I want to keep track. I think it is important to know just how many things have been ripped from the fabric of America…just how many travesties have been thrust upon our Constitution, our environment and how many civil liberties are being trounced by our Liar-in-Chief.
–The Rule of Law – ignoring a judicial ruling of guilty by pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio
–Climate change denial – Cuts to EPA and FEMA in the wake of two devastating hurricanes and raging wildfires in the West
–Comparing the KKK, Neo Nazis and White Supremacists as being the same as protesters
–The guarantee of clean water, free of chemical dumps and clean air being threatened… reference the Arkema chemical site pouring toxic waste into the environment as just one example.
–Sanctioning and admiring autocrats with a history of murdering their opposition. Like Putin & Duterte
–The decrease in tourism in the United States – In 7 months the loss of ~37 billion in tourism dollars
–Crops rotting in the fields for lack of immigrants to harvest them
–The loss of prestige as being the indisputable leader of the free world
–The continued assault on the free media. Dividing our nation with fake news leading to a loss of confidence in our government
–The normalization and acceptance of lying and prevarication second to none in the history of our country. Estimated lies over first 227 days of presidency are 1,114.
–A different set of rules for Republicans than for Democrats – the steadfast refusal of Republicans to give Merrick Garland a hearing just because he was nominated by Obama and using a lame excuse of it being an election year. Yet they have blinders on about the ongoing criminal investigation into the Trump administration and his associates.
–Devos ending Obama’s Title IX rules for investigating college campus sexual assaults
–Direct violation of the Emolument Clause of the Constitution. – Trump and his children continue to profit and are receiving monies indirectly to bolster their own personal wealth
–Ordering a ban on transgender personnel in the military and using the excuse of it being cost prohibitive. When compared, the cost of Viagra and erectile dysfunction treatment for male military personnel is far in excess ($84 million compared to $8.4 million annually) of transgender expenses. I am also certain that there are many, many more that I have not listed here.
And personally, I have had the painful loss of a relationship with one of my sisters. All of the others only affect me indirectly…my life really isn’t impacted that much simply because I am an older white educated female with a good job, children who love me and I know they will step up to the plate and help me if needed. But the loss of a sister relationship is a gut punch. I’ve tried to mend those broken fences, but just as I pulled away after the 2016 Presidential election because of depression and my own inability to be around those who voted this horrible human being into the Presidency, I can only assume that she may be in much the same place right now as I was then. The pain is great and I hope that some day, before one of us departs this world, we can once again laugh and bathe in the camaraderie of sisterhood.
I know you hurt and I hate that!
Love you, Kathleen