What If They Gave an Inauguration and Nobody Came?




Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence invites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. Things  like”pro decency”, “pro diversity”,  and “pro kindness” come to mind.  I personally believe that the folks complaining about Meryl Streep’s speech last night at the Golden Globes should sit down and think carefully. She wasn’t talking about politics, she was talking about decency.  Unfortunately, being “pro decency”, “pro diversity”, and “pro kindness” makes you anti-everything these days.

The truth in ones character is shown by the way they treat those who are weaker in strength and have no voice.  People need to remember they can’t take the things they said back. History has been recorded through several means of media and their acts will haunt them for the rest of their life.

The question I ask myself is: how can I, or we, fight the insanity that has already begun– and will soon accelerate out of control. Government is the people that need to be served by working effectively when working properly.  Anyone who cant even use self-discipline on a simple Twitter account sure isn’t going to be able to handle the really big issues. So all I can add is that my word for the day is: “empathy”! A forgotten word it seems, as I  was raised to believe respect was earned by the actions of another.

Last evening Meryl Streep never mentioned politics in her speech-she never mentioned names. She talked about doing what is right, she talked about how the most important job in our country should be led by a grown up with decency, humanity and compassion. You may think ‘staying above the fray’ of politics and not participating makes you cleaner than most. It doesn’t. It makes you complicit. You may not take an interest in politics, but rest assured, it takes an interest in you.

And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.” Meryl Streep



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Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

4 responses »

  1. Very well said Linda. I feel very sad that it has come to this and pray for all those that think they have elected someone great to lead them. I pray that I am wrong in my thoughts of what lies in the future under his rule !

  2. I am asking to be removed from your list. I didn’t sign up for this for more political crap and bashing of the newly elected president. When I do genealogy it is for the joy of researching family, not this.

    • I can’t remove you from the list you have to remove your name by clicking Unfollow.. I write 1000s of pieces each year and 99% is about genealogy.. but I do write my personal thoughts once in awhile. It is a free world and we all agree to disagree

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