Tuesday, January 31, 2017
I wanted to write something but it's all just so depressing. Not only what is happening but the changes in the American psyche that has allowed this to happen. For all the protests and they are awesome, there are a lot of people who like what Trump is doing. They don't understand, of course, the ramifications and the consequences of what he is doing, they just see him doing what needs to be done to keep out anyone that is not white and Christian. Never mind that it is our bombs that have destroyed their homes and livelihoods and their lives, if they are Muslim, not welcome, a measure guaranteed to increase the enmity towards the United States and in fact ISIS is celebrating, expecting more people to join them.
Regardless of all the scary stuff that Trump is doing, and I increasingly believe that he is in thrall to Steve Bannon, this white Christian America First stuff is going to cause so much suffering. Because this is not just about who we allow in but how we treat our own citizens and permanent residents. This weekend, mothers were kept from their children, children were kept from their families, people whose homes are here were refused entry, people who sold everything they had in anticipation of arriving were refused entry, people who helped us in Iraq at great danger to themselves were denied entry. All these people had no where to return to. And yet, the muslim majority countries that the 9/11 terrorists came from are not included on the list while not one refugee from any of the countries on that list has committed terrorism in this country. The unexpected and immediate ban was bad enough, worse is Trump's careless and thoughtless sudden execution of it and of course the very next day a mosque was burned in Texas and a Canadian white christian Trump supporter killed 8 muslims in Canada and again here in Texas, muslim religious leaders were sent letters by one of our state legislators basically asking them where their loyalties lie and wanting them to sign pledges.
As if the Muslim ban isn't bad enough (and it is a muslim ban since christians and jews were excluded), he was all set, at Pence's urging, to issue an executive order on Tuesday rescinding Obama's executive order protecting LGBT federal employees and workers hired by contractors using federal money from discrimination, allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs. It was tabled at the last minute for fear of creating more bad press but I don't for a minute believe it won't come up again. And while we were distracted by that he issued an EO on regulations in the EPA and FDA requiring that for every new regulation, two old ones must be got rid of. You know, those regulations that keep us safe from pollution and unsafe food and drug processing. And worse, fired the generals on the National Security Council and replaced them with Bannon and Priebus. Fortunately, they will have to be approved by the Senate (something else that pissed Trump off) because the NSC has to approve any American targeted for assassination for being a real and immediate threat. I, for one, don't want Bannon involved in that decision.
And now Trump has fired the Attorney General because she did not uphold his unconstitutional ban, insulting her and her integrity in the process, because that's what he does, which means that since Jeff Sessions has not yet been approved, we don't have an Attorney General.
And this all just in the last several days.
Meanwhile China is mobilizing and moving nuclear missiles to their border with Russia, the better to reach us my dear. China is not amused. China does not have a sense of humor.
No one is talking about the wall between us and Mexico anymore. It's just one fucking bombshell after another, which is a tactic btw to shell shock us and keep our attention on something else while they secretly go about their real agenda. I read an essay today that essentially said they are doing extreme things, unlawful things, to see how much push back they get, to see just what they can get away with and where they can get away with it.
I've been following two twitter accounts, @RoguePOTUSStaff and @RogueSNRadvisor, who are posting from inside the White House reporting on things there. Bannon has almost complete control and Trump's son-in-law Kushner has a lot of influence. Anyone else, not so much. It's not a pretty picture and actually downright frightening how ignorant Trump is, that a fact is not a fact until he says it is, that so much about our system of government needs to be explained to him, what he can and cannot do, that he is rude and screams his anger and frustration, that he has a constant supply of fast food being delivered, that he hides in the residence watching movies instead of doing his job.
I'm proud of all the resistance but it's only been two weeks. People will have to go back to their jobs, to their lives, and it's wearying to be protesting all the time. Can we keep it up for the length of time it takes? Well, we must regardless because if we quit we will see this country transformed and not in a good way.