We’ve been subjected to the Supreme Leader, Cheeto, for six days now. What he’s done, with the explicit support of other Republicans and tacit support from Democrats, is chilling. Our country is becoming unrecognizable.
He’s reinstituted the so-called “Mexico City Policy,” which prohibits clinics both at home and abroad from discussing birth control and abortion. This will effectively lead to more abortions, not fewer, worldwide. This is not alarmist, but demonstrably, factually true. It is also likely that it will make abortions more dangerous too. Again, not being alarmist, just stating facts. We’ve been through this before, but it’s disturbing that we have to fight this crap again.
Supreme Leader Cheeto signed another executive order prohibiting immigration from “terrorist nations.” This also limits or prohibits Syrian refugees from entering the United States. The language is eerily similar to that used in World War II to prohibit Jewish immigration when the nazi regime started firing up its ovens and camps (and, yes, much of American government was aware of it).
He also signed an order allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to resume. This is worrisome from an environmental standpoint: it threatens water and land. It is worrisome from a sovereignty standpoint: it crosses sacred lands of Native Americans. It is worrisome because Supreme Leader Cheeto has financial ties to the pipeline, being an investor in the project.
He’s obsessed with the lie he perpetuates about voter fraud. Make no mistake: it IS a LIE. The reasons he rants about this are (a) he can’t accept that he didn’t win the popular vote and needs an excuse to salve his fragile ego; and (b) he and other Republicans want to restrict voting rights for millions. It’s entirely possible that they may seek to enact a national voting identification program. That will restrict voting even further, because the poor, young, elderly, and minorities do not have ready access to those things which will enable them to get the ID card – it’s happened at the state level and WILL happen at the federal level.
The Supreme Leader Cheeto and his band of Merry Minions are conducting a war on the press – a war, by the way, which is completely one sided. The media is reporting Supreme Leader and Merry Minions, they don’t like the the reporting, and call the reports “fake news.” Then Supreme Leader via Merry Minions declare they’ll give the country “alternative facts.” Regardless, they seek to suppress the media who don’t play along. They’ve already started a crackdown, arresting reporters who merely covered inaugural protests. This is chilling.
I could go on and on. These may not seem like much, but they change the way our country functions at its core. We’re being ruled by executive order, more than we ever have previously – even under the Obama administration (which did not issue as many executive orders as Republicans would have anyone believe). We are in danger of losing our democratic (small d) way of life. We are moving towards more repression and suppression of rights. Our media is under attack, our rights are slowly being repressed, environmental protections and personal freedoms are being disintegrated. America is under siege. We are changing and distinctly not for the better.
I will, to the best of my ability, resist because I weep for my country.