Growing up I always wondered how Germany fell to Hitler, after all they were intelligent good people. So when Trump started his campaign for president, it all seemed so similar to the reports I had read about Hitler- how he had been laughed at and no one ever thought he would ever be in a position of authority but he did, just like Trump did and just like Hitler did, Trump won with less than 30% of voters.
One thing that stood out to me when I studied that time of Hitler is that less than a third of the people were in thrall to Hitler- one third was active in their resistance but one third stayed quiet. That one third that stayed quiet actually allowed the atrocities to continue and for Hitler to succeed.
Now it seems like history is repeating itself and I ask myself are one third of our country going to stay quiet or will they join with the millions like myself to resist the danger that Trump represents?
Will you stay silent?
Once more the republicans are trying to sell their trickle down fairytale. What I find so sad is how many ‘stupid’ americans are ready to believe it. Back in the early 1900s they called it the horse and sparrow with the premise that if you feed the horse really good oats then the sparrows can come along and eat from the horses shat. Just another version of todays fairytale that if you give the rich and large corporations tax breaks they will share their wealth with you and give everyone jobs.
Of course the reality is that it will just enlarge the inequality of wealth and the corporations will just give more to the shareholders and CEO’s and the middle class and poor will not only pay higher taxes but everything we ‘peon’s’ count on like Medicare and government programs for the poor and government agencies like EPA and transportation and FDA and the list goes on will be severely cut and in some cases will be eliminated. The kicker is that it will raise the deficit by trillions and of course will cut way down on needed revenue so then even more cuts will of course need to be enacted.
When Reagan did his fairytale trickle down and found that of course there was not enough revenue- then taxes were raised on the middle class and that is when they started taxing social security benefits.
It appears they have the votes needed to pass both the senate and house and of course trump will sign with glee-
Last time we had a businessman and a republican held congress in thrall to the wealthy we saw the stock market crash of 29 and the subsequent great depression. I could see that happening again….
If the flooding in Houston and surrounding areas tell us anything, its that regulations are not only needed but important to have. Most of the newer subdivisions should never been allowed to happen as they sit at or below sea level and on known flood plains.
The chemical factory that today blew up as expected because of lack of ability to keep the needed cooling on should never been placed in a flood zone and NEVER allowed in a residential area.
Texas is known for its lack of regulations and they are now paying the price for that lack. It may take years to get the area back up and running and yet there are no regulations to prevent housing and factories being built up in the exact same places.
Those regulations are needed to keep people safe and at the same time prevent costly problems of rebuilding to a minimum. The storm couldn’t have been prevented but the loss of lives and costly rebuilding could have been avoided if only they had regulations in place.
I don’t know about anyone else but the daily ‘show’ from Trump and his administration and his daily twitter feed are exhausting to keep up with. Its tempting to just turn it all off and ignore it but then run the risk of not knowing what is going on. Never in all my life have I seen a president and his ‘minions’ act like this and as my grandchildren tell me- I am very old lol.
Every day its some new crisis and this time he is going down and everyone has ties to Russia but nothing ever happens. Personally I think this presidents administration is the most corrupt one ever seen in our modern history and the best that money can buy.
Of course the republicans in congress love this because it takes attention off of them while they quietly destroy our government for their own profit. They have quietly rolled back all regulations that are in place for our environment and banking and safety employee protections all under the claim that its to save us. The new healthcare bill is being written in secret with no input from majority of republicans and nothing from democrats.
So yes, its exhausting and depressing to watch this play out day after day. In less than 6 months this administration is destroying our country and counting on the majority of us to just give up and stop paying attention and that is what we can not do.
When the president declared he was getting out of the Paris agreement it was like a knife in our future not only as a country but as human survival. What is sad is that we already passed the tipping point and this is only a way to slow it down and prepare to deal with the consequences of humanities abuse of our earth- our home.
It no longer matters what you want to call it or who to blame but instead finding a way to slow down the coming changes and somehow find a way to survive what is coming. Instead our present administration is concerned only with finding a way for their crony corporations to profit off of the fossil fuels and dangerous chemicals and bottom line it is all about money.
So yes, it feels as if we are watching a slow march into a future where we humans will have caused our own demise and all to satisfy the greed of a few.
Trumps first foreign trip has been one embarrassing incident after another. His speech in Saudi Arabia with his fighting Islam and then his ‘got back from the middle east’ in Israel were at the start. His picture next to the pope where he is the only one smiling was sad but his actions in Brussel have turned out to be the worst.
He is filmed elbowing his way to the front for a picture and then his speech where the other members are rolling their eyes and laughing at his obvious lack of knowledge at how NATO works was bad enough but then he called Germany very evil because they sell their cars in our country and he says he will put a stop to that.
Yes this man is our president and unless something changes soon, we will have no allies and be in trade wars with most countries. This will not be good for our country but in reality there is nothing about the most corrupt administration that money can buy is good for our country.
In our country poverty has become a death sentence just like any 3rd world country. Sure, no one takes you out and actually murders you as it is more a slow ongoing process. If there was any question about this then the latest healthcare insurance fiasco that passed in the house should clear any doubts up. Our greatest enemy in our country is not a terrorist or even a crazed mentally ill person but instead our government in particular the republican party but the democrats have a share in what has and is being done.
Our infrastructure is crumbling and at the same time our corporations are posting highest ever profits and its been reported that at least 2 trillion dollars are offshored by the richest corporations. Billions is allocated for defense and yet the lower levels of the military qualify for food stamps and veterans are homeless on the streets and the recent bill put forth would have the military being charged for the GI bill. Healthcare for the poor- education for our children- needed employees for the government agencies that are to ensure our food, medicines and environment are all being gutted and in some places eliminated and yet we are the worlds wealthiest country. In fact 50 of the worlds wealthiest 85 people live in our country.
Our life expectancy was downgraded again this year as were maternal and infant deaths.
The only way this will change is when the 99% of Americans realize that its not only okay but necessary for our lives to once more tax the corporations and the wealthiest few as they were in the 50s and 60s. Will that happen? I am not sure that it will since we have some very brainwashed people in our country that actually believe that corporations and richest few shouldn’t be required to pay progressive high end taxation.
Like any other 3rd world country , poverty is a death sentence carried out by the government owned by the rich. We have the power to change this……