Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|This week, according to MSNBC and CNN, has been extraordinarily disrupted at the White House. At the same time, the Republicans continue to dismantle the work done over the last 60 years to level the playing field for everyone, reducing advantage for those with a lot, and increasing advantage for those with little: the labor law that requires employees who benefit from union activities to pay dues is about to be dismantled in the Supreme Court. Bears Ears National Monument has been shrunken to allow for mineral exploration against the wishes of the people most affected: Native Americans who hold the area to be spiritually important, and the people of Utah, as well as everyone who sees dependence on carbon-based fuels as leading to our doom as a species. This is just one example of the many plans and choices made to give Mother Earth a chance to thrive without letting her most influential species destroy ourselves are being decimated. Choices that will impact generations to come, such as the national debt and international relationships have been made without listening to those who will pay the bill. Despite almost unanimous (98% by some polls) desire for gun control, the President is taking his direction from the NRA leadership. I find it all very distressing, as does, apparently, President Trump:
As another friend abandons me
My heart burns hot with tragedy.
It used to burn with simple greed
but now I face another need.
I wish that I, as President
could cloak my friends with armament.
I hated it when Michael left.
It felt real bad when Bannon went.
Now, the worst of all for me
is watching Hope abandon me.
I keep hoping, though, that the Meuller probe will lead to changing all of this but my hope is weakening. I don't really know what the President feels. I hope he is learning in a way that will help him make a few reasonable decisions that will have a positive impact on us all.