Economy vs People

If you like donald trump because you say he’s good for the economy, while ignoring the environmental repercussions of his executive actions, being completely apathetic to the fact America was made great by immigrants, believing that abortion should be criminalized, and that the media should be suppressed… well then my friend, you have made it perfectly clear that money is more important to you than people.

Inauguration

Here is the transcript to donald’s inauguration speech.

It sounds just like something Hitler would say, healing up its wounded Germany. The scarier part? All the people treating him like the Furer. Seriously, they’re thanking God for sending him.

This is why history is important. There is nothing worse than ignorance Ignorance and close mindedness are very, extremely dangerous.

The reason we’re in this situation is because of lack of education. Ignorance is always the enemy.

If more people were aware of what fascism looks like and how it starts; if more people had read Orwell’s 1984, I think they’d be more aware of the danger that is in front of us.

Running for Charity

Running Living for charity

I have a dream of someday running a 5k for a charity. I realize that knowing the final purpose or destination forms an integral part of realizing any goal. But in this case, it really doesn’t matter.

There are so many charities and causes to support. It dawned on me that perhaps my purpose in life is to stand up for those who are less fortunate. My mother always said I ought to become a civil lawyer. “The voice of the people”, she used to say to me every time I went off defending someone, rolling her eyes.

I just can’t forget how it feels to watch injustice happen. Maybe I didn’t always understand why things happened, but I knew they felt wrong.

When I was about 7 or 8, my family and I were eating at a KFC in Puerto Rico. A woman who was very visibly ill waddled in with great difficulty to ask for scraps that she could eat. The manager called her names and threw her out. I don’t remember what he said to her, but I know it was mean, and I felt so bad for that woman, especially because her face looked so sad. Maybe she was pretending… but I really don’t think so, even now. There was something very wrong with her legs; it wasn’t something that could be easily dismissed by drug use or poor life choices. I believe she truly was sick, down, and out.

I also cannot forget how the marginalized indigenous people in Mexico City were treated like something less than human, living on the streets and begging for charity, looked down upon by almost everyone around them. I saw many children my own age begging for bread and nickels. They were kept poor and uneducated based on their heritage, plain and simple.

It’s easy to dismiss these realities when you’re living in America. These situations seem so distant and so foreign to our privileged existence. But the reason they don’t happen here (as much, or as pronounced at least) is precisely  because American people have continuously fought for civil rights, liberties, and tolerance in this country. Our government and our people came up with solutions and systems that can be used to help  unfortunate people and circumstances, flawed as those systems may be. Without these fights for what is right, we would be far less developed and evolved as a society than we are today.

That’s why I have such strong left-wing political and social leanings. If wishing to protect the vulnerable and defending human and civil rights make me a Liberal, then I am VERY proud to be one. And no amount of boisterous loudmouthed promises of economic reform are going to change that.

The best-case scenario is that Trump won’t do any of the things he said he would.

Worst-case scenario is that he gets us in WWIII.

Another odd scenario is that Trump’s fascist agenda lasts for the next 4-8 years (though I think he will get himself impeached before then). The rich get richer and the poor get poorer until they’re about to break. The youth of today listen to Senator Sander’s message of social justice, and his benevolent revolution falls into the hands of disgruntled youth who overtake the government in a military coup, establishing socialism as the New Normal.

What I really think will be interesting is the overall reaction of middle America in a few years, when they finally open their eyes after they realize they’ve lost their medicare benefits, social security is gone, interest rates, inflation, and gas prices go through the roof, coastal cities begin to flood, and they are taxed through the nose to pay for that stupid wall. Not to mention when they realize that all those supposed tax breaks really only benefit a select few- namely corporations, the rich, and wealthy married people. Never mind if/when we find ourselves in an all-out war.

From the Department of NOT NORMAL

This is not a normal president-elect, vice president-elect, nor leadership. #notnormal
Written by Jennifer Hofmann

It is NOT NORMAL for a president elect to choose a cabinet member by sending his business partner (who is also his son). A normal president use his own judgment in choosing his cabinet.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald-trump-administration/2016/12/ryan-zinke-interior-secretary-trump-232680

It is NOT NORMAL for a president elect to threaten electors if they don’t vote for you. A normal president trusts the electoral process and believes in Amercans’ democratic right to vote.
http://www.salon.com/2016/12/13/report-donald-trumps-campaign-is-threatening-political-reprisal-for-defecting-republican-electors/

It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to use Twitter to communicate about his presidential actions and go without a press conference. A normal president would use the press to communicate and hold a press conference on average 3 days after an election.

http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=47c9040f6ff957a59bd88396e&id=a5dfd1b1fb

It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect’s public criticism of a company to cause their stocks to tank. A normal president is diplomatic in critiquing businesses publically because he or she values the people and jobs that company represents.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-12/lockheed-drops-as-trump-tweets-f-35-costs-are-out-of-control

NOT NORMAL:

This tweet from DJT: Just watched @NBCNightlyNews – So biased, inaccurate and bad, point after point. Just can’t get much worse, although @CNN is right up there!

Compated to this tweet from Dan Diamond‏ @ddiamond:
Weirdest thing: I just watched Obama meet journalists who have criticized him — and he simply shook hands and thanked them for their work.

It is NOT NORMAL for a president elect to promise a press-covered event regarding his business conflicts of interests, then postpone via Twitter the night before because he’s is “busy.” A normal president would have already dealt with any business conflicts and kept his or her promise to the American people.

http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=47c9040f6ff957a59bd88396e&id=a5dfd1b1fb

It is NOT NORMAL for scientists who study the einvironment to be afraid. It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to request the names of people who do this work. A normal president values experts who can inform policy with solid scientific data.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/12/13/energy-dept-rejects-trumps-request-to-name-climate-change-workers-who-remain-worried/?utm_term=.3a266742e122&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

It is NOT NORMAL for the adult child (and business partner) of a president to move in to the White House. A normal president keeps business connections at an approproate distance and avoids conflicts of interest.

https://twitter.com/politico_45/status/809427187447320576