Sunday, January 22, 2017
Call your Senator and Congress person and leave a message.
It is easy. Call 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121
Leave a message with the operator.
Give your name and zip code and the operator will get your message to your Senator and Congress persons.
Tell your representatives to protect the Affordable Care Act and also to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary.
Congress persons are reelected every two years. They do listen to their constitutes.
We all can Resist
Today I sent a letter to the editor to all the major newspapers in Maine and local papers in my area.
It is not enough to blog about my discontent. I only have about twenty five people that read my blog and five or six that comment.
As writers, if we are to actively confront the Trump take over of America we have to reach out beyond our blogs. We have to publish. We have to point out ever falsehood and every Republican infringement on our liberty.
Below is my letter to the editors. Feel free to copy or use any portion - but please join Resistance Publishing:
As his first order of business on Friday President Trump signed an executive order giving federal agencies permission not to comply with parts of the Affordable Care Act. The order was not specific, but gave an opening toward undermining the health care that eleven million people depend on.
The aim is obvious: by not complying with critical portions of the law opponents can push the entire Act into chaos; then Republican law makers can say the Affordable Care Act has been a disaster from its concept and use that as an excuse to repeal it without a replacement.
Those of you who were so afraid of losing your guns should now be afraid of losing your Social Security retirement and Medicare, along with affordable health care. All of these programs are on the chopping block of the Republican law makers in order to decrease government expenditures; thus allowing a justification for massive tax cuts for the mega-wealthy and major corporations.
If you haven’t read George Orwell’s 1984, or haven’t read it lately, you should check it out from the library.
I keep making comparisons of the Trump Republican administration to George Orwell’s 1984 – but the parallel is so startling that it is undeniable.
“Statistics were just as much a fantasy in their original version. A great deal of the time you were supposed to make them up out of your head.”
“The essential act of the party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient …”
And the warning we should head:
“If all other accepted the lie which the party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became true. Who controls the past, ran the party slogan, controls the future: Who controls the present controls the past.”
We should be afraid. We should be very afraid.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Donald Trump's 1984
I have often referred to George Orwell’s 1984. Lately I have seen more and more parallels in today’s governance in the United States.
Now with the election of Trump the parallels scream out.
Trump’s pick for Attorney general is a known racist and a fundamentalist Christian that believes you should deprogram gays and that Gay marriage should be unlawful. He would readily support a Christian Nation concept.
Trump’s selection for the Department of Education has no education background and would like to see public schools replaced with a voucher system.
Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary would like to do away with overtime pay and minimum wage for workers.
Trump’s pick for the Environmental Protection Agency has been a proponent of doing away with the EPA
His pick for Housing and Urban Development is Ben Carson – who sings.
And of course the moron Rick Perry in charge of our nuclear weapons program – what could possibly go wrong
In Orwell’s 1984 the government practices Doublethink. Things are exactly opposite of what their title proposes:
The Ministry of Peace encourages war.
The Ministry of Truth spins lies to appear truth.
The Ministry of Love controls the thought police and torture.
The Ministry of Plenty restricts food and consumer goods.
Do we see a parallel here?
I think so.
A huge percent of the American population is stupid – and proud of it. These were the uninformed voters that elected a narcissistic con man to the Presidency.
In one of Jay Leno’s skits he asked people on the streets in California basic Civics questions – here are some of the responses:
Name the three branches of government. Most couldn’t answer.
What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? No one knew.
Who did the U.S. fight in the American Revolution? A man hesitated and then answered France.
It the President and Vice-President die who becomes President? When told it was Speaker of the House a woman insisted that, No - It was the Secretary of State.
When asked who runs the Judicial Branch of government, people could not answer.
One person could not name the Vice-President of the United States.
Another guessed that the American Flag had thirty stars.
A number of people were asked, who said ‘Give me liberty or give me death.” Most did not know and one man answered Bonaparte.
This is a disgraceful display of our inadequate educational system. But beyond that is demonstrates the feckless nature of a majority of Americans. They don’t know, they don’t care to know, and they are proud of their ignorance. These make up the majority of the Tea Party Republicans and the majority of the Trump voters.
Let’s look at the darling of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin. When asked the ‘got-ya’ question about Paul Revere’s ride – here was her answer.
You can’t fix stupid; but we could better educate our young people. In the meantime, we must loudly confront ignorance wherever it exists; especially the lies and half-truths that are spun in the Republican bubble and that have fueled the election of Donald Trump.
Monday, January 16, 2017
I have made a mistake – I gave up. It was the result of traumatic stress caused by the election of Donald Trump as President.
My intention was to pull away completely from everything political – avoid listening to the news or reading anything pertaining to post election and the Republican Parties’ plans for the rest of us.
Now I have had time to adjust, and I realize that we are not helpless, that situations are not beyond our control. That we must resist.
The way for each of us to resist is not to just complain on our blogs to like-minded people; but to publish resistance pieces in letters to the editor, in all the local papers and internet news sites within our area.
Every time the Republicans make a move that benefits the mega-wealthy or infringes on human rights we should point it out.
The Republican voters live in a fact free bubble and the only way to break that bubble is to constantly attack it with facts and logical arguments.
Today I sent my first resistance letter to the editor to five news outlets here in the state of Main. I am including it. Feel free to pirate it or any part, and join in resistance publishing.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
Republicans are now in control of our government and we will all have to wait to experience the outcome.
The Republican Party is the party ‘of the wealthy and for the wealthy’. Their motto has always been smaller government. The aim of smaller government is to limit federal expenditures, thus requiring less tax revenue from the wealthy.
Republicans have pulled a bait and switch on voters who vote on single issue policies: gun control, abortion, religion etc. They willingly placate these voters for their vote in order to gain control of government; but once in control legislate policies that benefit the wealthy.
Republicans have always desired to do away with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid by turning these programs over to private industries. Now they have the government trifecta necessary to end these programs as we know them.
At this time Republican politicians are lining up. Their first order of business is to do away with affordable government health care. Next will be to gut Social Security and Medicare.
Republican Congressman Sam Johnson (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, has already offered a plan that consist of massive cuts for Social Security beneficiaries. His plan would cut benefits for all but the lowest earners; it would raise retirement age to 69 and reduce cost-of-living adjustments.
I marvel how middle income working people have bought into the Republican purpose. It is the Democratic Party that gave us Social Security, gave us Medicare and supported unions, which resulted in better working conditions and higher pay. The only thing the Republicans have ever offered is tax cuts, which disproportionally benefit the wealthy.