Meanwhile folks, today is the day. What day you may ask? Well, today is the day that I stop"waiting and seeing". You see, many of my friends, and non friends regular send out things like "trust Trump", "Wait and See", "Give it a Chance", or "Everything will be all right", or even "We have checks and balances in this country". Today I say to those of you reading this who have this philosophy-I'll wait no longer. And to the fellow blogger who said yesterday that I was bashing Trump-you better believe your bottom dollar that I am.
Our President has done the following (or promised to do so in the next day): He intends to stop all Federal arts funding including NPR and PBS, He's ordered a wall (even though folks in Texas don't want it) and expects us to pay out of our tax dollars (does anyone actually think Mexico ever will). He's cut all federal funding to violence against women initiatives, including those that protect college students who have experienced sexual assault. He plans to sign an executive order that states that immigrants brought here as infants or toddlers be returned and deported. There will be no dream act and 700 thousand young people will be deported. He has chosen a Secretary of Defense who left the military because he left Marines to die in Afghanistan. He has chosen an education secretary who does not even know the basics about education in general. Even folks who have no kids in school have some idea what the words "Common Core" mean.
He plans to limit legal immigration, even of those skilled folks who are desperately needed for our economy, and wants immigrants who are here working to pay the US for any service used. He's resumed the pipeline, the heck with the well being or the burial grounds of those in North Dakota. He's taken is out of the trans-pacific deal (I know this is a debatable topic but most economists believe that this helps China in a huge way and farmers will suffer the greatest). He's appointed a racist who called the KKK a patriotic organization to be the head of the Justice department.
So my questions to all those who voted for this man are these: Do you even understand, on any level at all why my gay nephew and my Muslim friend are fearful? Do you understand it's not paranoia? Is all of this all right for you?
Because I gotta tell you, even if you put the refugee/Muslim immigration thing aside, having a Dow that closes at 200, that closes at a thousand even, does not make all the above go away for me.
Everything I have seen so far, every single thing (and I read five news sources including the BBC), leads me to believe that we are turning back at least twenty five years on human and personal rights, health care and more. I am in fact, terrified for this country and what can happen the next few years. Today a think tank stated that we are no longer a "full democracy" and I am not sure I can disagree.
So no, this is not a political blog. On Friday I plan on telling you all about the day my phone broke and I had to wait three days for a replacement (the horror!!), and Monday's blog is all about cooking.
But I'm an activist at heart. I'm also a historian, and history tells us that "wait and see" and "give him a chance" often turns bad, and very quickly. Citizenship is not about voting every for years and then sitting back and going with the flow. It's about making people accountable here and now. So yes, occasionally you will see political posts. Sometimes you'll see brief notes about what's happening in the world above a frugal post, or a comment about my refugee and sanctuary ministry here in the sanctuary city of Denver.
And to those who think I'm bashing Trump? You bet!! Given a chance, I firmly believe that he will destroy this country and make himself very wealthy in the process. Does that mean I am bashing you? No. It does mean that I believe that people who voted for Mr Trump bear some responsibility for what will happen-but so do that forty percent (and I know darned well some of my readers who are included in that) who didn't bother to vote at all.
And what truly hurts my heart is that the people who supported Mr Trump (military folks, young unemployed and disaffected folks in places like Pennsylvania, and middle class whites) could end up suffering the most when all is said and done.
And now, I'll step down off that soap box, go and call my senators for the third time today, and continue the work I need to do to make my church a sanctuary church, with all that means.
And yes, now I have a phone that works. Thank the Lord.