We are Being Abandoned by Our Leaders #Democracy

Laurie Barrera
2 min readDec 29, 2021


I woke up with a start this morning from a dream that had abandonment issues. The news of a dear friend with a cancer diagnosis had me in a funk yesterday, thinking about others who have left me in my past. Grief is an odd devil of sorts, popping up when you least expect it to.

I gradually began to wonder if the abandonment feeling was also taking place all around us in our nation right now. Supposed leaders are passing bills, catering to their far-right base that are selfish about their perceptions and leaving out Americans that actually do care about each other.

Abandoning people of color in America by white washing history. Really? Why? I am just now learning things that I had no idea about. That is wrong. This country should welcome learning everything, no matter how difficult.

Abandoning women in healthcare choices, passing bills that are repressive. Health choices in America should be personal and private. Keep your beliefs out of the exam room.

Banning lessons and books in schools, allowing a critical race theory to become the new boogeyman for conservatives. “CRT does not attribute racism to white people as individuals or even entire groups of people. It’s the institutions that are embedded in certain laws. Americans are not able to separate this from their own identity.” Taken from Why Are States Banning Critical Race Theory?

Abandoning citizens by passing anti-mask and anti-vaccine laws that will only spiral America deeper into a pandemic that was mishandled in the first place. It was about a reelection and not about health safety. Our state leaders should be expected to protect us.

Abandoning Americans by the fact that little or no consequences (to date) has taken place for all the insurrectionists, not only those who breached the Capitol building but those who planned literally stealing an election.

And, on that note, abandoning Americans voting rights in favor of suppression to retain power and control citizens. Here is a good explanation of what America is facing 2021 to 2022 Voter Suppression. America does need a federal voting rights act passed so that every state has the same parameters when it comes to voting.

Damnit, my vote should matter.

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