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Congrats Puerto Rico

The essence of any real democracy is that the voice and the vote of the average person on the street is just as important as the voice and the vote of the politician or the member of the 1%.

Puerto Rico has been through a lot in the last few years. But this week, the people who call this island home proved that democracy works. Ricardo Rosselló finally agreed to step down after nearly 1000 pages of texts containing homophobic, misogynistic and profanity laden conversations were leaked to the public.

As I see it, this is a sign of hope. Democracy still exists in this world. The average citizen still has a voice and is not afraid to use it, especially when they disagree with those who they hired (i.e. elected) to run the country.

I hope that same voice comes through next fall and kicks you know who out of office.

Congrats to the people of Puerto Rico. May they inspire all of us to fight for our rights and speak up when we know that our political leaders are not doing what they should be doing.

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Why Are We Not Talking About Puerto Rico?

America has been hit by three hurricanes in a very short amount of time: Irma, Harvey and Maria.

Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, leaving millions of American citizens without the basic necessities. While another President would focus his or her energy to getting aid and supplies to those who are in need, President Trump decided to focus on one thing: the NFL players who protested injustice by taking a knee, locking arms or simply not being on the field while the Star Spangled Banner was sung at the beginning of the game.

The rules of American democracy can be boiled down to one simple statement: I may not agree with you, but I will support your right to speak.

President Trump has forgotten this. He has also forgotten that he is no longer the owner of a private corporation who, as long as he stays within the legal and moral boundaries, can run his company as he likes. He is now a public servant, beholden to the citizens of this country. We are his employers, he is our employee. 

I support those who chose to take a knee in silent protest. My heart also goes out to those who are trying to put their lives back together in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. We need to focus on helping our fellow citizens, not tearing them down.

Are you listening President Trump?

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