Sunday, January 29, 2017

We rise! We resist! We fight back!

On January 20, 2017 we witnessed an egomaniacal jackass, with an admitted history of sexually assaulting women, being sworn in as President of the United States. While his administration was lying about the attendance of his inauguration, millions of women, and the men who support them, took to the streets all across the United States and the world to march for our rights, the rights of our fellow Americans and against Trump. In U.S. cities like, Philadelphia,  New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Denver, and Seattle women protested against this man, and they were joined by women in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, among others.  I was unable to be out with them, but I watched from home and was truly inspired. Even the organizers of the march didn't anticipate the number of people who would show up.  According to a White House source, the sheer size of the attendance, something which Mr. Trump failed to draw at his inauguration, "enraged" him. There is nothing more destructive to the ego of a shallow, stupid man who thinks he can sexually assault women without consequence than millions of women around the world unified in their complete and utter disgust of him.
In just his first few days in office, Trump has signed Executive Orders (something that the GOP is apparently ok with now that a old white man is doing it) that have reinstated the "Global Gag Order," announcing that federal dollars cannot go to any international organization that provides abortion services or even gives information about the procedure.  He advanced the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline, instructed federal agencies to weaken the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), froze federal government hiring, and froze all regulations in process (but not yet approved).  Let's not forget the horrible Executive Order he issued on Friday banning people from entering the United States if they are coming from 7 predominantly Muslim nations, making sure to leave out the ones he does business with. Refugees who have already been vetted and were on a plane to the United States when this abhorrent Executive Order was signed, landed in their destination cities only to be detained by immigration or worse, sent back to their war torn nation of origin.  Iraqis who aided the US military as interpreters or fixers, who had proper documentation as a reward for risking their lives and the lives of their families to assist the United States, were turned away or detained.  Thankfully, the ACLU stepped up and got a federal judge to issue a nationwide stay on the Executive Order.  Another federal judge issued a stop to all deportations of these people.  It should be said that as a thank you for the ACLU's amazing work they have received more than 290,000 individual donations totaling over $19 million since Saturday morning. Keep in mind these are just the ones he has signed so far.  He is just a week into his 4 year term and he has already waged war on so many of us.  He has also waged war on U.S. agencies.  He has frozen all grants and contracts for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has also instituted a gag order on the EPA, USDA, Department of Transportation, Department of the Interior, and Health and Human Services just to name a few.  The employees of these agencies are no longer allowed to make public statements or publish their findings. 
With every Executive Order, stupid comment or Tweet, Trump is weakening the country.  He is destroying global confidence in the United States.  He is juvenile and completely reckless.  He puts no thought into anything he says or does before he acts. He just blindly follows whatever Steve Bannon says, including removing the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the National Security Council in favor of Bannon.  Together they are destroying all that is good and just in the United States.  
These things are beyond alarming. These things are terrifying as hell.  These are the things we must fight! These are things the agencies are already fighting back on, using alternative Twitter handles to get their information out to the public, letting us know what's really happening.
The last time I checked we did not live in Russia.  The last time I checked, we still had rights in this country and some of the most important rights in times like these are found in the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution.  This provides us with freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to peaceably assemble.  If there is one thing we like to do it is peaceably assemble.  Just turn on your TV and see the protests at major airports around the country. 
Mr. Trump, in your acceptance speech on Election Night you said you would be a President for all people.  So far you are failing miserably.  With every word you prove that you are only out for yourself.  You sign executive orders that hurt millions of Americans, yet you don't care.  You signed an order to move forward with two pipelines and are simply hoping we don't  remember that you have a financial stake in the pipeline, or that your pick for Energy Secretary (former Governor Rick Perry) sits on the board one of these pipelines. You don't care who gets hurt so long as it suits your bottom line interests. 
Mr. Trump, you can whine, scream and throw temper tantrums all you want, but you should remember that the whole world is watching, we are paying attention and we will rise up and fight back, just like we have done this weekend to make sure the people being detained were freed.  We love this country and we will not let you systematically destroy it. We are a nation of two kinds of people, Mr. Trump: Native Americans and immigrants. Please go back and read the Constitution. Ask someone to explain the big words to you. Once you've done that, resign!