This election is unbelievably important to me and my family. My dad came here as a young man fleeing from a dictatorship where the government took everything from his family. Eventually the government there disappeared 30,000 people. In other words, they killed 30,000 of their own citizens. Thank God my dad got out when he did. When Trump came along, my family immediately saw him as a threat to our democracy, and we were right. Currently, at the border & around the country, Trump has babies & small children locked up in cages like animals! Men, women and children are being denied not only their legal right to claim asylum, but even the most basic right to sufficient food, water, hygiene, and medical access. One of those people could have been my father had he come here now instead of years ago. On my mother's side, her grandfather's entire family were brutally killed in the Holocaust. My great-grandfather was the only one in his family who survived. That could happen here. You don't think it can, but there are people who see Jews, Muslims, African Americans, Asians, Latinos & even Democrats as less than human. They wouldn't spare one thought to our internment, or even our deaths. They do nothing, say nothing, & know nothing about what is happening to the immigrant families at our border, and in many cases, they support these reprehensible conditions as punishment or a deterrent. It's terrifying to think about it.
But one man has given me hope of better times to come. He inspires me with his warmth, compassion & courage. That man is Joe Biden! I trust him because I know him. I trust him because I know his record of compassion. I knew his record of action. I know how he has led on all the things most important to me, from the environment, to protecting women from violence and domestic abusers, to civil rights, to taking money out of politics, to gay rights, to gun safety. Joe's on my side! He's on the side of working Americans. He's on the side of people of color. He's on the side of immigrants. He's on the side of people with disabilities. Obama chose Joe Biden. Not only did he trust Joe Biden, but they became best friends. That says a lot about Joe, because I believe Barack Obama to be an incredibly good judge of character. But it's not just Obama that loves Joe. Joe Biden's endorsed by a huge number of Senators, Governors, Congressional Representatives, Mayors and union leaders. Moreover, almost everyone who ran for President endorses him, from Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, and Mike Bloomberg to even Andrew Yang. They like him, they know him and they trust him. Biden has strong relationships with leaders all over the world. They trust Biden, too. That's very important! Our place in the world and our alliances have completely deteriorated under Trump. If Biden is elected, these relationships will immediately be repaired. I am counting on that.
I'm hoping that we can repair many of the injuries Trump has caused to our democracy by replacing him with a good man like Joe Biden. But, I'm not just hoping. I'm working my rear off to make it happen. I'm tweeting, making memes and gifs, volunteering, making calls, doing text banks, knocking on doors, recruiting volunteers, registering voters, and I'm donating what I can to his campaign as well as Democratic Senate candidates and the DNC. I hope you will JOIN TEAM JOE as well! We need you!
-Malena--Wash Your Hands & Fight Tyranny!
A self described Mother and Lover of Democracy