Our duty

President* Trump,

It’s been one of those jam-packed Sundays and I’m pretty toasty so planning to keep this short.

My big news is that I finished printing the Declaration of Independence pieces (there are five panels) and can take them to get their pictures taken tomorrow afternoon if I can swing taking some time off from work. We’ll see. I wish I could show them to you – not because they are overly lovely (they aren’t) but because I want you to see the part that reads:

“…..But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The long train of abuses and usurpations leading to Despotism didn’t start with you, but you’ve just about nailed the “absolute” part and you’ve finally pushed things to the point where it’s hard to deny our duty to throw off this form of Government that so clearly is not working for our future security, let alone for our Safety and Happiness.

Who knows – the people who end up seeing my show may just think I’m nuts for doing all that embroidery and then printing five not terribly beautiful panels from it. It really could be that in the end, I just saw a rather obsessive idea through to the finish. Even if that ends up being the case, I wager I’ll still feel good about it because it feels so critically important that scads of us get the message out that it’s our collective duty not to put up with what has become a very, very sick status quo and I firmly believe there’s tons of room out-there ways of expressing that message – an obsessive embroidery/printing approach being one of them.

If I get it together to finally update my art website with those images along with the LOVE/VOTE pieces, I’ll send you the link in a letter. In the meantime….

May we be safe from our POTUS and his hench-people.
May we be willing to recognize that absolute Despotism is upon us.
May we have the strength and fortitude to throw off oppressive, repressive forms of Government.
May we accept that our futures depend upon it and it is therefore our duty to do so.

Tracy Simpson

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