(Before we get to todays comments, let me explain the day 20 above. One of the biggest memes of Trump’s campaign was he would “bring back American jobs”. As you know, Donald Trump and his family have several products that they sell in the U.S. These includes things like suits, shirts, ties, accessories, shoes, women’s clothes, and jewelry.
Since Donald Trump is now the President-elect, it is his responsibility to lead our nation. Anyone who has been in a position of leadership knows the best form of leading is from example.
Since Trump and his family want to “bring back American jobs” and since the simple fact is that none of their products are made in America, I have been waiting for him to announce the change from the 12 countries where his products are made to bring them back to America.
It has now been 20 days since he woke up as the President-elect. I will continue the count until he announces that his manufacturing jobs will be returned to the U.S. Once he does that, I will restart the count until the jobs actually begin. If you expect to make promises to the American worker, start at home with your own products.)
Since Donald Trump began announcing his cabinet and administration picks, he has shown beyond reasonable doubt that he intends to dismantle our democratic country. I am not sure if he is trying to move quick so there won’t be a campaign in 2020 or if he is toying with that idea still.
I am not kidding about this either. He is naming people who have been so un-American, in my opinion, that there can be no other reason for their appointments. Plus, he is proving he is the liar that we all know he is.
During the campaign, he said Hillary Clinton should be in jail. His reason was because of her private email server. He, and conservatives in general, claimed it was illegal, which it was not. They also claimed that she “compromised classified” information because it might have been on the server, and it might be subjected to a hack.
All investigations, including that by the FBI said there were no laws broken and therefore no criminal charges could be brought. That did not quiet the critics who claimed that it was all a “cover up”.
Now, to prove just how much he meant his railings against Clinton, he has named on person to his intelligence team and is considering another person to be Secretary of State or head of the DIA or some other intelligence position who have compromised classified information.
The first, Mike Flynn was severely reprimanded for handing over classified information to NATO partners without permission from higher authority. The matter was investigated by DOD and he was considered to have mishandled classified information, thus the reprimand.
The Second Gen. Petraeus who is currently on a two-year probation for mishandling classified information. That was the result of a plea deal. His crime was even worse than Flynn’s. He actually gave some very sensitive information to his biographer, with whom he was also having an affair, then he lied about it. The FBI discovered this highly classified information in a desk drawer in his house.
Now Trump wants these two men, who have actually been proven to not handle classified information properly to be put into positions that need to handle very sensitive classified information.
He named Jeff Sessions to be his Attorney General. Jeff Sessions is an open racist. He said the KKK is okay, except he doesn’t like some of them smoking pot after their meetings. He has voted against things like the Violence Against Women’s Act, every Civil Rights bill brought to the Senate floor, wants a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, fought against equality rights for disabled children to attend public schools, and a host of other things.
Trump now wants him to “enforce” the very things he hates. There are effectively two ways to kill civil rights in this country. First is to pass legislation that repeals those rights, and the second is to simply not enforce their provisions. Trump appears to be using the second option.
It is the responsibility of the Department of Justice to enforce all of the laws of this country. However, with Session’s record against human decency, we can be pretty sure he won’t enforce those laws he personally doesn’t like. Do you really believe he will enforce what is left of the Voting Rights Bill?
Additionally, Sessions is very anti-immigration. You can bet the first order will be to “round up” all of the so-called “illegals” in the country. If you were wondering where Trump’s deportation force would come from, you now have your answer.
Sessions is also in favor of banning Muslims from immigrating to our country. He favors a registry for all Muslims already here. He is in favor of “monitoring” Mosques to make sure they aren’t “radicalizing” anyone.
Yesterday, it was announced that Rep. Tom Price will head up the Department of Health and Human services. Remember those 50 bills in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act? He wrote every single one of them.
His “replacement” plan known as the Empowering Patients First Act is nothing more than an Empowering Insurers First Act. His “plan” would gut Obamacare’s regulation of insurance plans, reduce the total financial assistance going to people buying private coverage and rescind entirely the law’s expansion of Medicaid for the poorest Americans.
Insurers could resume some of the practices that Obamacare now prohibits ― like selling bare-bones plans and, in some cases, denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Price’s proposal would offer people tax credits, but there’d be no guarantee the credits could actually pay for comprehensive coverage.
He also believes that homosexuality is some kind of abnormality. As such, they should bed shunned and not allowed into “polite” society. He favors the amendment to ban same-sex marriage and considers homosexuals to have “pre-existing” conditions which could cut them off of insurance under his plan.
He also expressed his belief that same-sex partners should not be allowed to help make medical decisions on behalf of their sick partner. Nor does he favor same-sex partners having the same visitation rights as any other partner might have.
Furthermore, Price believes that Medicare should be privatized and Medicaid should be abolished. Under his replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, it is estimated that at least 20 million people will lose their health care coverage. Of course, Trump promised not to change Medicare or Medicaid during the campaign. So much for campaign promises.
Both Sessions and Price argue that children born to non-citizens should not have “citizenship birthright”. Meaning if a non-citizen gives birth in this country, that child would not automatically become a citizen as the constitution says they would.
Then, yesterday, Trump announced that he believes that anyone who “burns the American flag” should go to jail and lose their citizenship. I know that a lot of people don’t like the idea of burning the flag in protest. But, it is a protected First Amendment right of Free Speech as ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Of course to conservatives, the right of Free Speech only applies if they agree with what is said or done. The fact that a dissenter could have those same rights is unthinkable to them. They consider shouting at two Asian women in a diner and calling them names and telling them they should “go back to Tokyo” is free speech, but burning the flag in dissent is not free speech.
I served 20 years to defend our freedoms and the constitution. I may not like seeing the flag being burned, but I refuse to “criminalize” the act. Are we also going to make burning the President in Effigy a crime too? Or maybe all of those Obama stunts like showing up a football game wearing an Obama mask with a noose around your neck? Maybe that should be a crime too. Or, all of those “funny” emails about the President we have had to put up with for eight years.
Sorry conservatives, you don’t have the right to pick and choose what rights people are allowed to have and which ones they are not allowed to have. That is not in our constitution which you claim to love so much.
We haven’t even gotten into all of the conflicts of interest that Trump will face as President. For example, did you know that the lease for his new hotel in the old Post Office building in Washington has a clause that says no one associated with the hotel can serve in public office? Once Trump takes the oath, he will be in violation of that lease.
We are going to lose our freedoms under a Trump presidency. The only question is how quickly will it all happen. Will it be a gradual chipping or a quick repeal of those rights. In either case, we all lose.
Trump does not have the mandate he thinks he has. Yes, he wont the Electoral College, but he lost the popular vote by over 2 million ballots. So, he is basically a minority government, not one with a mandate.
Yet, we are going to see our civil liberties eroded and we will find ourselves back in the 1800s with basically no rights except the right to rent our homes from the company who hired us and to purchase our supplies at their stores. We will have the right to become poorer and more at the mercy of the one percenters.
If he goes ahead with his plans to abolish OSHA and the EPA we will have no workplace safety rules and no protection for our water and air. We will have no right to unionizing and fair bargaining rights. No, we will all live in those good ole days when the company runs our lives and throws us out of our homes if we become less “productive” or too old for their bottom lines, even if it kills us. There won’t even be any unemployment insurance for us to fall back on until we can find another job.
This is how you dismantle a democratic country.
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