When one thinks of Meryl Streep, you think of such great movies as “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The Devil Wears Pradas” and other films that have earned her acclaim, Oscars and a Golden Globe awards. One would never think of her as a political activist.

Until last Sunday night.

That’s when the rules changed.

It got real.

Streep was given the Golden Globes’ Lifetime Achievement award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, last Sunday night and like most winners, she thanked a lot of people that made her career a possibilty. Then Streep made a move that no one expected but everyone noticed.

She took Donald Trump to task.

She didn’t call him by name in her speech but then again, those that were in the audience as well as those that were watching world-wide knew who she was speaking of. Steep took a page out of the playbook of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independece, where in his document he mentioned King George III but did it in third person. If ever this was an exercise in free speech. this was the time and place to do it.

In her speech, Streep said that of all the performances she saw in 2016, the one that stuck with her most — and not in a good way — was not by an actor but by President-elect Donald Trump. Citing the moment when Trump mocked a disabled reporter (an accusation he later denied), she criticized Trump for using his public platform to humiliate others and in doing so offering implicit permission to others to do the same. “Disrespect incites disrespect,” she declared. “Violence incites violence.”

While she came short of calling Trump the devil incarnate, she went on to appeal to those watching to support the Committee to Protect Journalists and to uphold the press in its duty to hold the powerful accountable. She then appealed to her fellow actors to respect the “privilege and responsibility of the act of empathy.”

Finally, Streep put an emotional punctuation mark on her remarks, quoting her late friend Carrie Fisher: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”

In a time where most would rather have their celebrities and sport stars not have a voice, to be performers, Meryl Streep chose to use hers and she did in a public manner for all to see and hear. This was not a voice that quivered, this was a voice that roared, a voice that spoke not just for the well-to-do, it was a voice that spoke for all of us. For that one moment, Streep called to our attention that a mean-spirited, uncaring narcissist-sociopath was about to take office and that he needed to be held accountable.

Whether she was a star or not, Meryl Streep chose to shine for those that could not shine for themselves. Streep chose to fight back at an evil that will be unleashed on most Americans for the next four years. Streep borrowed from that playbook and as Jefferson said in that document, she let facts be presented to a candid world. She didn’t need to mention him by name, they all knew. The Trump adminstration, including his VP, family and cabinet, MUST be held accountable for every word they utter and every action they take, good, bad or indifferent. Those that put this worthless piece of garbage into office are calling those that are speaking out against him sore losers. On the contrary, we are winners. We can, will and must rise up against this man and everything he stands for and we must do it in a way that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesus would approve of, in a non-violent way.

She may not have worn Pradas that night but Meryl Streep exposed the devil for what and who he is.

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