Revolutions need a spark to begin.
Tonight, I take one revolutionary step.
For several decades, I’ve collected volumes of historic coins and stamps. Especially coins.
I was honored to receive the Abraham Lincoln coin. And the F.D.R. coin, too. Those people were giants. We were blessed to have them occupy The White House at a critical time in our nation’s history.
I was delighted with the shipments that brought me gold coins commemorating the terms of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. That Washington refused the opportunity to become our first king — and Jefferson’s poetry inspired humanity to champion our cause — must balance out their antebellum slave-holding sins.
Opening the packages that contained the coins honoring Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter and Obama filled me with pride and patriotism. Promise, intelligence, optimism, compassion and forward thinking were the hallmarks of their terms. I smiled as I slid each of them into their plastic page covers and snapped them into my binder.
Along the way, I endured drunken, racist Andrew Johnson, hapless Herbert Hoover, and Dick Cheney/George W. Bush. I had no problem with my Ronald Reagan coin, even though I believe he was a malevolent influence on our body politic.
Then – today – a package arrived with a Donald J. Trump Presidential coin.
No way. I can’t accept a Trump presidential coin.
I didn’t vote for him – and I don’t want him. He’s a menace to the nation we all profess to love.
So, I sent this note to the coin folks…
It made me feel better. And it may affect someone on the other end.
As I said — a revolution needs a spark to begin.