It’s Time

I had planned for this post to be about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. I’ll have to put that one on hold for a later post. Recent news has compelled me to comment, or rant, about another topic.

It is high time for President Trump to go away.

Yesterday, Donald Trump granted a pardon to Joe Arpaio. Arpaio had been convicted of defying a federal injunction to stop detaining individuals based on what amounts to racial profiling. Trump’s pardon of Arpaio flouts both the law and the power of the federal courts.

This isn’t the first time Trump has thumbed his nose at decency.

By his remarks in response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump has emboldened white supremacists and other hate groups.

He has repeatedly offended leaders of other nations.

He seems to govern by tweet.

His financial dealings are shady at best.

His bombastic remarks aimed at North Korea created some tense moments over the possibility of nuclear war. The threat is still there, but Trump has moved on to create havoc on other fronts.

Donald Trump has called global warming a hoax, and pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. (This seems to be a total reversal of his views in 2009 when he signed a letter calling for urgent action on climate change.*)

The President called for an investigation into voter fraud seemingly because he thought he didn’t win the election by a wide enough margin.

He has spent an inordinate amount of time playing golf.

He has also spent way too much time pandering to his base and holding rallies that look like campaign events. He is less than a year into his first (and I hope only) term. He should be using that time to take seriously the tasks of governing.

His supporters have continually turned a blind eye to his displays of racism, cruelty, and mental instability.

And then there’s the Russian problem.

If none of this terrifies you, you haven’t been paying attention; or maybe you just don’t care.

It is time for Congress to stop enabling this madness. It is time for Donald Trump to go away.

I remain cautiously optimistic that this country will one day return to sanity.

To my fellow Americans: Please use the power of your voices and votes where you feel they will do the most good.

To my readers who are not Americans: Please pray for our country.

einstein quote *http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/12/trump-climate-timeline/

 

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Disgusted

Today the House of Representatives held a premature vote regarding the American Health Care Act.

They did not wait for the Congressional Budget Office to report on the possible cost and other ramifications of the proposed legislation.

News reports suggest that most (if not all) members of Congress did not even bother to read the entire bill before voting.

The vote was almost entirely a straight party-line vote. Only twenty Republicans voted against the bill, along with all Democrats.

After the vote, they celebrated. Apparently they had beer on hand before the vote even took place.

I think it is safe to say, these members of Congress did not have the best interests of the country in mind when they acted.

Their action was never really about health care, although if the legislation goes forward, many stand to suffer.

No. This was all about winning. Our side versus your side. Republicans versus Democrats. Rich versus Poor. Healthy versus Sick. Us versus Them.

How did we get here? Why are we so divided that we cannot look beyond a label and do what is right? More importantly, how do we fix it? I wish I had the answer.

Today, 217 members of Congress played with our lives when they voted for this bill which was rushed through the process without proper research, thought, or consideration of constituents’ opinions. They acted irresponsibly and out of selfish interest. I support the defeat of every one of those 217 Congressmen and Congresswomen when they come up for reelection in 2018.constitution-62943_640

Just Thinkin’ about Civic Action

I have joined the Resistance. I’ve knitted these hats and sent them off to be worn by participants in the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on January 21.

My “civic action knitting” is largely symbolic, but I hope these hats will join thousands of others to make a powerful statement in favor of women’s issues and against misogyny.

Each of us who has a voice¬†must step forward and speak against¬†all forms of hatred–racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia–whenever and wherever we can.