I really don’t know what it says about America in general, that we somehow elected one of the most dishonest and unstable presidents in U.S. history when, during the same election, we had the option of one of the most decent and ethical politicians we’ve ever had the option to choose.
Only a month into the Presidency and Donald Trump is going back out on the campaign trail. He can’t even get his cabinet approved, and yet he decided to start running for his next term after only a goddamn lunar cycle.
He actually needs the attention. I mean, physically needs it! He has actually gone into withdrawal from adoration. The rush of the campaign trail and the screaming crowds is where he gets off, and he misses it.
Donald Trump, after years of telling everyone how bad the other guy was and how he could do better, has found out how much work it is to govern, and it seems he also came up with a way to avoid it, and get cheered on while doing it!
Did Donald Trump actually just admit he wants to change banking regulations to help his friends?!?!
“We expect to be cutting a lot out of Dodd-Frank because, frankly, I have so many people, friends of mine, who have nice businesses who can’t borrow money. They just can’t get any money because the banks just won’t let them borrow, because of the rules and regulations in Dodd-Frank,” – Donald Trump
I grew up in southern New Hampshire, in a town called Nashua. The town got its name from the river that runs through it. The river runs from northern Massachusetts, thru to the Merrimack River, and ultimately the ocean. Back in the 19th century the town was one a handful of mill cities along the Merrimack River, such as Manchester, NH and Lowell, MA.
Nashua was also the home to the Mohawk Tannery. For those who don’t know what a tannery is, let’s just say that that’s where animal hides are processed into leather. To borrow a description from Wikipedia “Historically, this process was considered a noxious or odoriferous trade and relegated to the outskirts of town, amongst the poor.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
When I was younger, I played on a football team, and we practiced a few miles downwind from the tannery. When the wind was just right the smell would be so bad that the players would get stopped in their tracks while running laps as they tried to catch their breath in between retching. It brought more than a few kids to their knees, vomiting in the bushes. Having grown up in New Hampshire I can tell you I would take the smell of a pig farm, chicken coops, or even a paper mill, over a tannery. If you don’t know what any of those things smell like, just go hang out behind your local Denny’s dumpster on a hot summer day. It’s not the same, but you’ll get my point.
Back in the mid 20th century, when the tannery was running full tilt, and when there was little to no environmental regulations to speak of, there was an interesting game the workers at the local mills would play. When they came into work each morning they would punch in, and then grab a colored chip off the wall, and make their wager. Betting on what, you ask?
Well, what they were betting on was what color the river was going to turn that day when the tannery dumped its colorful toxic waste of chemicals and dyes. The picture at the top of this post is of the Nashua River on one such day. Yes, really.
We are actually at a point in our history when a large portion of our population has no idea that only 50 years ago this kind of thing was so common that seeing a clean river running through an industrial town was nothing more than a fairy tale.
I could go on about the Trump Administration and its reckless dismantling of regulations, or the need for the EPA and The Clean Water Act. I could tell you about how the Mohawk Tannery was one of the first Super Fund sites in the United States it was so bad. I could even try to pull on your heart strings by talking about kids swimming in raw sewerage, or dead wildlife. But I’m not going to do any of those things. Instead, I’m going to end this post right here, and ask you to stop and just look at this picture of the Nashua River for a little while.
Within days of Donald Trump’s executive action banning immigrants from countries suspected of promoting “radical Islamic terrorism”, a mosque was burned in Texas, and a mass shooting occurred at mosque in Quebec. In both cases the attackers were both white nationalists, and the Muslims were the victims.
Do you feel safer now?
Steve Bannon, formerly chief of propaganda at Brietbart, has been granted a regular seat on the National Security Council. Meanwhile the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of national intelligence, two of the most senior defense chiefs, will now attend meetings only when discussions are related to their responsibilities and expertise, as both positions are now mostly unnecessary since Mr. Bannon can do it all.
In a recently released statement the Trump administration proudly announced Mr. Bannon’s posting. “Steve, who uniquely understands the 400 pound man sitting on his bed, brings years of distrust and paranoia with him directly to the table of the NSC. This allows New America to finally have the phenomenal knee-jerk reaction time that we’ve been lacking since the early 1970’s when our country was more greaterer than any other!”, President Trump announced.
Over the last 40 years of my life the Republican Party has positioned themselves as the party of Hyper-Patriotism, Pro-Constitution, Family Values, and Strong Christian Values.
In the last year I have watched them ignore, accept, and even approve of, interference in our democracy by a country that was considered an existential threat to the United States only a few years ago. Believing foreign powers over its own citizens, intelligence community, and the free press.
They have suddenly become willing to ignore questionable actions, and foreign financial influences on the President of the United States. They now encourage a tsunami of executive orders, mere months after decrying executive overreach.
The GOP knowingly nominated a man for President who openly eschews family values, brags about sexually assaulting women, makes overtly sexual comments about his own daughter, and looks upon marriage as nothing more than a temporary arrangement.
And finally, the Republican Party and its religious base have openly admitted that the teachings of Jesus Christ are merely talking points, easily ignored when the possibility of political gain becomes attainable.
In short, they have willingly disregarded everything they claimed to have stood for — Opting for the easy road that grants short-term political gain, instead of the persecution and struggle that comes from standing up for inconvenient principles.
There once was a country so universally admired for its freedom and openness that they were given a gift of a symbolic colossal sculpture. The statue was erected on an island is a busy harbor for all incoming refugees to see.
At the base of the massive structure were two notable items. One, a set of broken shackles, meant to symbolize freedom from oppression and tyranny. The other, a plaque containing a poem entitled The New Colossus. It read: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
130 years after the dedication of this symbol of worldwide hope and freedom, the following headline appeared, marking the end of an era: