So I decided to come down to DC for a visit for Labor Day Weekend. Decided to fly and ended up doing Delta via NYC JFK. Now the main reason for my trip is seeing Cher at the MGM National Harbor tomorrow night.
The flights this morning went really well, ending up being upgraded to First Class on my first flight thanks to my Medallion Status. Not that I really noticed, as I slept for most of both flights. Arrived in DC about 10 and it was raining as I had feared, but it fit my mood. Checked in to my hotel and luckily they had a room available that early in the morning.
I haven't been to DC since 2003. I don't know what took me so long to come back and certainly a visit under Obama would have been more uplifting. Cher brought me back, it was either DC or Vegas and DC made more sense for the short weekend.
So the rain decidedly fit my negative outlook for our country. I decided to brave it and sight see. Other than about 10 minutes of heavy rain, it just pitter pattered and I stayed mostly dry. I'm glad I did. First stop was the walking past the Washington Monument then into the Lincoln Memorial, past the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, quick stop at the Jefferson Memorial, and then a lengthy tour of the US Holocaust Museum.
There are so many similarities between Hitler and Trump that its scary. The demand of absolute loyalty or the use of racism and hatred to divide and conquer.
Today, I choose to focus on the truly American ideals that Lincoln fought for, that all men are created equal. Thomas Jefferson referenced that laws must keep pace with progress. Our founding fathers, despite what some hateful people might suggest, saw a future of LGBT rights. They knew opinions would change and we would evolve to become better people.
FDR, probably my favourite president, capitalized on the promise of change with a New Deal that created a social contract that emphasized the pursuit of happiness for every American. In fact he said, "They seek to establish systems of government based on the regiment of human beings by a handful of individual rulers."
I choose hope for a better America. Or as Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Our of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."