Mark your Calendars! I agree with Donald J. Trump!
During his campaign, he stated that he wanted to “Drain the Swamp.” However, the composition of his upcoming cabinet indicates otherwise. The Trump Administration is going to be an unprecedented disaster. The damage coming may well be irreversible for this country. His cabinet will do things that will be catastrophic, including further deregulation and, of course, tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Let’s be clear, it was just rhetoric on Trump’s part. There will be a realization among Trump supporters in the future that they have been deceived. We already know this outright now. Once this sets in with Trump supporters, who knows what the outcome will be?
So far, President-elect Donald Trump’s purposed Cabinet consists of millionaires and billionaires:
Carl Icahn 16.7 Billion Advisory on Regulatory Ovehaul
Vincent Viola 1.8 Billion Secretary of the Army
Jeff Sessions 15 Million Attorney General
Steven Bannon 10 Million Chief Strategist
Mike Pompeo 267 Thousand CIA Director
Rex Tillerson 50 Million Secretary of State
Wilbur Ross 2.5 Billion Commerce
Betsy DeVos 5.1 Billion Education
Tom Price 13.6 Million Health and Human Services
Ben Carson 10 Million Housing and Urban Development
Andrew Puzder Labor
Elaine Chao 8.95 Million Transportation
Steven Mnuchin 40 Million Treasury
Linda McMahon 500 Million Small Business Administration
Jay Clayton SEC Chief (Wall Street Lawyer)
Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be the de facto President under the Trump Administration. He will likely be directing all legislation out of the White House, and it will be devastating for minorities, the elderly, children, women to name a few.
In my opinion, the Democratic Party will not do a damn thing to stop the destruction between the Trump Administration and the Republican House of Representatives and the Senate. They will provide no meaningful resistance. Consequently, the Democratic Party has no short-term or long-term vision for the future. They are only concerned about their pocketbook and the Blue Team. What that really means is that it is now up to us. We must support one another and work together. I feel this message seems like it is needed now more than ever.
The neo-liberals and the neo-conservatives and their ideas need to be rejected. The people of this nation need to reject the attitude that “their representative is wonderful and we like them, so let’s keep them in office.” Do you remember in past elections the term “Throw the Bums Out!” That is what we need to do! We need to throw all of them out! This is a lesson of the 2016 election. NONE OF THEM ARE CURRENTLY WORKING FOR US! Wake Up! Only exception: Senator Bernard Sanders.
We need to have big ideas outside the box with our FDR, JFK and RFK philosophies. What do the American people want? One thing is certain that they do not want Donald J. Trump or Hillary Rodham Clinton. In my opinion, the Democratic Party is going to pay for her nomination for a long time to come. I am an advocate for a third party at this point.
The two major parties need to talk about fundamental values, not the slight degree of policy differences. We need more than two major political parties that are for the same things. The right and left wings of the same bird, and I am not talking about my Jewels or Casey.
It is obvious to me that the American people want someone to tell the truth, as in Senator Bernie Sanders. We need to use Bernie Bird as our model for the future. I will vote and work for a Berniecrat, and you should too. Bernie became popular for obvious reasons. We need to carry on HIS legacy. We need something to hope for in the future, and we have to hope he will run again in 2020.
Also, please consider the net worth of leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties:
Mitch McConnell 10 Million
Paul Ryan .8 Million
John McCain 10.5 Million
Nancy Pelosi 100 Million
Chuck Schumer 702 Thousand (This one I find questionable)
Barak Obama 12.2 Million
Michelle Obama 11.2 Million
Hillary R. Clinton 45 Million
William J. Clinton 80 Million
Considering the fortunes of our elected representatives, leaders, potential cabinet, does anyone really believe that there will be ANY legislation established to help the American people? If so, it is time to take your head out of the sand. It is time to find your internal fortitude and to fight. We need to come together, stop bickering, and fight. Yes, fight! We need a wide range of ideas for going forward. We need to find the passion in our souls, and put it into action. Start NOW, not tomorrow.
My passions are the environment, and exotic animal issues. The environment because I grew up at a federal Superfund site, Butte, Montana, home of the Berkley Pit. A large toxic cesspool. I was an environmental activist at a young age.
Also, my Quaker Parrot, or Monk Parakeet, is illegal in several states in the United States, hence I belong to a local bird club and I am on it’s board, and we use our voices to be heard at our state Legislature, which will resume in February 2017. Many states will continue to restrict the ownership of exotic pets. For example, Maine just made the ownership of Quaker Parakeets illegal. I also belong to a national group called the Quaker Parakeet Society, which advises of any changes to legislation, as well as upcoming legislation. This is personal to me. Jewels is more than an exotic bird to me. He is a family member. Find your personal issue and FIGHT!! We are going to need all hands on deck for the upcoming fight!
I know many of you are interested in saving Social Security and Medicare. Get Involved. Many of you are interested in Economic Inequality and Poverty. Get Involved! I make donations regularly to the local food bank, but I could also get involved in with the program Meals on Wheels or volunteer at the food bank. Find a way to assist the homeless. Find a new purpose.
At JPR, we need to move into to resistance mode. We will need to fight on all fronts, including but not limited to against Trump, Pence, Republicans and Democrats. Let’s get organized and involved in issues of interest to us, but you specifically. Let’s work at the local and state levels to make a difference.
Thank you for listening. I love you all. NOW GET TO WORK!!!
Oh, and don’t forget to laugh along way. Humor is a requirement from this day forward.
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