party means putting policy priorities at risk, in this case appointing conservative judges, sustaining business-friendly regulations and cutting taxes — as well as incurring the volcanic wrath of Mr. Trump.
But, far sooner than they expected, growing numbers of prominent Republicans are debating how far to go in revealing that they won’t back his re-election — or might even vote for Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee. They’re feeling a fresh urgency because of Mr. Trump’s incendiary response to the protests of police brutality, atop his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose private discussions.
Former President George W. Bush won’t support the re-election of Mr. Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, say people familiar with their thinking. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah won’t back Mr. Trump and is deliberating whether to again write in his wife, Ann, or cast another ballot this November. Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, is almost certain to support Mr. Biden but is unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eying a run for office.
And former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced on Sunday that he will vote for Mr. Biden, telling CNN that Mr. Trump “lies about things”
Maybe it is time to ” SCREW UP YOUR COURAGE”
My sister, Gerry Ritter, just joined “the protest”. In her mid-eighties, just over hip surgery, there she was. I was proud of her. Always have been. Is it time for me to be willing to brag that my whole family agrees with Aunt Gerry. Why does the fog of fear even now cause hesitation?
Another passing comment (I can’t remember the source, sorry) struck home, no pun intended: “white America will never get serious about our racism problem until affluent America becomes afraid.’
Lots of sincere white people want change. I have revered certain coaches and their street sense. One, my friend Coach Henry Trevathan is in his 90’s. His take: “…it will never work until there are two parents in the home, working hard at it.” I mentioned this to another wise old coach/friend, David Odom. “You have got a chance if there are two strong ones in the home, a parent and a strong grandmother.”
Again, someone said, “…it will never work unless there is one loving family member who will willingly read to pre-school children”