Trump Signs Bill Making it Legal to Kill Hibernating Bears: Even Hitler Liked Animals
If you’re reading this, you already know it should have been President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland filling the ninth SCOTUS seat. And you’re up to speed on how the GOP changed Senate rules to get DJT’s nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed after Democrats filibustered.
Gorsuch was sworn in today, rendering one ninth of the U.S. Supreme Court illegitimate.
What got overlooked in today’s news cycle: DJT signed into law a bill that now makes it legal to shoot hibernating bears and bear cubs and wolves in dens. The same bill makes it legal to shoot all three from helicopters, too.
For all the people saying, “just get over it! your candidate lost. it’s over,” this isn’t a sports game where one team lost and now we can all just go back to living like usual with only damage to our pride. This has serious, long-term effects on our lives, our country, and our future… for everyone.
Here’s why I’m scared:
Trump’s anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ, misogynistic, and racist rhetoric normalizes hate speech and emboldens his followers. There have already been reports from people being harassed.
You might say that these are only words or the media portrays him unfairly, and he doesn’t have control over what his followers do. As a leader, whether it’s of your church, company, or the United States, you have a moral responsibility to lead by example and create a culture that helps shape how people act.
I’m scared for every person of color, every member of the LGBTQ community, every woman, and every minority in this country. I’m saddened that they have to live in fear and worry about their families.
It’s also an embarrassment to all of the people he represents.
He will probably never release his tax statements. He is unqualified to lead a country. He had extreme advantages (like an existing company and money from his parents and the ability to attend an Ivy League school) to be successful in business; therefore, it’s hard to say if he’s actually successful.
“The media only focused on this stuff.” Okay, but what about the things that Donald Trump has said directly? The primary sources he’s released about his policy plans.
I would not be surprised if Donald Trump defunds or cuts funding for educational and community services like Headstart, NPR, libraries, PBS, after-school programs, academic research, etc.
Trump has planned to stop federal loans for higher education, forcing families to rely on often aggressive lenders and volatile interest rates. He also proposed to abolish the Public Loan Forgiveness Program (which I currently use, but I believe/hope will be protected since I’m already signed up). This program ensures that we have a workforce that is giving back to local, state, and national communities through working in nonprofits.
Trump will most likely overturn the regulations on the for-profit higher education system which has been defrauding students for years.
Trump has proposed basing loans on student loans on income-earning potential which would mean that only the wealthy would be able to afford liberal arts and sciences degrees. This could mean that millions of potential changemakers would not have access to education. Trump also will undoubtedly cut funding for Pell grants that help low-income students go to school.
Trump plans to “repeal Common Core,” despite it not being a federal law but a set of standards adopted by over 40 states. Forcing the states to reject it would mean that he’s going against his “power to the states” philosophy.
He’s threatened to dismantle the Education Department, limit federal support for schools, and rely on a “market-driven approach” for schools. Pushing charter schools and school choice would weaken our public education system. We have no idea where the money for his “vouchers” will come from.
Cutting or not using the Office of Civil rights which protects students through investigations of sexual assault at colleges, examining schools that have high expulsion rates for students of color, and protecting trans and LGBTQ students.
Many children of color fear Donald Trump’s presidency, forcing teachers to have tough conversations with their students and distracting from academics.
His Supreme Court nomination could help strip back affirmative action policies which help protect minorities from racial discrimination and societal disadvantages.
Trump’s ban on Muslims would mean that many Muslim students would not be able to attend college in America, meaning that we’d lose their talents.
Trump has advocated for more job-focused education, meaning humanities departments, women/gender studies departments, and other critical academic areas could be cut or defunded.
We don’t know. Trump really hasn’t outlined his plan on education, so we have no idea. Personally, I was planning to go back to grad school eventually, but under Trump, I doubt this will be a wise or possible decision.
We import $21b of food from Mexico. While I hate seeing tomatoes in January and agree we should localize our food, we don’t have the agricultural workforce meaning food prices could skyrocket (whether because of supply/demand or because of new tariffs). To meet demand and with Trump’s lessened environmental regulations, American agribusiness will continue to grow.
The agricultural and restaurant sectors, for better or worse, rely on migrant labor. The “wall” of increased immigration restrictions coupled with deportation means that a labor force will be deplenished (and crops left unharvested). Companies will have to pay for American labor, increasing costs passed invariably passed onto consumers. Another possibility, under Trump’s removal of a federal minimum wage and decreased regulations, is that this job would be left for the poorest, most desperate Americans under harsh conditions.
For small scale farmers, who aren’t able to recover from increased costs, this could be devastating. More and more small scale farmers would go under, increasing large agribusiness.
Not believing in climate change, an issue that affects farmers, Trump’s regime could leave farmers behind in the cases of increased severe and abnormal weather.
I kind of like my food to have strict quality and health regulations. Trump proposed to limit the role of the FDA, and his plan to “renegotiate” trade deals might further limit the restrictions and regulations other countries must pass to import healthy food into the United States.
I also like regulations that protect the surrounding environment (including communities) from agricultural pollutions such as waste and chemicals (including antibiotics used in animal production).
Decreased regulation could mean even worse conditions for farm animals. Not only impacting animals, this impacts our moral conscience, our communities, and public health.
Removing SNAP (“food stamps”) from the Farm Bill means that it’s more vulnerable to cuts, leaving people hungry.
Trump is a huge supporter of fast food. Standardizing food means lower quality, reliance on monocultures, and heavily processed food.
A hiring freeze on federal jobs means that millions will go unemployed.
Potentially pulling out of NAFTA. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of NAFTA because of its effects on Mexican food, environmental devastation, health of Mexicans (we export and flooded their markets with HFCS and refined, processed foods), and labor abuses, and I also agree that it should be renegotiated because 15 years ago things were different. However, tariffs would mean that companies would ultimately pass those costs onto consumers, increasing the costs of goods for Americans.
It is highly unlikely that American jobs will return for several reasons.
Most companies have a race to the bottom mentality and will find another cheap job market.
Automation has decreased the number of jobs, not just outsourcing.
Lack of an American work force with the skills needed.
Lack of an American work force willing to do the jobs.
Appealing ACA (“Obamacare”) would mean that millions would lose health insurance. Personally, this could mean me, as I have a pre-existing condition, and without the ACA, I could face higher premiums or outright loss of coverage.
Women’s reproductive health needs may not be met or covered.
Again, we have no idea because he hasn’t laid out a plan after appealing ACA.
Trump plans to “label China a currency manipulator.” America already did this in the early 90’s and it did nothing to slow down our trade deficit with China. Besides potentially violating our commitments with the WTO, this would have serious political and economic effects on our relationship with China and their allies. China could retaliate by increasing tariffs on our imports or sell its holdings of our bonds.
Trump’s demagogic speeches and erratic behavior could affect our relationships and diplomacy with so many countries. The damages could be economic or more serious, leading to increases in war or terrorism.
Opening up energy reserves and approving the Keystone Pipeline may mean (often short-term and dangerous) jobs, but it will wreak havoc on the environment and speed up climate change.
Even if you don’t believe the countless scientists that say climate change is real, spills and disasters will poison communities of people right now.
Okay, let’s pretend you’re some being that doesn’t need to eat, drink water, or breathe, spills mean lost profits which would be passed onto the consumers.
“Law and Order”:
No one really knows what this means. The amount of force and power that it would take to remove the number of people from our country and ban the number of people from entering is unprecedented and troubling.
Increased militarization and power to police would increase tension between the police and communities, putting all people at risk.
Privatization of the prison system has led to serious allegations of human rights abuses as these prisons focus on profit not people. Cutting costs and corners is dangerous for prisoners but also workers. Understaffing means workers work longer hours to manage these often overcrowded facilities. They are also prone to corruption (“kids for cash”) and increased incarceration rates (primarily people of color). As a society, private prisons do not align with our values of justice and rehabilitation.
Many offenders have trouble re-entering the workforce which increases dependency on social programs. Without the social safety net, people could turn back to crime.
All of these policies will have dangerous implications for the most vulnerable in society. Horrible effects on the lives of people of color, women, immigrants, Muslims, people who identify as LGBTQ, people who are in the lower socio-economic brackets, prisoners, the elderly, children, people with disabilities, people who are ill - chronically or short term, and other minorities.
Donald Trump has opposed marriage equality.
His policies allow for human rights abuses here and abroad. Increased funding for military and damaged relationships could lead to more war.
Climate change will affect the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Donald Trump has supported waterboarding and other mistreatment/abuse of prisoners. Increased surveillance of citizens, use of drones, and militarization could continue or increase under Trump’s “law and order.”
Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, has a horrible track record for LGBTQA support.
They say the biggest fear is the fear of the unknown. We have very little idea how he will lead the country since he has no political experience, poorly laid plans, and erratic behavior and stances on issues. How can we prepare if we don’t know what’s coming?
So, no. I’m not afraid because he used the word “p*ssy” and isn’t politically correct. I’m afraid because this could be the end of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as we know it. I’m afraid because he doesn’t give a shit about us, acts in his own financial self-interests, and will hand power to large transnational companies that value profit over people and the environment. I’m afraid because this ushers in a terrifying reign of power and a culture of oppression.
That [election night] show was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. You couldn’t cut to commercial either. We had a bunch of made-up commercials, but none of them were appropriate once we knew we were playing to an audience of the condemned. My audience was sobbing openly. Who can make jokes to a sobbing audience?
…I’m all for giving him a chance, but don’t give him an inch. Because I believed everything he said, and I remember everything he said, and it’s horrifying. The job changes a man, that’s the cliche of the presidency, but every president tries to achieve what they promised. And you might say there are levers of power in Washington that could possibly slow him down, but two things: One is, they’re cowards. Second is, they tried to stop Trump. Everyone tried to stop Trump. Do not delude yourself. Everyone except the people he’s going to appoint tried to stop him, and they didn’t. He owes them nothing. That’s what scares me. He owes the checks and balances of Washington nothing, because they tried to stop him and they couldn’t. And he’s a vindictive person. So, it’s all going to be fine. Merry Christmas.
In all the chaos that has been going on in the United States, it is so heart-warming to see how so many people stood together in unity and protested against Trump’s ban. People of all races, sexualities, and ethnicities came together and protested against the unconstitutional ban Trump imposed.
I’m truly touched as a Muslim for all the support we received and I honestly didn’t think people really cared about us. Thank you for proving me wrong. Thank you everyone for acknowledging us and fighting with/for us. I’m proud to call you my neighbors.
This is how we make America great again, by standing in unity for peace and justice.
Today an able-bodied, straight white guy in his thirties told me DJT scares him, but added, “It’s important not to drown in fear. After all, what can we do?”
He was totally serious.
I politely explained that as a woman with a disability who has many loved ones of color and/or in the LGBTQ community, it’s impossible for me to be apolitical. I detailed the ways in which just having a disability renders my entire existence political.
I explained how my friends and I have been calling our Senators and Congressional Representatives, our Governors, our Attorneys General, our Mayors, our State Legislators, how we’ve been writing them, too, how we’ve been marching for women, for Black Lives Matter, for Seattle Stands with Standing Rock, how I frequently write about disability, how all of us have mobilized, are sharing information, and haven’t stopped.
Most of us have been politically active for years, but some have only recently begun and, like all of us, they’re learning quickly, sharing information, and working their asses off.
He struck me as a genuinely sweet guy, but he’d done none of the above. When he asked me, “After all, what can we do?” he was truly flummoxed.
I’m finding this dynamic among a certain type of white guy, one whose rights are remaining largely untouched–though climate change will kill them, too, but I digress–and it’s as saddening as it is angering.
I live in Seattle, so I encounter very few DJT supporters, but in the four and a half months since the election, I’ve met too many ostensibly liberal or progressive white guys who are sort of shrugging and hoping the midterms go better, but doing nothing in the meantime.
On the flip side, I know plenty of white male loved ones who are fighting smart and hard on behalf of women, and/or the disabled, and/or persons of color, and/or the LGBTQ community.
They genuinely care.
They get it.
As such, I’ve started making a distinction between straight, able-bodied, white guys and guys who happen to be straight, able-bodied, and white.
The former are one of the biggest reasons we’re in this mess.
The latter are helping the rest of us fight our way out.
The more alliances we build, the better.
Nineteen months ‘till the midterms: let’s do this!
Do you think it could be a good for Canada if O'Reiley got elected? He could make some "good" deals for Canada? Whether he manipulates DJT or they work together? I don't believe it would be good for anyone but I was curious to ask.
Kevin O’Leary would be an unmitigated disaster for Canada.
Kevin O’Leary only cares about money. Those deals would therefore more than likely either benefit him or big corporations. I can’t see him pushing for ‘good jobs’, when cheap jobs with poor labour rights are cheaper for businesses to run.
The government of Canada cannot and should not be run like a business. We’re seeing what happens when that approach is taken by Donald Trump already with arts, science, and social security being slashed all across the board.
For the Love of Pizza, Enough with the Term “Alt-Right”
As we knew he would, President Obama categorically denies DJT’s allegations of wiretapping. Because, you know, President Obama didn’t wiretap DJT or Trump Tower or Ivanka’s dead conscience or whatever the hell DJT’s addled brain will “think” of next.
FBI director James Comey, who has been extremely friendly with DJT and his administration, has stopped just short of calling DJT a liar on this one.
By the time I finish this sentence, we’ll get another breaking news alert on this story, so I’m tabling it for the moment.
What I find particularly astounding today: that I’m still encountering the term “alt-right”.
I understand libel, slander, and defamation laws.
So, I get the reluctance of publications or pundits to deem anyone–such as Steve Bannon, for instance–”a Nazi” or “a neo-Nazi”.
But when he keeps invoking the hideous and genocidal novel “The Camp of the Saints”–Huffington Post’s feature on this is outstanding–what term is more accurate? Everything he says about persons of color and Muslims is exactly what Hitler said about Jews, gays, Gypsies, and the disabled. And Bannon’s hate and position of power have given rise to people who target all those groups, too.
Yes, I’ve heard “But Ivanka and Jared are Jewish!” So was Hitler’s mom. Why don’t we discuss Putin calling Jews “rats” when he was head of the KGB? And DJT and his administration have repeatedly colluded with Putin. (The latest: on Tuesday DJT promised the Keystone Pipeline would be built with American steel. Yesterday we learned roughly 30% of the steel will be Russian.)
Here are the groups this administration has either targeted directly or allowed to be targeted by its supporters:
The LGBTQ community
Disabled public school students
Refugees from Muslim majority nations
Anyone Latinix, American or foreign born
Any representatives of the media or free press
The intelligence community (bizarrely, comparing them to “Nazis” and DJT himself as the persecuted)
Persons of East Indian descent, such as the man in Kansas shot and killed in last week’s hate crime
If I omitted anyone targeted, it’s an oversight.
But read that list again. It comprises over half the United States and over half the planet.
Who does it shield?
White males of European descent who are purportedly Christian. (Actual Christians want nothing to do this administration.)
My family lived under Nazi occupation in Greece.
Does “alt-right” feel sufficient? Isn’t it a ridiculous pseudonym?
Today is Day #45, Sunday March 5.
The past six and a half weeks have seen a cavalcade of hate.
This isn’t the time to pull punches: Nazis are Nazis are Nazis.