I met with a number of anti-Trump people last week. So nice to meet everyone and discuss rationally how we can work together toward a common goal. We talked about phone calls, email and letters to our local Democratic reps. One woman mentioned maybe we should call and write to the Opposition. I thought it was a great idea. One way to change something is by force, which we are attempting by large protests. We put enough pressure on our ‘own’ reps and they in turn put pressure on Congress. That was the strategy in the ’60s and it worked then, but took a long time.
But we don’t really need to convince the convinced, do we? Why are protesters not confronting the Opposition. That is who we must convince. Now. I’m assuming this is the harder course, since it would involve far more diplomatic skill than most of us have, and we see just how long that might take. But we need to invest that time and effort to convince our elected representatives on both sides that ALL of America is not fine with the new administration our elected representatives put into office.
My husband had the idea that we might petition the Supreme Court to intervene in their capacity as the holders of the Constitution. Do they have that kind of power? Can they arrest Dump? Can they charge him with crimes against the Constitution and the US? I did find the short answer which was essentially yes, but it would be difficult and messy. If anyone has information on whether this can be, or should be, done, please let me know.
That’s how I have begun to define the next four years. The Dump Years, when the US turned to shit. My only hope is all that shit will somehow fertilize things. Maybe after the debris settles and the Muslim Americans have been released, and the illegal immigrants are put on a path to legality, we will have a better America.
The shocking thing to me is how singularly idiotic the Trump supporters are. How clueless. Do the folks in the Red States really believe he will bring better employment opportunities? The only way that will happen is if they try to put a pipeline through Ohio and Pennsylvania. There will be jobs, but the land and water will be poisoned. How can they not see that? Surely, some Trumpsters must be intelligent? Some must have a college education, or are well read? Hopefully some recognize the serious error of buying into Trump’s rhetoric. I hope some of those who voted for him are having second thoughts.
The majority of Trumpsters seem fueled by hatred: of Muslims, immigrants, any non-whites. They hate our government, our laws, our Constitution. These otherwise probably normal and pleasant people are easy prey for a guy like Trump who spouts lies as easily as he combs his hair. No. Lying surely comes easier to him. I doubt he even combs his hair, but has someone do it for him every day for $1000 an hour.
His cabinet nominees grows more awful by the day. Here is his latest list as posted by The New York Times (updated Dec. 5, 2016). Most of these positions require Senate confirmation, but with a Republican dominated Senate, I don’t see a lot of opposition. I most afraid of the three that do not require Senate confirmation:
Nat. Sec. Adviser: Michael Flynn (and Conspiracy Theorist) Think “Pizzagate”
Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus (long-time Republican insider)
Chief Strategist : Steven Bannon (KKK, need I say more?)
Many of his other choices are just as bad.
Treasury Secretary: Steven Mnuchin, who is a former Goldman Sachs executive, has deep roots in Hollywood and no government experience. Yes, an excellent choice. What was all that noise about Hillary speaking at GS?
Health and Human Services Secretary: Tom Price. Price is an outspoken opponent of the ACA. The secretary will help to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The department also runs Medicare and Medicaid.
Education Secretary: Betsy DeVos. An education activist who is a passionate believer in Christianity in public schools. It’s only unconstitutional, but no one seems concerned.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson, idiot surgeon with no experience whatsoever.
C.I.A. Director: Mike Pompeo. Benghazi , Benghazi , Benghazi
Attorney General: Jeff Sessions. The AG can change how civil rights laws are enforced. His nomination for a federal judgeship in 1986 was rejected because of his racially charged comments and actions He is openly anti LBGQT.
Interior Secretary: The Interior Department manages the nation’s public lands and waters. The next secretary will decide the fate of Obama-era rules that stop public land development; curb the exploration of oil, coal and gas; and promote wind and solar power on public lands.
A couple of Trump’s choices:
Jan Brewer Former (impeached) governor of Arizona
Harold G. Hamm, Chief executive of Continental Resources, an oil and gas company. No conflict of interest there.
Forrest Lucas, President of Lucas Oil Products, which manufactures automotive lubricants, additives and greases.
Homeland Security Secretary, Formed after 9/11, to protect the United States’ borders. If Mr. Trump makes good on his promises of widespread deportations and building a wall, this secretary will have to carry them out.
Joe Arpaio Departing sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz (He is likely going to be in prison, so I think he’s out.)
E.P.A. Administrator: Trump has vowed to dismantle the agency “in almost every form.” Several names being bandied. Two of the most undesirable:
Myron Ebell A director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent climate change skeptic.
Robert E. Grady Gryphon Investors partner who was involved in drafting the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.