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Mr. President

This morning I was listening to the radio and Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb was playing. As I listened to the words, I realized that I was also numb, but uncomfortably numb.

Although not the original meaning of the song, some of the words just resonated with me:

“Hello? Hello? Hello
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home?”

I feel so frustrated when thinking what you and your complicit congress are doing to the America I love. The Americans I love. The people, not yet American, who want to play a part in the success of my country. And you are not listening, we can’t get through to you.

You say you are a “stable genius” but so many disagree.

“Come on now
I hear you’re feeling down
Well I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again
I’ll need some information first
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts?”

Here is where it hurts this week: Waiting for an easy decision to fund programs that will help so many: Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Disaster Relief are programs that are needed desperately to care for humans.

DACA protects over 700,000 people who came to the United States as minors. Can you imagine being sent back to a country where you have never been as an adult and quite possibly do not remember or even speak the language? Are you so afraid of them that your best judgement is to send them away to keep you safe? Democrats want this program; do not discount it just to disagree with the other side of the aisle.

CHIP needs a long-term solution for funding, not just a temporary authorization. This needs to be a priority. The children that need this program have no alternative but they still need healthcare. This affects millions of kids and their lives depend on it.

Disaster Relief continues to be a growing issue. With the alteration in worldwide meteorological conditions (climate change), the need to care for our people and improve our infrastructure will only increase. Denying this will not improve you ratings. And Puerto Rico still needs assistance.

The United States has been a country that cares for the people that need protection. Your leadership shows your intention to isolate the United States from our allies, target and bully vulnerable individuals, and golf. Sometimes a show of power is necessary, but sometimes empathy is a more powerful tool.

“There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
…This is not how I am
I have become comfortably numb”

My goal this year is to continue to stay engaged, to ensure that “this is not normal” stays in my head AND my heart. Being uncomfortable is not bad, it is a cause for action. America deserves better and I will continue to work until you are a receding memory, distantly on the horizon.

Comfortably Numb was written by David Gilmour and Roger Waters for Pink Floyd’s album The Wall (1979).





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