This afternoon when I got home from work I found in the mailbox my yearly dues notice from the Daughters of the American Revolution. I have been a member in good standing of the D.A.R. for exactly 28 years, as of June 2.
National, state, and chapter dues total $68.50, plus $2.00 suggested for the State Regent's project.
To put it bluntly, there are more pressing needs for my $70.
Here is the text of my letter to our local Regent:
Dear [Name Omitted],
After exactly 28 years in the D.A.R., I will not be renewing my membership. My decision to leave N.S.D.A.R. and Snobville Chapter has nothing to do with the fine members of our Chapter or with the mission of the D.A.R.
I have lost my patriotism. I am no longer proud to be an American, which, I think, is a cornerstone value of the D.A.R.
Please remove me from the rolls.
[My so-called Married Name, because they never bought that feminist stuff]
My ancestors hid behind rocks, muskets clutched in shaking hands, to establish this nation. I've always been proud of that. But who can be proud, who can hold her hand over her heart, when her country joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only other nation outside the Paris Climate Agreement?
America has been undermined by racism, espionage, the corporate agenda, and the massive power of the very wealthy. It is not a nation I can stand behind.
I never came to this place during the presidency of Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush. I would welcome either of them into the Oval Office on this or any other day, if it rid us of the scourge of Donald Trump and Republicans who support him to advance their own anti-woman, pro-rich, polluting agenda.
To arms, Warrior Women! The time to drink tea and pledge the flag is over.