I am so dismayed at what is going in the United States. A man seemingly without a moral compass in his personal, business or political life is leading the country and………… nearly half of its citizens have no problem with that. The members of his party follow their immoral leader like fearful sheep anxious that not doing so might cost them their own political jobs. An American speaker in our church on Sunday said it is hard to have hope in a time like this, hard to believe that God’s love will triumph when vulnerable people are being placed in ever greater jeopardy and racism of many kinds flourishes in a way many Americans thought was relegated to the past.
As a Canadian who wants to help people like our speaker have hope, and as someone who could have my own life effected by the president’s actions on climate change, free trade, immigration, and military action I feel helpless. What can I do? I decided one little thing I could do was to buy subscriptions to a couple American periodicals that seem to report with integrity.
I decided to subscribe to The Atlantic and The Washington Post since both I believe offer a fairly measured and honest view of what is happening in America. I admit I was attracted to The Washington Post by the recent movie about it and also by the fact they just won a Pulitzer Prize for their story about defeated Republican candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. I figure by supporting the efforts of the free American press with my subscription money I can encourage journalists to keep reporting the news in an honest way even when their country’s president is constantly calling them ‘fakes.’
Purchasing a couple of news subscriptions isn’t doing a whole lot. But it’s doing something.