Trumps transition team has two lists of potential appointees, Best picks and Worst picks. Somebody obviously switched them. Either that, or hes going out of his way to punish the whole damn country for not voting for him unanimously.
Not having a yard, I don't do yard signs. But I have a little van, and it's not limited to any time frame when it comes to stickers, etc. Living as I do in an obnoxiously red part of a purple state, my rolling yard is usually full of signage that makes it clear that I'm not part of the redness. There are large Hillary signs on each side of the van, and they're staying put. But with Trump delivering daily, sometimes hourly, embarrassments, making appointments that are every bit as absurd as his tweets, I feel compelled to offer some word to my neighbors who voted for him. Thus:
Some of us are very discouraged by the outcome of the election. With good reason.
Senior citizens like me are seeing the president-elect and congressional Republican leadership taking a machete to Social Security and Medicare. This is not encouraging.
Disabled citizens like me have the same concerns about the targeting of Social Security and Medicare and ACA, concerns that are amplified by an incoming chief executive who mocks the disabled and appoints to high office a known racist who has also blamed disabled children for high education costs. This is not encouraging.
Women like me are now confronting the reality of a president and vice-president whose policies are inimical to the very idea that we are fully capable of making our own health care decisions. These men come to their new offices with records of intent to punish women, not to mention the president-elects history of objectification and sexual abuse of women. This is not encouraging.
Citizens like me who value education are mortified at the prospect of a president who blatantly defrauded thousands via his false university, and then bragged about getting off with a light penalty. This is not encouraging.
Citizens like me who are sickened by the relentless poisoning of our air and water watch in horror as the seats of power are claimed by those who are heavily invested in preserving the continuation of those toxic processes. This is not encouraging.
White citizens like me take no comfort in the false safety - or accusation - of skin color. Or religion. Or orientation. Or political affiliation. Or national origin. Especially when those depredations are promulgated by a faithless misanthrope who is voluntarily dyed an odd shade of orange. Regardless of a sizable faction that loudly thinks otherwise, this is not encouraging.
What IS encouraging, however, is the recognition of the present circumstance as a setback, not a defeat. We have worked too long, fought too hard, climbed too high to give up now. Disappointment is not disappearance, and we arent going anywhere. Rather, our resolve has been reawakened. To their great consternation, we are gathering, we are rising up, speaking up, showing up. They insist that we have lost, we answer that they only think they won. Seriously, after two and a half centuries of history, do they really believe we are going to roll over and play dead for the likes of Trump? As if.
WE go on.
this is the sign I'd hold high for Trump to see.
Yes, I would.
Be On the Lookout: Irony has, once more, escaped.
Republicans, still gloating about putting a lock on all three branches of this countrys government, are taking a moment to celebrate the passing of the man who put a one-party stranglehold on Cuba.
After announcing that Jill Stein's recall paperwork has been submitted and accepted in Wisconsin, MSNBC interviewed a Republican (who was condescending and dismissive about it) and a representative of MoveOn (who was pleasant but unenthusiastic about it). NO Democrat was interviewed about it. Interesting.
I keep waiting for one of the talking heads to ask one of the Republican spokespuppets whether or not they'd insist on a recount if the outcome were reversed. Waiting, but not holding my breath.
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