It’s been a long time since I’ve written about our “president.” Like the rest of the world, I can’t keep up with the daily idiocies from Donald Trump & his cronies.
This entire “presidency” is a joke. Note that I put quotes around the words president and presidency because I just cannot bring myself to call him a title he doesn’t deserve. It’s a title he’s unfit to possess. He’s a stain on America, a daily embarrassment to our democracy.
Never in my adult capable-of-voting life have I seen something like this. President Nixon is the only comparison and Donald Trump is leaving Tricky Dick in the dust. Between the unfolding Russia conspiracy, deepening obstruction of justice revelations, Trump’s Lie Of The Day, his political ignorance and gaffes, deliberate tearing down of anything beneficial to our country, a catastrophic health care plan, nepotism, and outright flaunting of protocol and finally, this ridiculous budget proposal we’re asking, “When IS this shit going to stop?”
For the first time in history our president is under investigation by the FBI, CIA and DOJ.
How much longer can this go on?
To answer the above question: All this can and will stop IF more Republicans grow a set, realize this country is in terrible danger with this lying, inept poser in office, and get rid of him as soon as possible. If they do their jobs and work in the best interest of our country, we can turn this around. If (God help us) left in office for 4 years, Donald Trump will do irreparable harm to the entire planet.
But it has to happen now, not in 4 years. We can’t wait that long.
This morning I watched a video of Bernie Sanders in McDowell county West Virginia which was filmed a few days ago. He was interacting with some of the poorest residents of this country whose lives are devastated by poverty, drug addiction and the loss of family members to mine-related health issues, as well as unemployment far topping the national average. The accompanying film clips made me cry, especially the last one, where Bernie Sanders consoles a woman who has buried many relatives.
McDowell county voted 74% in favor of Trump in the 2016 election. Perhaps they were hoodwinked by Trump’s promise of reviving the coal industry. The only thing which has come to pass from the Trump administration are the weakening of policies to protect miners. Bernie Sanders, however, went to assure them that he’s in their corner.
Here is a compassionate man who has fought for the American people his entire public life. You could tell that he was particularly affected by their stories. Anyone with half a heart would be.
He listened as they told him of their health issues from working in the mines. They expressed gratitude for Obamacare and how our new administration is going to take that away. They were deeply concerned about the repeal of the Clean Streams Act by Donald Trump, which would poison their communities by letting mining companies dump sludge into their waters. They wondered about the jobs that Donald Trump promised.
My mind briefly flashed over the past few weeks of Trump: The hijacking of our government by corporate America as reflected in Trump’s cabinet picks. The bulldozing of federal agencies which protect us and the lack of compassion expressed in the Muslim Ban. There’s the spectre of massive conflicts of interest and of course, the potential of Russian hacking of the election. Trump’s undermining our First Amendment rights by screaming “fake news,” while his administration is handpicking news agencies to report on him. Donald Trump has told so many lies to the American public, embraced conspiracy theories and has absolutely nothing to back up his claim that former President Obama wiretapped him. The daily parade of distracting antics from the White House or Trump’s accusing tweets is draining our government’s ability to function coherently. How many special investigations are going on now? I’ve lost count. The public is barraged each day by a new smoke and mirrors tactic . It’s very tedious, no doubt, but it’s probably intentional to distract from the fact that Trump is not fit to be president and is mired in impeachable scandal.
The proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) or now as it’s being referred to – Trumpcare – is the utterly heartless Obamacare replacement. Millions like myself are now facing bankruptcy or premature death from preventable maladies.
It’s all too obvious that the Trump administration does not care. The GOP “party of no,” has gotten its clutches around the throat of America. These leeches will bleed us dry while stuffing money into the pockets of corporate America.
Trump’s just-released “America First Budget” calls for beefing up the military by 54 billion, building the wall and expanding deportation forces. The cuts include programs to help millions with heating assistance, Meals On Wheels, The EPA, training programs for workers, Habitat For Humanity, PBS, the science and research community, NIH, the National Endowment for the Arts, NASA – and just about anything which actually helps people – poor people especially.
Trump’s “America First” budget translates into “Put Americans Last.”
We had a chance at a government which would have promoted taking care of its citizens as the previous one did. Under either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, we would’ve fared much better regarding human & civil rights, the environment, creating jobs rebuilding the infrastructure, fighting climate change or championing worker protections. We’d probably be facing a better standard of living for all Americans with gains on raising the minimum wage. Lastly, which is horrifically obvious, we’d be far better off regarding healthcare for our citizens than what awaits us under Trumpcare.
The Trumpsters envision a 1950’s utopia when they think of Donald Trump’s campaign promise, “Make America Great Again.”
In their dream, this country was made up entirely white people, all of them Christians. Blacks “knew their place,” Jews stayed hidden & certainly there were no Muslims, Mexicans or gays. Only Dad worked a 9-5. Mom stayed home, had babies, making sure dinner was on the table promptly when the master of the house got home. If Mom did work she was a teacher, a nurse or a secretary, certainly never making a play to climb the corporate ladder. Things were simple.
The problem with the “again” in the slogan is that it never existed in the first place. It looked good on paper, TV and in the movies. The house with the white picket fence was propaganda. Disney movies promising girls of the 50’s that Prince Charming would come along, sweep them off to a land of love and adoration was a farce. The good guys always wore white & cowboys always beat the indians. Nobody ever got divorced. Husbands never beat their wives; “She’s just clumsy.” There was no child abuse, drug addiction.
In truth, however, the fine, upstanding citizen was a closet alcoholic. The 6th grade teacher was a pedophile. Gays lived in fear of being discovered. Blacks and other minorities were targeted, they kept low profiles because of rampant discrimination, Jim Crow laws & legal segregation.
All was well.
Air travel’s golden age in the 1950’s and opened up the world. Today it’s cheaper and faster, allowing people to emigrate from far-flung corners.
In reality, we can’t go back. What Donald Trump’s supporters don’t understand (or want) is that cultural and human rights acceptance have made great strides in 60 years. They are clinging to their discriminations, misconceptions and lies. There never was any fairy tale America. It was a sham.
Our world has changed drastically. News which used to take hours (or days) to hit TV via teletype, readied for broadcast in the evening, now travels across continents in seconds. Live feeds come from around the globe. The internet’s instantaneous connection through social media & news agencies erupts simultaneously on an international scale. A single cell phone video can lead to an arrest or start a world-wide controversy. Our corruption in government had to be ferreted out by hand by digging in mounds of paper. Secrets were easier to keep. Documents could be destroyed, crusaders more easily silenced and no one would be the wiser. In other words: now it’s impossible to hide. There’s always some digital record somewhere.
America has always been a melting pot. It’s in our Constitution, but this fact is something often overlooked by Donald Trump’s supporters. They cherry pick. Just like the Bible, they choose what suits their agenda best, often subverting what is actually written. We are not a “Christian nation,” because the very wording of the Constitution forbids it. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” which means that Christianity can and never will be “the” religion of the United States. While the majority of our population may identify with Christianity, it is against the law to try to make it so. To the Trump supporters who ignorantly espouse that Sharia Law is coming to our shores to be “the” religion – that, too, is impossible. Also, these citizens are uninformed about the true meaning of Sharia. Sharia law could no more be made “the” religion than Christianity could. This is just hysteria used by the right to inflame hatred against Muslims.
Society will never let us go back. There has been too much progress. It’s delusional to think we can erase the civil and human rights laws of the last 50 years.
Trump supporters are afraid. They’re angry at the changing world, not seeing that overall it’s truly changed for the better. America IS great. They are blind to the fact that the very people they support are not acting in their best interests. Instead of seeing that their beloved Republicans have an agenda which IS clearly damaging their lives, they’ve been hoodwinked to believe that someone like Trump is going to save them. Sadly, he’s only out to save others like himself. It’s frighteningly obvious to the rest of us.
They can’t see this. They can only see their hatred of “the other,” their racist, hateful attitudes, white supremacy, and their perceived loss of what never was and can never be.
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Here is a recap, courtesy of Robert Reich, President Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor and currently serving as Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. My own comments added in italics.
January 20th, 2017:
Donald Trump signed an executive order repealing President Obama’s mandate that the Federal Housing Administration lower the rate in which low-income homeowners pay on their insurance premiums to the FHA. This essentially screws these homeowners.
Donald Trump ordered all regulatory powers of all federal agencies frozen.
Donald Trump ordered the National Parks Service to stop using social media after retweeting factual, side-by-side photos of the crowds for the 2009 and 2017 inaugurations. (Can we say a threat to freedom of speech & freedom of information act?)
Trump brought a group of 40 staffers and followers to a meeting with the CIA to cheer for him during a speech that consisted almost entirely of framing himself as the victim of dishonest press. (He also lied to his audience, saying that he was “so behind you,” and “There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and CIA than Donald Trump,” — a bald-faced LIE after months of attacking the intelligence community!)
Donald Trump personally phoned National Park Service director Michael T. Reynolds and ordered him to produce additional photographs of the previous day’s crowds on the Mall, to show that the media had lied in reporting attendance had been no better than average.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference largely to attack the press for accurately reporting the size of attendance at the inaugural festivities, saying that the inauguration had the largest audience of any in history, “period.”
White House adviser Kellyann Conway defended Spicer’s lies as “alternative facts” on national television news.
Trump appeared to blow a kiss to director James Comey during a meeting with the FBI, and then opened his arms in a gesture of strange, paternal affection, before hugging him with a pat on the back. (Comey should be brought up on charges of influencing the election in clear defiance of agency policy and the Hatch Act which prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the result of an election.)
Donald Trump reinstated the global gag order, which defunds international organizations that even mention abortion as a medical option.
Spicer said that the US will not tolerate China’s expansion to islands in the South China Sea, essentially threatening war with China. (This is the 3rd time Trump has angered China.)
Trump repeated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing him the popular vote.
Spicer reiterated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing DT the popular vote.
Trump tweeted a picture from his personal Twitter account of a photo he said depicts the crowd at his inauguration and will hang in the White House press room. The photo is curiously dated January 21st, 2017, the day after the inauguration and the day of the Women’s March, the largest inauguration related protest in history.
The EPA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to freeze all grants and contracts. EPA scientists were ordered to stop publishing their data unless cleared with DT transition personnel.
The USDA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to stop publishing any papers or research. All communication with the press would also have to be authorized and vetted by the White House.
HR7, a bill that would prohibit federal funding not only to abortion service providers, but to any insurance coverage, including Medicaid, that provides abortion coverage, went to the floor of the House for a vote.
Director of the Department of Health and Human Service nominee Tom Price characterized federal guidelines on transgender equality as “absurd.”
Trump ordered the resumption of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, while the North Dakota state congress considers a bill that would legalize hitting and killing protesters with cars if they are on roadways.
Steven Bannon, said “the mediashould be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country.”
Trump signed an executive order to begin building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border that would cost an estimated $20 billion to $35 billion, and insisted Mexico would pay for it. (P.S. Mexico is NOT paying for it!)
Donald Trump tweeted “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting” with Mexican president President Peña Nieto.
Mexican president President Peña Nieto cancelled his meeting with
Trump said he thought torturing terrorism suspects was justified. “Do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works,” he told ABC News.
The entire senior level of management of the State Department — many of whom had served under previous Republican as well as Democratic administrations – resigned.
Press secretary Sean Spicer said DT will slap a 20 percent tariff on all imports from Mexico in order to finance the wall. (So, the American public will pay for the wall – twice!)
Vice president Mike Pence told congressional Republicans that the administration will initiate a “full evaluation of voting rolls in America, the overall integrity of our voting system in the wake of this past election.”
The nation’s borders were closed to refugees from around the world, ordering that families fleeing the slaughter in Syria be indefinitely blocked from entering the United States, and temporarily suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries.
Donald Trump established a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations, ordering that Christians and others from minority religions be granted priority over Muslims.
Yesterday January 28th:
Way to GO, Donnie! For the second weekend in a row protests have occurred in many U.S. cities – this time in response to Trump’s Muslim ban. Can we say that “We The People” are pretty pissed off right about now?
Trump named Steve Bannon, a right-wing, antisemitic, White Supremacist conspiracy theorist and former head of Brietbart News, to a position on the National Security Council. The NSC advises the President on national security and foreign affairs.
In addition to this circus act and carnage, Donald Trump is still in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. His ownership or involvement of at least 564 businesses in 25 foreign countries has not been terminated. A suit has been filed against Trump by ethics lawyers, constitutional scholars and Supreme Court litigators.
It is horrifically clear from his actions of just one week that Donald Trump is not acting in the best interests of all the people of this country. He’s got people whispering in his ear saying, “Do this, do that.” and he’s complying.
We’re in BIG trouble, folks. Our democracy is being threatened with each stroke of Trump’s pen.
I’ve been branded a “libtard,” and a “sore loser,” and told to “get over it!”
No, I’m over being disappointed that my candidate didn’t win. Trump supporters who insult me with those words misinterpret my true feelings.
What I am now is TERRIBLY AFRAID & CONCERNED FOR THIS WHOLE PLANET, that every *good* thing our government has done for our citizens and the rest of the world, anything which shows compassion, respect, and empowerment to us as part of the human family, will be torn down.
I want all of us to have good jobs, backed up with equitable labor laws to protect us from corporate greed & mistreatment.
Is it too much to ask that our pay be a living wage, not a poverty stipend?
Shouldn’t universal healthcare be a right for every citizen? Why should we suffer because we can’t afford medical treatment, medications or be bankrupted by a hospital stay?
In order for life on this planet to continue, is it not important that there is clean water to drink, clean air to breathe?
Our food should be safe to eat, not loaded with untested synthetic substances, pesticides and herbicides, allowing Big Food to fill us up with chemicals which sicken us.
How horrible is it to ask that government have adequate resources to protect its citizens from greedy, unethical business practices?
Is it so terrible that our children receive good educations from well-paid teachers, in adequately staffed schools, with well-rounded curriculums?
Since our country was founded on diversity, is it not important to guarantee human rights to different cultures, religions, ethnicities and sexual orientations?
Shouldn’t there be an ongoing dialog, attempts at peaceful resolution and recognition of our commonality as humans first, instead of war?
Is it so wrong to allow women to privately make their own health decisions with their physicians? After all, it really isn’t anybody’s business, is it?
So, to the Trump supporters who call me names, I say: What you don’t realize is I am also afraid for YOU.
WHY is that so bad?
It’s not. It doesn’t make me a “sore loser,” it’s what makes me human.