2020 – Our America – Our Vision?

I wrote “MY VISION FOR OUR AMERICA” essay on 12/23/2017, and the first addendum on 9/30/2018 before our last election and appalling Supreme Court nomination. Here we are again less than 3 weeks from the next election, going through another appallingly partisan Supreme Court nomination, and another Women’s March taking place today in Washington, D.C. I have included the original essay and first addendum, and now a new addendum for this crucial time in American history.

10/17/2020 Addendum: “MY VISION FOR OUR AMERICA” by Marlene Rose Besso

There are 17 days until election day. The past 3 years and 9 months have been an excruciatingly long time to wait to make our voices heard with our right to vote for President in America. My fervet hope is that we make the right choice this time around. If we fail, our democracy fails, it’s as basic as that. I want to be proud once again to be an American. The destruction of our reputation hopefully has not been irreparably damaged by this current administration, or more aptly referred to as this “regime”. I am not going to express in words all the inhumane policies enacted, disrespect for the rule of law and loss of moral authority of our executive branch, Etc. We have 2 1/2 months to go before Inauguration Day on January 20, 2021 when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in. They will have to repair all the damage done by the bully and dysfunctional child that was at the helm for 4 years. Unfortunately we will still be enduring a pandemic, but I trust that the Scientists will be tasked to give the American people the truth and information needed on a regular basis, so we can actually turn the corner on this horrid virus and ruined economy. Thankfully adults will be in charge, and we will need all their leadership, expertise and empathy to keep moving forward. I believe there will be light at the end of this very dark tunnel, and America will survive and thrive into the future. Our children and their children deserve a future that includes, clean air, clean water, roads and bridges that won’t fall down, equality in all human aspects and justice for all. I have faith in the younger generation, they will make their voices heard, and those that are old enough to vote in this election, they will be there to begin the change for their future and ours. VOTE as if your life depends on it, then we can once again create the Vision for Our America that we can be proud of. The last 4 years will go down in history as our worst exercise in democracy, but hopefully we will never make such a mistake again. Yesterday I utilized my constitutional right to vote, making my voice heard by casting my early ballot here in Sedona, Arizona.

9/30/18 ADDENDUM: “MY VISION FOR OUR AMERICA” by Marlene Rose Besso

In 37 days we MUST ALL get out to VOTE on November 6, 2018, it is our only chance of making changes in OUR America that will affect everyone. I am hopeful that the outcome will allow us to begin healing and get on track to become once again Proud to be Americans. It is astonishing what has continued to unfold in these past 9 months since I wrote my essay last year. What we have given BIRTH to in Our America is absolutely appalling, but at the same time I am very encouraged by the courageous and brave women who have come forward to speak their truth. We are slowly but surely beginning to be understood and listened to. We will not be ignored any longer. In these past several months we have all watched as brave and courageous women have spoken their truth causing powerful men to be deservingly taken down from their thrones for their horrendous disrespect of women. We are finally watching respect and equality slowly being restored for women in this country, it is happening in our workplaces and hometowns every day, thanks to the Freedom of Our Press these wrongs have been exposed and now the momentum of change is occurring daily. This past week watching the bravery and honesty exemplified by Dr. Ford as she spoke her truth at the Senate hearing caused me to feel sadness and gratitude at the same time. It was heart wrenching that she had to share the details of what happened to her in public, when this should have been handled confidentially and fairly by the so-called leadership in Congress, but nevertheless, she did her civic duty and now more than ever we all know how credible and honorable that was for her to share and endure. Thank you Dr. Ford. There was a moment when someone misspoke and referred to her as Senator Ford…that made me smile, since she seemed more CAPABLE of that title than some of the so-called Senators on that committee. I watched in total astonishment when the SCOTUS Nominee shared his so-called truth. At times I had to turn off the volume, it was excruciating to watch. I kept thinking how in the world would it be possible for someone with that kind of temperament and partisanship get confirmed to sit on the Supreme Court for a lifetime position? There must be more honorable women and men to choose from as compared to what we witnessed and learned about in this candidate this past week. It’s ironic that the choice was made by a president that we did not choose! The confirmation is being bulldozed through by the GOP elected officials that have obviously lost all respect for their country. Thankfully this confirmation is on hold for an FBI investigation, something that our level-headed and honorable elected officials (on the other side) have asked for all along. I am confident that the truth always comes out. In the meantime, the only way to resolve this imbalance and deterioration of Our America is to VOTE these people out of their positions of disrespect for our country. There are many honorable candidates deserving of our VOTES, so we can once and for all begin to reverse this historic downfall in our government. We must bring back the crucial concept of caring about OUR AMERICA over their party. Our democracy will be strong once again when we all make our voices heard and VOTE on November 6, 2018.

12/23/17
“MY VISION FOR OUR AMERICA” by Marlene Rose Besso
There are 8 days left in this fabulous year 2017! I say that this year has been fabulous very sarcastically as you might have guessed! January 20, 2017 began a new chapter in America that the majority of us are still in horror and shock over on a daily basis. The Women’s March on the next day, January 21st was awe inspiring, invigorating, and for a few weeks we were in the afterglow of having made our voices heard loud and clear, not just women, but men too! Fast forward 11 months later and still the majority of Americans are still in horror and shock on a daily basis if we still watch the news. I have to be vigilant with how much news I ingest, otherwise I become depressed, angry and sometimes feel hopeless. Other times I am again invigorated to make my voice heard, calling and emailing my Congress Members and Senators each time the GOP attempts to rape Americans from their basis needs. This is NOT a democracy anymore, our government is run by the GOP who refuse to put their country over party, and greedy donors who control financing their re-election. It all resembles a sports event, ramming the ball/bill through to the other side, just to get a so called win! In 2018 those attempts and very few wins will be rewarded with big GOP re-election losses. Americans must go to the polls and make their voices heard with our votes for honorable people who care about our country over party. We cannot sit back and watch our country be raped and abused by those in our government who have no conscious or respect for our country. I have used the word rape, and now the word abused because as of the past several months, a huge Tipping Point has occurred in our country thanks to courageous women who made their voices heard loud and clear. It gives me hope for our future and so much pride for all the women who have come forward after years of shame and suffering that was not theirs to live with. In 2017 a woman was not elected into office because of an old antiquated Electoral College procedure but let us not forget that a WOMAN was Elected by popular vote. Now the women are the ones who are literally “draining the swamp” of men who have no respect for women, using their powerful positions to degrade, destroy and disable them from progressing in their careers. Now the men have lost their careers and in my opinion should be making apologies and going to jail for their disgusting behavior.
My prayer and hope for OUR AMERICA, our government to be run by a majority of women. No lobbyists, donors, big money for elections, just honorable citizens who care what direction our country will go in the future. I wish I would be alive to witness the transformational changes of a government run with respect, dignity, kindness, and compassion. A truly needed advancement in our country instead of this insanity we are witnessing in 2017. For the sake of our children, and their children we must commit to voting for honorable candidates and make our voices heard loud and clear on election day November 6, 2018. See you on January 20, 2018 for the 2nd annual WOMEN’S MARCH.

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