“What you permit, you promote.” I learned that concept from a vice president that I answered to when I was in a nursing leadership position. It helped to guide my interactions with staff. This also applies to life in general and to the presidency of Donald Trump. I have no power to give permission, but I need to speak out so that my silence doesn’t imply promotion.
I do not want to be perceived as promoting that it is acceptable for a man to believe that he can grab a woman any way he desires and get away with it, or to mimic people with disabilities, or to mock people who disagree with him by giving them derogatory names.
I do not want to be perceived as promoting approval for banning people from another country based on a bias of nationality or religion, or promoting our government’s actions to forcibly take children away from their parents and place them in unsafe conditions.
I do not want to be perceived as promoting a president who has rolled back progress that had been made to protect our environment by ramping up coal mining and other fossil fuel development, denying climate change, approving public land sell-offs, withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement and many other actions.
I do not want to be perceived as promoting tax cuts for extremely wealthy individuals and giant corporations while cutting safety net programs such as SNAP (food stamps) for millions of Americans.
I do not want to be perceived as promoting autocratic decisions lacking input from those best informed on an issue, such as scientists, experienced military leaders and ambassadors.
Remember that “what you permit, you promote” to our children, our grandchildren and leaders!
Elizabeth P. Fuss