Today was day one; the first day of what many feel could be a very tumultuous presidency. I will admit, publicly, that I refrained from watching or listening to the Inauguration. I feared that the address would be more of the same rhetoric that plagued the election, and after so many months of absurdity, I decided to skip what could be more of the same, and write this instead. I decided to put pen to paper and detail what this presidency means to me. I decided that I would write a letter to a man that has openly objectified, slandered, and victimized women, and yet somehow managed to endear himself to nearly half the nation to become leader of the greatest nation in the world. I decided that as futile an effort it may be, I NEEDED him to know what damage will very likely come from his impulsive, politically uneducated nature. I feel compelled to speak on behalf of the 99% of the country living quite uncomfortably at or below the middle-class demographic that will feel the effects of his actions and words, not as a trickle-down, but as a tsunami. I must advocate not only for my family, but for those of the friends and family that I so dearly love, and do my part to protect the futures of our children, and generations to come.
We have never met, and chances are very high that we never will. I am a middle class woman living in the suburbs of Baltimore, a mere 30 minutes north of your new home. I am a mother, daughter, wife. I am a sister, aunt, granddaughter, and friend. I am also a cervical cancer survivor twice over, and I am in the evaluation process to make sure I am not doing to fight a battle against breast cancer. I am a citizen of this great nation, who has lived well below the poverty line and uninsured, and with the help of Planned Parenthood, was able to have my first diagnosis of cervical cancer detected early enough that I required only surgical intervention. I am forever indebted to Planned Parenthood and the staff there. I continued without insurance until my late 20’s, and therefore only sought care when I was severely ill. I finally secured affordable insurance just before my 29th birthday. Thanks to the ACA, I could finally stop worrying about losing my coverage because of my pre-existing conditions, including any issues that may arise due to having donated a kidney to a very close family friend. That’s right Mr. President; I risked my health to ensure that someone I care about could live a long, healthy life, and in return I get to wonder if I will be eligible for health coverage in the future, because you plan to have your Congress people work to dismantle the only plan in place to ensure that people like me (and there are a LOT!) don’t have to worry about keeping their plans.
I work hard to make sure that my family is cared for. I have spent every day since November 9, 2016 wondering how you were going to work to “Make America Great Again”. America has always been great. America never stopped being great. America will always be great. All you need to do is make sure you don’t bring about a massive change that could potentially harm those of us who work so damn hard to make America what it truly is; the GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD.
An American Citizen
PS: If is matters, I voted with my conscience. Don’t assume that it was for Senator Clinton.