Martin Niemoller gave us a poem that has been modernized and used a lot since the rise of Reality TV Star turned POTUS Donald Trump.
First 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 for me.
This is important because it was true for him and many others during Nazi rule. America is a far divide from the Fascist state of WWII Nazis, however, it could easily be guided there by the white supremacists advising the President right now. Steven Bannon and Steve Miller are by their own admissions pro-white and anti-anything not white. They’ve spoken and written about their predilections so this isn’t something one can just deny. Although, there are those who believe the Holocaust was just made up. These people are also believe the Bible is the word of God. They deny any and all empirical proof and data to the contrary to their belief system.
That brings me to Caitlyn Jenner. She is the self appointed voice of the Transgender community. Ms. Jenner supported Mr. Trump during his election. Touting his attributes of fiscal conservancy. This week Mr. Trump along with white power man, Jeff Sessions, AG of USA, turned the tied of equality in America with the reversal of Transgender rights. She offered this little gem for all of the Transgendered children in our country affected by this new wave of hate.
“I have a message for the trans kids of America. You are winning. I know it doesn’t feel that way today or every day, but you _ are _ winning. You are going to keep on winning so much you’re going to get sick of winning. Very soon, we’ll win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to happen with bipartisan support.”
They are winning with no help from you Ms. Jenner. You’ve faced very little struggle with your Transition. People who have faced the odds like Jazz Jennings and faced the mean spirited, backwards minded, pretending-to-be-Christian people. She has fought many difficult battles and continues to fight for Transgendered Youth in not only our country but the world.
Now that there is a potential of being affected by Mr. Trump and his Cabinet’s Transphobia and Misogyny you have something inspirational to say. I wish you luck Ms. Jenner on your journey but beware of Mr. Niemoller’s words…they are coming back again. HATE can’t be disguised.
Monday, February 20, 2017 we will celebrate President’s Day in America. This year I actually thought about what that meant to me and our nation. Right now in the USA we are polarized by political ideology.
This will be a diatribe. You’ve been warned.
Right now in America we are led by fear. A man with no political experience got his base (white people) out in numbers to win the Electoral College Vote. He lost the popular vote by over 2 million votes. The largest loss of popular vote by a President. He ran as the Anti-Establishment. Americans were/are tired of Congress and Washington in general not working (97 days last year), not doing the people’s business but rather paying lip serve to the masses while doing the work of the Lobbyists who spend large amounts of money for those Congressional Votes.
Our President, Mr. Trump comes off as the inexperienced person we all knew he was/is…this much either side would agree on. Instead of being strong, he rants on Twitter like a self obsessed teenager who is forced to do their homework.
Mr. President, the issue isn’t who leaked the uncomfortable information about Mike Flynn and Russia but what was said by Mike Flynn to Russian Emissaries. The Administration doesn’t think that last part to be important to the American People. How do you expect the people of America are safe when underhanded deals are made?
I feel like nothing has changed with the Election of Donald J. Trump as President. His supporters have said…”Give him a chance” or “It’s only been three weeks”. Why? Every other President has faced obstacles in their first few weeks on the job. The difference, for me, is that they chose people they thought would enhance their personal vision of their office. Mr. Trump put Billionaires and Millionaire “friends” in positions of power with little or no experience with how Washington politics works. I wish them luck.
Mr. Trump wants less regulation of Wall Street. Small reminder, it was these folks who gave us subprime, banks too big to fail, the 2008 Great Recession and basically caused the shrinking of the Middle Class. We got to foot the bill for their careless GREED (TARP) and lost our retirement savings. They all got big bonus’ and zero interest loans.
Mr. Trump wants to repeal major aspects of the EPA. This organization is in charge of regulating our water and air. I suggest that perhaps the President and his friends in Washington be served water from Flint, Michigan. This might give them a firsthand account as to the need for the EPA and perhaps more not less EPA agents. I’m old enough to remember the Super Fund Clean up projects and the lawsuits from towns and cities who had clusters of deaths due to illegal dumping of chemicals by Corporations. Pollution kills…in case you didn’t know Mr. President.
One of my favorite Presidents is James Madison. He, like President Washington, had great concerns about the corrupting nature of the power the President holds. His words are ageless.
“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”, James Madison
“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”, James Madison
“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”, James Madison
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”, James Madison
Let us not forget that last one when the only news the President is comfortable with us hearing comes from Breitbart or Fox News.
Mr. Trump is President, I can only hope he starts to act more Presidential…you know for the good of America.
Happy President’s Day!
This weekend saw so many historic moments. On Friday, January 20, 2017, the 45th President of the United States of America was sworn into office. Barack Obama became former President Barack Obama and he and his family moved on to their next adventure in life.
On Saturday, January 21, 2017 people marched on Washington, DC and other major cities in our Country. The theme was Women’s Rights. I watched so many of my friends marching all over this country of ours and it was amazing. Unless of course you are one of those nay-sayers who can’t understand what the march is about. Why do women need MORE rights than they do already? They’ve got plenty.
This new administration and mostly it’s GOP counterparts have decided it’s important to attack the parts of our government that are about women. Defunding Planned Parenthood over the abortion issue is absolutely moronic. First, PP only offers abortion in 1% of its clinics. Second, defunding PP puts poor women (mostly from the south) at health risks because of no money for pap smears, mammograms, routine physical and other issues. It also puts their poor children at risk. Most of Congress is made up of men. It explains why our country spent about $100 million on Viagra.
It spawned this little meme on FB.
Men do not understand women…never have. We spend almost 57% of our overall budget on Defense spending. We have millions for phallic symbols of aggression and might but no money to protect and feed the poor in our country. The poor are lazy and useless and undeserving. Right?
Women today still make much less than their male counter parts. It doesn’t matter which field of employment, it’s been documented. Men in our country would like to see Women barefoot and pregnant but without the responsibility on their end for the family or the woman. This is also document in articles and research. This is the modern man. I’m not saying all men are like this but from the people interviewed and some of the male responses on Twitter and Facebook it is slim pickings out their girls.
President Trump and his machismo attitude and disrespect of women is also documented. What spawned this diatribe was the fact on two occasions during the inauguration he left his wife Melenia essentially in the dust. 44 and 43 are well-respected by the community regarding their relationships with their wives. We loved to see them interact. It was a wonderful thing. If 45 treats his wife as an after thought why would anyone think he wouldn’t do the same with all women. JS.
This morning I’m reading the news and I realized this world is getting worse by the minute. Let me narrow down my angst. Donald Trump!
Is this really the best the GOP can come up with to run our country. I get that people like that he speaks his mind. That’s great. He can because he’s a billionaire. So if he goes to Washington and acts/speaks the same way as does now what does he think is going to happen. Look who is in Congress…millionaires. They do not care if he wants something. He degrades women, anyone not white and thinks his Military School attendance is the same as being in the Military.
All I’ve got to say is oh my goodness. I might really have to vote for Smokey The Bear because at least he’s good in a crisis, lol.