Many women I know are participating in the marches January 21, 2017 all over the country as a peaceful protest movement against the presidency of a man who suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, who has no idea how to govern, who has picked billionaires to serve as cabinet heads with severe conflicts of interest as does he, who is misogynistic, racist, sexist, who flaunts his non-conformist attitudes like a 15-year-old teenager with no boundaries, who is criminally, wantonly and greedily endangering all Americans because many people educated and not-so educated voted for him.
Trump is completely ill-equipped to deal with the hypocritical, selfish, unpatriotic and treasonous behavior of a Republican held Congress and Senate. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, hypocrites to their core, will do their best to dismantle democracy, have already begun with obstructing the Supreme Court pick by Obama, greedily and arrogantly making the repeal of Obamacare their priority with no cohesive replacement plan while licking their evil chops at the dream of dismantling Medicare and Social Security while spinning it as something good.
AND I DON’T BLAME THEM! I blame (there is no other word for it) lazy, greedy, entitled white women, white men, lazy African Americans and Hispanics, pathetically entitled whiney millennials whose temper tantrum that Bernie wasn’t the nominee so they just wouldn’t vote because that was their spoiled idea of a protest. The lack of education even among the educated is what will doom America. The utter laziness of believing blatantly untrue fake news. Even a smart 3-year-old could figure out that Hillary really wasn’t running a pedophile sex ring out of a pizza shop. But racist, stupid people who vote or pray or believe in the power of emotions rather than reason, fact and truth do believe that crap and they, all of them, every gender, every color, every religious bigot deserve what will be sown the next four years.
A frightening example of stupidity in the form of a nice person was recently relayed to me. A woman who works in Mt. Shasta and lives in Medford, Oregon told someone I know that immigrants are coming onto the Oregon beaches, sneaking into America and taking jobs away from ….. from who? lazy white people who wouldn’t be caught dead working at McDonald’s. The New York Times this past week had a great piece on how those people who are out of work – mainly white guys – in rural or small town America will not do what they call “pink collar” jobs even if it means having work. Pink collar is the term for work that women or immigrants will do, have done and will continue to do; as a result, the collective of these women and immigrants are raising their family’s standard of living, have become the “bread winners” that the very moronic Sean Hannity and the pathetic excuse for a human – Tucker Carlson – rail against on Fox.
Stupidity cannot be cured just as narcissistic personality disorder cannot be cured. To make America sacred we need to educate people. We need to let kids know that going along to get along is a life-long curse. Fear of the other is an illness perpetrated by the evilness of what has become the Republican party in power. They will fall, just as Rome fell and Hitler fell but the wake of destruction will be vast and painful.
I am attending the march in San Francisco on January 21st because I know the hope for a sacred America lies within the power of reasonable people who abhor the evil, hypocrisy and destructive tendencies of (list of Trump’s Cabinet picks): Betsy DeVoss (Education who wants to get rid of science in schools, hates public schools and believes creationism is the new science and who publicly admitted that she bought the position ), Rick Perry (Energy – the one oops department he forgot in the debate that he things should be dismantled, it’s the one where all our nuclear silos and weapons are at his unbelievably low IQ fingertips), General Flynn (National Security – conspiracy theorist ), Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State, head of Exxon Mobile who believes they are more powerful than any government and who has a very lucrative deal with Russia to drill oil out of the Artic once the sea ice melts because climate change is good for business), Paul ryan, Mitch McConnell, Mike Pompeo (CIA – He called those at the CIA who participated in torture “heroes, not pawns in some liberal game being played by the ACLU and [former intelligence committee chair] Senator [Dianne] Feinstein”), Steve Mnuchin (Treasury – Goldman Sachs, hedge funder and Hollywood producer (Sully, American Sniper, The Legend of Tarzan). Son of Goldman Sachs employee, Yale grad. Swooped on doomed IndyMac bank as it sunk in the 2008 housing crash acquired it and scored when the federal government bailed out the bank. They call him the “foreclosure king”. ), racist Jeff Sessions (Attorney General – Sessions’ last confirmation hearing, for a federal judgeship under Ronald Reagan in 1986, was derailed when former colleagues testified that he used the N-word, called a black assistant US attorney “boy” and joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan were “OK until I found out they smoked pot”), Robert Lightzhier (US Trade Representative – in favor of all things trade pacts), Andrew Puzder (putzer at Labor who favors dismantling all unions and no overtime pay or minimum wage), Tom Price (Health and no Human Services – believes department should be dismantled or rendered obsolete). Ben Carson (HUD – no words can fully express the incompetence of this supposedly well-educated man- he has proven to me that being a brain surgeon requires only mechanic ability with little brain power. He originally said he wasn’t qualified to run a government department, then said he could run HUD because he had lived in an urban area – guess what dummy – I am qualified under your parameters because so have I), Scott Pruitt (EPA – his idea of environmental protection is getting rid of all air quality measures so that coal can spew their poisons into the air and into the water system for corporate gain – leaving any cleanup to bankrupt towns and communities. In low intelligence, high greed brain there is no such thing as greenhouse gases), Wilbur Ross (Commerce – one of my favorites and I quote – a critic of US trade deals who has lamented the decline of American manufacturing. Net worth of $2.9bn, according to Forbes. Dubbed a “vulture” and “king of bankruptcy” because of his knack for extracting a profit from failing businesses), Elaine Chao (Transportation – married to Mitch McConnell and apparently as greedy and evil as he – she made more than $1m from serving on the boards of News Corp, Wells Fargo, Ingersoll Rand and Vulcan Materials in 2015, public records show.) Nikki Haley (UN Ambassador- completely unqualified unless you consider her Indian heritage a qualification); Ryan Zinke (Interior – favors the protection of federal lands and access for recreational use – but who also has voted in favor of oil and gas drilling projects on federal lands and who has supported controversial energy projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline); Linda McMahon (Small Busines Bureau – she at least has experience running something – (WWE), with husband and founder Vince McMahon, whose net worth Forbes pins at about $1bn. Spent tens of millions of dollars on a couple of senate runs, only to be rejected by the voters of Connecticut. She donated millions to Trump’s campaign and has given millions to his foundation, too.); Reince Priebus (Chief of Staff – Once criticized for a failure to stand up to Trump, in retrospect praised for winning over his party’s insurgent and ascendant president-elect. He has no convictions other than power); Steve Bannon (scariest of all – Chief Strategist – Boasted that he made Breitbart the “platform for the alt-right”, in reference to the far-right movement in the US. His web site was a clearinghouse for hate speech of all kinds including white nationalism, anti-semitism, immigrant-hatred and misogyny. Seen as opponent of the institutional Republican party, a former sharp critic of House speaker Paul Ryan.); Kellyanne Conaway (counselor – my wonderful Rachel Maddow called her the “puppet without a hand” Has friends in high places, in the form of conservative megadonors Bob and Bekah Mercer. Also has tic of making veiled threats against Trump’s political opponents. She is the first woman in history to run a successful presidential campaign. Great but Trump always says the opposite of what she says); Carl Icahn (Regulatory Czar (isn’t that an appropriate title Putin? – I thought he had died and was saddened to hear he’s back with a vengeance – Icahn, 80, founder of Icahn enterprises. Forbes estimates his net worth at $17.6bn. Like Trump, a Queens boy made good. Staunchly anti-regulation. Made a fortune as an “activist investor” using minority stakes in companies to do battle with corporate boards in order to wring out short-term profits. Said to advise Trump closely in his pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, which Icahn has criticized, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.)
I could go on but my fingers are tired. I hope that people will be interested enough in knowing who will be destroying their country and government but I know most democrats are what the marvelous Dahlia Lithwick who covers the Supreme Court for Slate said about the future Supreme Court nominee fights – “they (Democrats) bring cupcakes to a knife fight.”
For all who will march, for all who have brains and know how to use them, the time is NOW to educate ourselves and our children – not put our heads in the daily sand of denial or the common theme I hear – “I just can’t take all the bad news.” Let’s put a few knives in those cupcakes!!!!!