Proud to be an American–Just Not Today

by Anne Maxfield on January 30, 2017

Accidental Locavore American FlagNo, this isn’t about food, it’s about being an American.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like eating. Even the Accidental Locavore.

Yeah, it’s easy to say #notmypresident.

I didn’t vote for him.

I woke up on November 9th crying and afraid.

Am still afraid.

Maybe more afraid.

A friend who voted for and supports him says, “give him some time to get something done before you complain about him.”

As my mother would say “done and dusted.”

I watched the news last night and saw the demonstrations at JFK.

Muslims were prevented from entering the United States.

Accidental Locavore Not American HandsThe same United States that ALL our ancestors* entered from another country. As immigrants and/or refugees.

May have been a while ago. Mine were persecuted for their religion and came over with the Pilgrims.

Then they got kicked out of Plymouth.

The same United States that our president’s family—grandfather, mother, wives (1 & 3) entered as immigrants, a little more recently than my family—just saying.

And, just saying, I bet there’s an immigrant or two, gosh maybe even a Muslim, employed by Trump somewhere in the organization. Maybe even an ex-wife.

What are we as a country going to get from this?

None of the 9/11 hijackers were from any of the countries on the banned list.

Oh, and BTW, approximately 11,000 more people in the US were killed by guns than terrorists.

See guns being banned?

But this piece is getting away from me.

I went to dinner last night (getting back to the food part) sad and disgusted.

Not wanting to be associated with this pussy-grabbing POTUS.

Not wanting the rest of the world (most of whom don’t know me) to think that I’m that kind of American.

Or maybe any kind of American (bonjour France?).
Certainly not the ones says they’re making America great again.

Not my idea of greatness. Yours?


*Except for Native Americans



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne Maxfield February 4, 2017 at 11:24 am

At least today there was a minor victory with the travel ban.

Anne Maxfield February 4, 2017 at 11:24 am

Thanks Jim!

Jim balano January 31, 2017 at 12:14 pm


Thank you. I agree with you 100%.


Anne Maxfield January 31, 2017 at 11:53 am

Sadly, the only candidate in history to actually act on all his (insane) campaign promises…

joan January 31, 2017 at 11:39 am

unfortunately, he’s already gotten something done, dammit, and though my day with the wonderful crowd at the boston garden was comforting, plus sending postcards, Trump the Dump won’t stop; only impeachment or an accident will……(maybe the odd prayer!)

Lisette January 31, 2017 at 9:39 am

Thanks for openly sharing your thoughts and feelings. We must all decry this #presidentreject and his policies. He and they are a travesty to our democracy and to humanity. I am sickened and frightened everyday more and more.

Anne Maxfield January 31, 2017 at 9:35 am

Nicely said! Having just gone through part of the citizenship process with a friend, I can vouch for the fact that it is extremely rigorous and I doubt that most Americans would pass (including/especially our President).

Anne Maxfield January 31, 2017 at 9:33 am

Thanks Joanne! Right now it doesn’t take much courage but who knows?

Joanne Littau January 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Hoorah for you and your courage! Joanne, Denver

Bernadette January 30, 2017 at 11:46 am

Well said, Anne.
I am an immigrant. A naturalized citizen of the USA.
I am from England. I have white skin and blue eyes, and I’m not a Muslim so I’m welcomed here.
I have been through the immigration process and it was not a simple process. It wasn’t simple back in the nineties, and it is so much more stringent now, especially after 9/11.
I am a card carrying Agnostic bordering on Atheism.
Frankly, I can’t help feeling that our world would be a much better place to live in if all religions were banned.
We all need to belong to one church; The Church of Love, Kindness and Equality.

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