“First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me”
How did Trump win this election? It’s a question that’s been on a lot of people’s minds lately. Some will tell you he won because of Russian interference. Others will point fingers at Jill Stein or other third party candidates. And people like me will point to the mindless lack of concern for humanity, the racism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia of the Trump supporters. In truth, you probably have a perfect storm of all three.
When the news came about Trump being the victor (I won’t call him a President, because he won’t ever be mine), I was shocked. How could this happen? Do we really live in a world filled with this much hate? Do people not care that he’s a pussy-grabbing, pedophile with such racist and xenophobic ideals that he’s our best chance of WWIII in history? Could people be so miserable and obsessed with reality TV that they could be happily lied to rather than elect a woman? It was a comfort, albeit bittersweet, to see that he did not receive the popular vote. However, millions, even without Russia’s interference did vote for him, leaving me to wonder, what on Earth would it have taken for them to not vote for hate?
Since the election I find it hard to use Facebook. I can only take so many mediocre cabinet picks and news of outrage at those choices. I can only stand to look in so many groups or see my friend’s post about their outrage and despair. Don’t get me wrong, I’m angry. I’m downright pissed. But, is a Facebook post going to change our fate? No. Is a change.org petition asking Electors to do their job going to change our fate? No. Is a revolution going to fix this problem? Maybe, but if the Occupy movement has taught us anything, it’s that even in our willingness to fight, we need to be better equipped with our message and our goals or nothing will ever really change.
I struggle with the idea that I live in a country that throws enough food away to feed the majority of homeless people in the world. I live in a country where the illusion of freedom makes me freer than most other countries in the world. Where I am, for the most part, able to speak my mind and can do so without major reprisal. Where I am free to be myself. The term first world problems was invented for a reason. I am happy that I live where I do, but I can’t help but wonder what’s it for? We are the country that everyone looks to in times of strife. We set the mark and most times, others follow. So, why are we so self-involved, hateful, unsatisfied, and selfish?
Why aren’t we rescuing every dirty child in Aleppo? Why are we allowing people to send death messages rather than using all of our resources to end their nightmares? Why aren’t we dedicating ourselves to climate change so that those communities like Kutubdia and Mongolia don’t disappear, making all of the residents that get out, climate change refugees? Why aren’t we using our power and money for good? If you’re one of those people that think we need to worry about domestic issues, we can play that game, too. Why aren’t we building homes or giving foreclosed homes to the homeless to get on their feet? Why is 1 in 4 children going to bed hungry? Why does ANYONE in America need to worry about healthcare bills ruining their credit or finding the money to go to college? Why are people of color being shot in the street like dogs? Why do we have to train mentally ill people to be careful around police officers? Why is it easier to be put to sleep as a disabled person than get proper care?
Maybe we’re just pacifists and it’s easier to pretend that we shouldn’t have to protect other people. Maybe we want to believe it doesn’t take a village. That we are all independent and our worth depends on what only we are capable of. If that’s the case, maybe we elected Trump. In our complacency, rather than reaching out as much as we could, to everyone we could, to love everyone we could, we just sat back hoping no one would hurt us. Now it’s too late and we’re all going to suffer as a result.
I wrote this in the days after Trump “won”. Since then I heard a lot of wait and see comments. I even heard a couple “maybe he will grow ups,” which I immediately ignored due to the blatant sexism and inherent misogyny that comes with such a comment.
It’s now been less than a week since Trump took office.
This is a small list of what he has done in that time:
- Removed the U.S. from the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), a 12-nation trade deal.
- Announced plans to pull out of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement)
- Gave a green light for the construction of “the wall” that he plans to place between the U.S. border and Mexico. He hopes to see construction begin within months and still insists that Mexico will pay for it.
- Reinstated the “Mexico City” policy, which bans federal money from going to foreign non-profits that discuss abortions as a family planning option. This “global gag rule” will increase STDs, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases in the countries that would be denied funding.
- Put a freeze on federal hiring other than in the military, public safety, and public health.
- Removed the FHA prime rate mortgage cut which offered many home owners $500 or more, depending on their mortgage.
- Informed executive branch agencies to plan for the repeal of the ACA.
- Signed an order to move ahead with both Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.
- Removed the “Catch and Release” policy, which allowed some immigrants to be released from detention while they wait for their hearing with a judge.
- Removed all federal funding to sanctuary cities unless they report all of their undocumented immigrants.
- Tapped net neutrality critic Ajit Pai to head the FCC.
- Promised Big Business some serious tax breaks in exchange for keeping their business in the U.S.
- Forbid USDA Scientists from sharing information with the public without clearing it with his people first
- Plans to end Climate Change, Pollution, and Clean Water acts
- Supports and has agreed to sign the First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow any business or service to openly discriminate against anyone LGBT based on religious beliefs
- Hired a press secretary who not only waged a war with Dippin Dots, but got caught lying in 4 of 5 announcements on his first day. Spicer is the reason Alternative Facts was coined.
- Removed all mention of Civil Rights, Disability Rights, LGBT Rights, and Climate Change from the White House Website
- Removed the White House comment line
He’s only picked about 4% of the cabinet and government positions that he needs to fill, but the ones he has chosen have been overwhelmingly white, male, Republican, unqualified, and in some cases dangerous.
Betsy DeVos for Education: In her confirmation hearing she mentioned that guns in schools aren’t a bad idea because you never know when a grizzly bear might attack! She also seems to have no clue what the ADA or IDEA is, but she thinks they should perhaps be optional. She never attended a public school, never sent her kids to public school. She also has a huge stake in biofeedback companies in MI, which is a conflict of interest, considering they claim to put students on the path to success.
Ben Carson for HUD: He’s a former surgeon and his claim to experience is that he knows people who live in urban areas.
This does not include the white supremacists, Wall Street elite, or the sexist, ableist, Jeff Sessions.
Trump has two dangerous judges on his short list for Supreme Court:
Judge 1 – William H. Pryor Jr. is the protégé of Jeff Sessions, having worked under him as his deputy when Sessions was Alabama’s attorney general. Pryor is known for urging the Supreme Court to uphold a law in Texas that would make “gay” sex a crime, comparing it to necrophilia, bestiality, incest, and pedophilia and claiming that it caused the public both spiritual and physical harm. He also states that Roe v. Wade was…”the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history.” The majority of his votes go towards “Conservative” values, as you might have guessed.
Judge 2 – Neil M. Gorsuch best known for voting that religious accommodations for employers need to be considered when dealing with free contraception coverage. He is said to vote similarly to Scalia and interprets the Constitution based on the global landscape during the time it was written.
Trump also intends to remove the following 17 agencies, which altogether cost the American tax payer a combined total of $22.36 a year. The agencies are as follows:
- PBS (Public Broadcasting): Your cost – $1.37
- National Endowment for the Arts: Your cost – $0.46
- National Endowment for Humanities: Your cost – $0.46
- Minority Business Development Agency: Your cost – $0.11
- Economic Development Administration: – $0.66
- International Trade Administration: – $1.60
- Manufacturing Extension Partnership: – $0.43
- Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: – $0.88
- Office of Violence Against Women: – $1.48
- Legal Services Corporation: – $1.55
- Civil Rights Division of the Justice Dept: – $0.48
- Environment & Natural Resources Division of the JD: – $0.38
- Overseas Private Investment Corp.: – $0
- UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: – $0.03
- Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability: – $0.81
- Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy: – $8.95
- Office of Fossil Energy: – $2.71
As a friend recently said on Facebook, Jesus take the wheel.