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Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Protecting the Children on a Trumpian Planet

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In Trump's world, health care is not a right, it's a gold-plated privilege that makes lots of money for his friends in the insurance industry. In the meantime, he's fighting Obamacare and Medicare for All, and in that fight, he sets himself against three kids I love.

It Shouldn't Be Donald Trump's Future (Which Is No Future at All)

To say the least, all of this leaves me distressed, disturbed, and depressed. Under the circumstances, it's easy enough to just throw up my hands and bury my head in the sand. That, unfortunately, doesn't help Seamus, Madeline, and Rosena one little bit, nor does it help the millions of other kids threatened by the Trumpian assault on the future. So I carry on, putting one foot in front of the other and doing my best to keep working, however small the scale, for the better future that President Trump is so eager to deny them.

After all, the future doesn't belong to him or to me. It belongs to my kids and your kids and all the generations to follow.

The skies, the mesas, the old growth forests, the seas, and everything else, all the richness, beauty, diversity of our ecosystem doesn't belong in Donald Trump's wallet. It's ours, not his. It belongs to all of us -- and none of us -- at the same time. That means our job, above all, is to protect it and so our children, all of them!

Frida Berrigan is the author of It Runs In The Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood. She is a TomDispatchregular and writes the Little Insurrections column for WagingNonviolence.Org. She has three children and lives in New London, Connecticut, where she is a gardener and community organizer who is now running for mayor as a member of the Green Party.

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Copyright 2019 Frida Berrigan

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