There have been a lot of words and terms used to describe donald trump. I have come to the conclusion that all of them are probably correct, except things like honest, believable, and humane. In the first week of his presidency, he has started a war with the press, he has decided that only he can decide what is “true” and what isn’t, what information from the government can be made public, how to screw first-time home buyers, how to take away health care coverage from the poor and how to line his own pockets.
Yesterday, he very openly did something you have never seen before. He sat in the Oval Office and signed an executive order that was intended to make himself more money. He signed an executive order that will help push forward the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipelines. Problem is he owns stock in the company that owns the Dakota Access Pipeline and that company’s stock went up right after he signed the order.
Yes, his team had originally said that he had sold off his stock in June. But, the statements from Spicer during a press briefing indicates he has not sold off the stocks. Nor, has there been any paperwork filed to show he has sold the stock. In the briefing Spicer said that a few thousand dollars is not at the top of the list of a man who has made billions. So, the idea he sold the stock was a lie. Gee, how about that?
There has always been the worry about conflict of interest, but this is living proof that it does exist and will continue to exist as long as he refuses to properly divest himself from his businesses.
He claims that these two projects will create tens of thousands of jobs. The fact is that combining both projects, there will be about 20,000 jobs created for a period of one year. Once the project is completed, there will be about 65 permanent jobs between the two pipelines.
And, the oil that is going to be piped down these two lines, especially the Keystone XL pipeline is not intended for the U.S. market. It is intended to be shipped overseas. That will not help our economy or help our energy independence, it will only help the profits from which trump will personally benefit.
Instead of these meaningless projects, if trump really wanted to create jobs and help our manufacturing and our citizens he would instead order a change over from fossil fuel to clean energy. By doing that, he would create an estimated 15 million jobs that would last at least 20 years.
Plus the permanent jobs number would remain in the millions because these systems would have to be maintained. Wind turbines need constant maintenance. Solar panels need constant cleaning and periodic replacement. Tidal generators require constant maintenance.
Additionally, since the source of this new electricity would be free, the cost of our energy bills would be drastically reduced. Meaning without any “border taxes” our manufacturing would see a possible boom because their energy costs would plummet. But, apparently trump doesn’t own any stock in clean energy companies, so he isn’t interested in making the change.
He has issued orders that federal workers cannot discuss any business in emails, twitter, phone calls, or any other form of communications, including to members of Congress. In essence, he has placed a gag order on all federal workers.
He has frozen all contracts and grants with the EPA and told the agency to remove its climate change page from its website. When the Parks Administration tweeted about carbon dioxide in the air, he made them take it down immediately. He is doing everything to ensure that the only thing the people of America get from their government is only what he wants them to get. In an email that did get out, one agency was told that these forms of communications “could find its way to the press” and therefore no one can use them in an official capacity.
He is continuing his rantings about “illegals” voting in the last election. This moron is so obsessed with himself that he cannot graciously accept victory. He continues to be hurt by the fact that he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. His “alternative facts” on that it is because 3 – 5 million votes were cast by “illegals”.
Of course he offers no proof. Now, he is calling for a massive investigation into this fantasy of his simply because Alex Jones of InfoWars told him it was true. We have a real conspiracy theorist sitting in the White House. Even Spicer screwed up during the press briefing about this issue. He was asked several times about it and he offered his “proof” by citing a Pew Paper on the issue.
He claims that Pew wrote that 14 percent of votes cast in our elections were cast illegally. That is a total and flat-out lie. 14 Percent of votes cast? As a matter of fact, Pew wrote after this last election that there were no indications of voter fraud. Not one Attorney General or head of the Election Board in any state reported any voter fraud like trump is claiming.
Besides, if there was this massive voter fraud, what makes everyone think it was intended to help Democrats? In the early stages of the election I found 3 cases of voter fraud being investigated by states. All were helping Republicans. Two by filling out “incomplete” mail-in ballots and one case of a woman who admitted to voting for trump twice.
Maybe we should let him do his investigation. But, if it is discovered that he was the recipient of that massive voter fraud, I bet he announces nothing was found. No, this is all cover for his desire to issue National ID cards and “papers” to control us and our movements.
He has hinted that today will be “a great day for national security”. He supposedly is going to sign two more of those Republican claimed unconstitutional executive orders. The first is to stop immigration from mostly Muslim counties. Especially Syria. It is reported that six other nations will be added to the list. Those countries include Iraq which has a lot of people who helped us during the war and was promised immigration here for their help. If this ban goes in, they will be at risk of losing their lives because of this clown. That will not make our troops happy.
Furthermore, any ban on Muslims will help our enemies recruit more people into their cause. The leader of ISIS before the elections said, “I pray that Allah hand America to trump”. He will be able to tell the Muslim world that trump has declared war on Islam, not on terrorism. Which also means he is putting us in the crosshairs for another serious terrorist attack on our shores.
The second order is supposed to be about his Berlin Wall on the Mexican border. He has hinted that he will order the wall to be built. Of course, we will be paying for the wall, not Mexico. I am still wondering how many gun towers will be placed along the wall to shoot anyone trying to get over it. He hasn’t said anything about that yet.
We now have the beginning of our authoritarian government forming. First, you lie, lie, lie. Then you put a gag order on everyone who works for the government to control information coming out of it. Then you line your pockets with executive orders that do nothing to help the economy. Then you openly discriminate against Muslims simply because you don’t like them. Then you build a Berlin Wall along one of our borders.
If all of this sounds vaguely familiar to you, you are right. We saw this “big league” in Germany in the 1930s. The only difference is that Muslims and Mexicans have replaced Jews as the enemy of our “pure race”.
I really wish I didn’t have to make comparisons to the Nazi’s, but it is difficult not to do so with trump’s actions. In Germany there were gag orders on the entire government. There was self-dealing by Hitler making him extremely wealthy. There were lies after lies after lies. Then there was the Jew who was blamed for everything wrong with Germany. The parallels are just too close to ignore them.
I am sure that trump lovers will believe these actions are exactly what the country needs. However, I am also sure that the rest of the country is beginning to become somewhat fearful of our future. And we need to be fearful with trump at the head of our government.
The simple fact is that trump cannot install his authoritarian government without Republican’s help. But, as we have discussed before, they are laying the foundation in several states around the country. So, I don’t foresee any help from the spineless Republican members of Congress. Just look at McCain, Graham, and Rubio. They all said they have “serious reservations” about Tillerson’s Russian ties to be named as Secretary of State, but they all voted for him anyway. So, we obviously can’t trust them anymore than we can trump.
It is up to the people to stop this madman from putting in place his authoritarian government. It begins now. It begins by mobilizing and making sure Republicans suffer historic losses in the 2018 elections. And no, it is not too early to start.
In the meantime, we need to flood our Senators and Representatives with negative calls, emails, tweets, and letters to tell them to stop these insane and mostly unconstitutional actions by their leader. We need to keep score on which ones help us stop this lunatic and the ones who support him. Then, we need to target the enablers in 2018.
If we are not prepared to fight back, we will lose our freedoms, our democracy and our country. Do not let the shirts keep marching along.