Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

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What would have been another lazy Sunday afternoon, was far from it when I gathered with hundreds of others at Kansas City International Airport to protest against President Trump’s Executive Order barring people from seven Muslim countries for the next 90 days.

Our airport is far from a flourishing international airport.  Most of the international flights are headed to Mexico or Canada, but that didn’t stop this crowd from assembling at our small terminal to send a message.  This ban is wrong. Refugees are welcome in our city.  Kansas City is a friendly and welcoming place for all who are peaceful to settle.  My America doesn’t ban groups of people based on religion.  We don’t favor one religion over another.  My America doesn’t turn our backs on refugees in crisis.  We did once and the consequences were disastrous.  We learn from our mistakes.  Regardless of what President Trump says, I know that is what really makes America great.

I am sure if I surveyed the crowd, we would all be there for similar reasons, but I can only speak for myself.  I had things to do today.  My house needed cleaning and my fridge is empty.  I desperately needed to go to the grocery store.  I have dirty clothes piling up.  Like a lot of Americans, Sunday is my catch up day for household chores.  I’m a busy working mom with a packed weekday schedule.  So why did I ignore all of those things and join the others holding signs?

This is why.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
Martin Niemöller

 


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15 thoughts on “The Kansas City Protest #NoBanNoWall

  1. Jinx says:

    Remember that hater-in-chief Steve Banning is now not only a Trump advisor with an office close to the Oval, but is now appointed to the National Security Council as a permanent member ( Director of Nat. Intelligence and the Chairman of Joint Chiefs now will attend only when invited). This is just the beginning of the hate-based policy we will see.

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      I think people that are activists are ramping up and people who weren’t activists before and suddenly joining the movement. Thanks for reading! #Resist

  2. Alan Brennaman says:

    Thank you.

  3. blogenfreude1 says:

    This is a rebellion. I rebel.

    And how fucking bad is it when you find yourself agreeing with Dick Cheney?

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      I was thinking the same thing-Dick Cheney?!?!

  4. Joel Waldman says:

    I am very proud of you! Love, Dad

    Sent from my iPad

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  5. LisaBenlon says:

    Thank you for doing this. I am out of the state or I would have been there with you. We need to show those wanting to come to this country that we are not all haters and our president certainly doesn’t speak for us.
    I came away from the Women’s March on the 21st truly empowered.

  6. ritawade says:

    I live 6 hours from KC and 4 hrs from Denver so too far to go on a weekend. Thank you for going to the airport! You represent all of us who couldn’t be there. Thanks for pointing out that you were busy too but you went. Thank you and all the others who came out. I’m praying for all of us!

  7. Kat R. Pillar says:

    Dear Aimee Patton,

    Whether you realize it or not, you are in the process of transformation. I can see it, as expressed in your writing, and clearly conveyed with the strength of your words.

    You take the reader of this blog on a simple journey, explaining who you are, why you joined like-minded citizens at the airport, and why you were willing to sacrifice part of your Sunday to deliver a message of support for those affected by this order. And you closed with a pertinent poem by Pastor Niemoller. Your message is concise, powerful, and effective. Nicely done. Leading by example.

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      Thank you Kat. What a wonderful comment to receive.

  8. Rick Cooley says:

    Reblogged this on Rcooley123's Blog and commented:
    Excellent firsthand account of protest in Kansas City against Trump’s recent travel ban aimed at prospective visitors and refugees from some predominantly Muslim countries. Hopefully, this and other across the nation will help to halt the xenophobic and Islamophobic hatred which helped propel Donald Trump to the Oval Office last fall.

  9. Did these people cry when Obama bombed Libya and killed leader Qaddafi?? Such phoneys for Soros and the financial empire. Time to Fire Mnuchin, as a Soros agent…. Trump can you fire Mnuchin and pass Glass Steagall act bank separation? http://lit-critter.blogspot.com/2017/01/mnuchin-shitty-movie-scandal.html

  10. BillClinton says:

    Uh oh! Bill Clinton was the Trump of his day.

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