if she were a president

First they came for the Muslims, and Jared Kushner said nothing

Dear Jared,

We don’t know each other well, but we’ve met a few times so I figured I’d give this a go. I’m writing to implore you, as President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, to oppose his immigration executive order. You are one of the few people who has the president’s ear and the power to stop him, or at least register your opposition.

Given your family’s history, part of you must be uncomfortable with this policy.

You’re the grandson of Holocaust survivors. You’ve defended President Trump against charges of anti-Semitism. Your own grandmother warned in an 1982 interview of the dangers of another leader like Hitler rising to power. “For the Jews, the doors were closed,” she said. “Even our good president, Roosevelt — how come he kept the doors so closed for us for such a long time?”

I’m asking you to show leadership at this dangerous moment when history threatens to repeat itself. Trump’s decision to restrict immigration from seven Muslims countries, including all refugees, is an affront to the U.S. Constitution. It goes against who we are as Jews.

As a journalist, I’ve traveled to war-torn Syria, where more than 450,000 Syrians have been killed and over 12 million displaced in the deadliest conflict of this century. I’ve visited refugee camps in Jordan, where 1.3 million refugees have resettled since the start of the civil war in 2011.

I’ve seen the toll of the refugee crisis first hand in countries like Greece. If you step onto the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, you’ll never look at a refugee the same way again. I still see the haunting images of shivering children piling out of overcrowded dinghies, screaming mothers cradling newborns in their ams, innocent teenagers suffering in agony because they’ve lost their siblings in a bomb attack in Syria and elderly men and women with tears streaming down their faces because they know they will never return home again.

What I learned from being in these places is just how inaccurate media depictions of refugees are. It’s easy — and politically convenient — to paint them as dangerous ISIS sympathizers. But they are fleeing the very same terrorists that America is fighting. Look into their eyes and you’ll see people desperate to escape war and who will do anything to protect their families. They’re charming, funny, witty. They have big dreams of falling in love and making it big in America and Europe. Banning these refugees does not keep America safe. Despite all the blustery rhetoric, no refugee has carried out a major fatal terrorist attack in the United States.

If that doesn’t move you, then consider how similar Syrian refugees’ plight is to what Jewish people faced during the Holocaust. Then, as now, the majority of Americans were opposed to admitting a vulnerable population into the country over fears they posed a national security threat. Anti-Semitism was prevalent, just as Islamophobia is today; polls conducted from August 1940 to June 1945 show that Jews were regarded as the greatest “menace to this country.” Sound familiar?

In 1939, at the height of World War II, 61% of Americans said they opposed legislation that would have admitted 20,000 Jewish refugee children from Germany into the United States. Congress rejected the legislation and cut refugee migration by 75 percent. In one incident that has become emblematic of U.S. policy at the time, 900 Jewish refugees on the MS St. Louis were turned away from the United States because of immigration restrictions. More than 250 of those passengers were later killed after they were sent back to Nazi Germany.

That moment was a major stain on our history. No one would say today that turning away Jews was the right policy.

Yet today, a new Rasmussen poll shows that 57% of voters favor President Trump’s ban on immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Since 2011, slightly more than 18,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the U.S, but that’s nowhere close to many of our allies; Germany, for example, took in over 1 million asylum seekers in 2015 alone. Trump has placed a temporary ban on any Syrian refugees coming in and pledged to cut the total number who can be resettled in the future by more than half. Once again today, human lives are at stake. For them, this is a matter of life and death.

I know standing up to Trump is not easy, but doing the right thing takes courage. It’s far easier to score cheap points by demagoguing against Muslims. But being president is not about doing what’s popular or good for business. It’s about showing leadership, and doing what’s moral and just.

Just like you, I grew up hearing the oft-repeated mantra “never again” in my synagogue. Well, it’s happening again. So, I’m asking you to condemn this executive order. Think of your grandmother’s words and what would make her proud. Then use the clout you have to persuade Trump to repeal it.

The country needs you.

Jake

  • What he says: Well, you ARE my president.
  • What he means: Being the product of a society that places no premium whatsoever on emotional attachments, I can only express or comprehend friendship by couching it in professional terms, however wildly out of context they may be in this case. But yeah you're p cool, 10/10 would follow into Hell

i really do not care for posts speculating about what infighting would be happening if hillary were elected. like. she’s not fuckin president, deal with the real problems that are happening right now, why are you making political AUs and then getting passionate about it??? hillary/elizabeth warren coffee shop au rated t dont like dont read

You know what is really disturbing that @rosescarves told me today at lunch?

We’re covering WWII and the end of WWII with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. We’ve been having a debate on whether or not to drop the bomb. There’s been an odd trend this year that nearly every kid now wants to drop the bomb while in previous years it would be almost every kid is against dropping the bomb. There is no way this is a coincidence.

My mom and I were talking a while ago, and while we never got around to it, she had an idea. Before the Trump presidency, we were to write down what we thought was normal and what we thought was sane. The reason? Because dictatorship slowly but surely  changes the way citizens’ minds work as a whole. Things that were once outlandish seem like everyday life. Hate speech becomes an opinion, xenophobia is just a world view, and empathy for victims of war decreases greatly. 

I live in Massachusetts, which is a very liberal state. Even here, I have seen a massive shift right beginning at the start of the election season. Trump has already begun to influence the mind of the people as a whole, as shown evidence by multiple classes of teenagers who were much more willing to commit mass murder in an extremely brutal manner against foreign citizens.

So I beg you, never normalize the Trump presidency and what he’s doing. Look at all of the awful things that have been said and done by him and his supporters through the eyes of someone before all of this shit began to happen. Accepting insanity as normality is what he wants. It gives him power, and the power to push more and more of his terrible agenda. 

There are no Green party members in the House.

There are no Green party members in the Senate.

There are no Green party members in any state legislature.  Any.

There are no Green party Governors.

If Jill Stein were somehow to become president, she would get zero done, because she literally doesn’t have any party to support her agenda.  A vote for Jill Stein in any battleground state is directly a vote for Donald Trump.  

The entire point of the primary process in representative party politics is to let the accumulation of votes decide in a candidate for the entire party to rally around.  Clinton beat Bernie by a larger margin than Obama beat Clinton.  Bernie has accepted this (and in return for his endorsement, the Democratic platform will now add some items from his agenda and generally move to the left).

It drives me nuts that Bernie supporters (and for the record, I voted for Bernie in my primary) buy into the party selection process so long as it favors them and then reject it the instant it doesn’t, even while Bernie continues to work the process on your behalf behind the scenes, and the alternative is a racist, sexist, homophobic psychopath like Trump.

So if Marvel isn’t going to give us Peggy Carter back in the MCU…

We’d like a full biography of everything that happened in MCU Peggy’s life, from birth to death please. Tell us who she’s met, her relationship with them, if her brother’s not dead, her reaction to him returning, her connection with Sharon (because right now nobody can figure out how they’re related if Michael’s been dead since 1940), tell us who she married and how long they were married, tell us how she was connected to President John F. Kennedy, all the stuff she’s done with SHIELD, the SSR, the SOE, and at Bletchley Park, and we’d really like to know about her kids! Pretty much anything you can tell us about Peggy that we don’t already know.

Just a simple request Marvel.

as i walked my little sister home from school we started talking about the presidents and i asked her if she’d want to be president and she wasn’t sure. 

but then she went on a whole monologue about how if she were president she’d wear black heels, a black skirt, a white shirt, and black blazer and she’d wear sunglasses all the time and walk like she means business, and she’d eat cereal every morning to get her ready for the day and MY ADORABLE SISTER WOULD BE THE BEST PRESIDENT GOT TO HAVE THOSE BUSINESS SHADES

  • Donald Trump: *Says mean things, has a temper and his staff delete tweets he might not have even written himself*
  • Liberals: OMG he is LITERALLY HITLER we can't let him get elected the world is gonna end!!1!1!
  • Hillary Clinton: *Has a dubious at best political record, authorized bombing of Syria without an official declaration of war, deleted 30,000+ emails containing classified data only when threatened with punishment via the courts, and let American soldiers and an ambassador die by ignoring repeated requests for reinforcements*
  • Liberals: Yaaas! First female president! She's totally trustworthy because she's held a public office for so long!

anonymous asked:

I think people think that celebrities speaking out about certain issues will solve the problem and thats just not true. if it were, hillary would be president. she had every major celebrity behind her. you just cant hate someone and think they're problematic because they choose to not talk about something publicly although i'm sure shes had these conversations in her personal life. honestly its better she doesn't say anything bc people will find a way to tear her apart for it

I’ve received a lot of messages following this post and I’ve been reading through all of them and appreciate the thoughtful responses. I likely won’t be posting many (if any as I don’t want TSSQ to descend into political madness) but I wanted to publish this one because I think it’s an incorrect perception on why people are upset when celebrities don’t speak up.

I sincerely don’t think that people believe celebrity vocalizations will change public opinion - it’s just that they have a very large platform and it seems a waste to not be vocal when/if you have strong opinions about something.

I think this Desmond Tutu quote pretty much summarizes things really well:

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

I find that one of the reasons (and in my opinion, one of the most valid reasons) people are so upset about her silence is - as I mentioned in the first post - the fact that she readily used the feminist platform when she was promoting her album. But now that women’s issues are undoubtedly at the forefront of millions of people’s minds, it seems odd she wouldn’t take up the cause as strongly as she has in the past when she has vehemently believed in a right or wrong. Like, say, when she fought for artistic/creative rights.

I don’t think anyone thinks it’s Lady Gaga’s fault that Hillary Clinton isn’t president any more so than it is Taylor’s.

Again, Taylor of course does not have to speak up. It’s just disheartening and a little questionable that she would choose to speak up only when it is convenient so it would be nice if she did beyond a tweet.

How the Heroes of Olympus Spend Their Time in School:
  • Percy: if not by Annabeth's side, he's usually in the pool
  • Annabeth: spends most of her free period at the library
  • Jason: usually in the science lab because Jason actually loves learning
  • Piper: if not listening to music while Jason works, Piper is trying to catch a nice wave to surf in the pool curtesy of Percy
  • Leo: often, Leo can be found making things in the wood shop room that astonish even the best builders
  • Frank: as smart as Frank is, it doesn't hurt to get tutored in advanced calculus by Annabeth Chase
  • Hazel: sometimes when there's no outdoor practices, Hazel likes to see what treasures lay beneath the school
  • Reyna: because she was convinced to try normal schooling, Reyna didn't like it very much until she became president of the student council
  • Nico: most people were afraid of Nico at first, and he was late to a lot of classes because he kept accidentally shadow traveling to China. But after the rest of the group helped him find something he liked, Nico convinced Will to join school with him. Whenever Will isn't aiding for the school nurse, he and Nico spend time playing soccer because the Son of Hades has an uncanny ability to play like David Beckham

I’m not ready for hillary because when i was little i told my teacher i wanted to be the first girl president and she told me that wouldnt happen because hillary clinton would probably be the first girl president and hillary clinton crushed my 1st grade dreams and she’ll crush the dreams of little girls everywhere

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The Babushka Lady

Amid the panic at John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination, an unidentified woman can be seen in various videos and photographs, taking pictures of the scene of chaos and acting unusually calm. While others around her were ducking for cover, and were horrified at the death of their president, she was simply taking photos as if it were normal. The creepiest thing is, despite numerous investigations by officials, she was never found and her photos were never recovered.

Daisy Ridley was a product of a massive search that we went on for months and months and months. But when she came into the room I would say almost instantaneously she just lit up and was so obviously the right person that we were looking for. She really claimed the role.
—  Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy
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John McCain promises any Supreme Court nominee by Clinton will be blocked

“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up.”

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Just let that soak in, she’s not even President yet, and he’s Already promising not to do his damn job.

Please everyone, vote Dems for your Congressperson & Senator on November 8, so some actual work can be done!