Friday, November 25, 2016
Trump As President: Oh My God! What Do We Do Now?
So what DO we do now?
That's a subject of some debate and I'm not just talking about all the people out there. I'm talking about the voices in my head.
On one hand, there is the option of acceptance. As screwy a concept as it is to still contemplate after this past few weeks, the reality is that Donald Trump is going to be the next President of the United States. Vox populi has spoken and America's core democratic ideals demand we accept this transfer of power graciously and with respect.
On the other hand, fuck that! We just can't accept that this is normal! Because it isn't! This may have been done under the guise of the voice of the people but make no mistake: we're witness to a complete takeover of the American federal government by one segment of the political spectrum that presents a real danger to this country and our future. We have a Republican President-elect who is stacking his administrative leadership posts with hard line conservatives who will set the pace and tone of the Republican dominated House and Senate. And don't forget the open seat on the Supreme Court; the Senate refused to hold hearings on Obama's nominee but you better be damn sure the Republicans are prepared to roll over and suck the balls of whoever Trump sends up to fill that seat. Given his predilection for filling posts with extreme hard right conservatives, there is little to no doubt a person of a similar persuasion will be Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.
So what does this mean to you?
Health insurance that cannot be denied due to pre-existing conditions? Gone!
Protection of voting rights for minorities? Gone!
A woman's right to choose what happens with her own body? Gone!
Progress to combat global warming? Gone!
Advances for the rights of the American LGBT community? Gone!
Everything that advances America to the future is going to be fought against with a large and passionate force, self-satisfied by the righteousness of their cause leading the way.
Oh my God! What do we do now?
As always, so it seems, the solution lies between either side of the chasm that divides this country.
God help us, Donald Trump is going to be President. We just need to... deal with it. But... BUT...
I like big butts and I cannot lie!
Other brothers may deny!
But we as Americans have to do something that usually doesn't come easy to use. We need to remain politically engaged. We need to be aware of everything that Trump, the House, the Senate and the Supreme Court does that undermines the freedom and liberty of any of our citizens. And we see something wrong, we need to make our voices heard.
It's easy to be engaged during a Presidential election year with candidates and their helpers begging and pleading for your love. But the minute the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November goes by,poof! Our political interest just plain vanishes.
We can't let that happen this year.
No, every day from here on out has burn within is with the same fervor and interest we reserve for election day. A series of most unfortunate events indeed have conspired to create a government that is completely at odds with half of the citizens of this country. With no checks or brakes on the Republicans, a lot of stuff can now get done that couldn't get done before and let's be firm here: you're not going to like much of what get's done.
What do we do now? We don't give up, that's what we do.
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