Friday, January 27, 2017

He is the President of the United States.

It's been hard to keep up with news, actual and fake, lately.  Every day there's a new scandal, up is down moment, example of disrespect, or outrage. He has only been in the office for a week. The onslaught of Executive Orders is enough to make the republican congress of the last six years' head spin. We're out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and he's building a wall, that was expected. He's supporting not only the North Dakota pipeline, which he has personal financial ties to, but also the Keystone Pipeline, which we will see no oil from but his will see Dollars from. Again, no surprise. The orders put on scientists and staff at the Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service and other agencies not to speak publicly, on social media, emails, or to Members of Congress seem a bit much. He continues to tweet from his unsecured Android phone, alternating from proud to petty. His attack on the press and replacing it with breitbart is extremely troubling (breitbart bannon co-wrote the Inaugural address and is writing his executive orders). I hope the Fourth Branch stands up and does what We require it to do. The free press also needs to hold itself to impeccable standards. This is a time when a single word can be spun into a tornado. The idea that Congressman lamar smith thinks “Better to get your news (and "unvarnished truth") directly from the President.", the Orwellian idea of "Alternative facts", and the Press Secretary being brought out to lie about attendance at this year's inauguration and its comparison to previous inaugurations, because the president feels bad, make me nervous.  The weird and petty "dear leader" style naming of his inauguration day "National Day of Patriotic Devotion" and the perfectly cropped picture to hang in the White House shows the fragile, juvenile, way that he can not deal with even the slightest bit of failure, which in his eyes seems to mean never admitting anyone is better than you at anything or knows more than you on any subject. It has me re-reading 1984.

Could there be an upside? The only thing I can see right now in government is an infrastructure bill, like the one Senate Democrats have proposed.  It will not only fix and upgrade Our Nation's bridges, tunnels, rails, airports, and roads.  It'll mean jobs, at least temporarily in construction and maybe manufacturing sectors. I'll support an infrastructure bill if it doesn't screw the workers. It should have been considered a win win for decades now. Construction and manufacturing workers get jobs, America (and the corporations within its borders) get bridges, tunnels, rails, airports, and roads.  There are the contracts that we will have keep an eye on too. It should be interesting to see how "no government spending" republicans react to something like the "trillion dollar infrastructure plan". Cutting the National Endowments for the Arts and Endowment for the Humanities, though costly to Our Culture as Americans, won't get him anywhere near a trillion dollars, and combined with spending $12 - $15 Billion on the wall... As Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson put it "Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard drive."

Another possible upside is the push back, or should we call it "human rights lash" that he and his election has provoked. The Women's March on Washington, and its sister marches in and out of the United States were Huge!. They were perhaps the largest demonstration on United States History. An estimated 3.3 Million people marched on
his first day in office. They marched to stand up and say "welcome to your first day, we will not go away."  They marched for Women's rights, LGBTQ rights, Civil rights, Racial justice. They marched for their planet, their town and their neighborhood. They found out they were not alone. Maybe progressive ideas are the ideas of the silent majority. A majority that is getting aggressively poked by orange bear's stick. Other smaller protests have also recently broken out. People have taken to the streets in Philly and New Yark since the 21st.  Greenpeace put a RESIST banner on a crane next to the White House and showed up with a spine for Senator marco rubio, because of his spinelessness in the exxon/mobile billionaire with ties to Russia's appointment to run our diplomacy.

We're in it now. It has begun. He is the President. The organizational guidebooks to keep on your leaders, local and otherwise, are out there.  Find out how to run for office.  Information is out there on what's going on, that's for sure. It's important to be mindful of where it comes from. Follow the links. Follow the money. Follow the Women's March and get out there when and where you can. Vote with your wallet, your clicks, and how you live. We (still are) the People. Some may call us snowflakes. I say let's bring the avalanche.

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