President Trump has been in office for two months now, and the 115th Congress, controlled by conservative, purist, true-believer Republicans in both houses, has been acting like a kid with a hand in the cookie jar, knowing no one else would be home for a while. Everything the conservative reactionaries to modern society think they want, they are in the process of taking.

They are hobbling agencies they don’t like, killing programs that irritate them or they don’t believe in. And they are in the process of taking rights from those they love to loathe.  And anyone who reminds them of those people. Currently that means travel rights from Muslims, even those who have spent years earning those rights. And it means bathroom rights from trans individuals. And anyone who looks Muslim or Trans or Gay, etc. are also suspect.

They are in the process of cutting or curbing every agency responsible for helping citizens secure the rights due them. They are attacking the Dept. of Education and challenging the right to a public education, a principle almost as old as this nation.  They are challenging scientific standards in making decisions that affect the environment and the health of us all.

Basically, they are dismantling many of the programs and principles that have been the basis of modern society for most of my life. And longer when you consider the right to a public education.

It is frightening to think of where all of this could go. It is mindboggling that we are taking apart every principle of caring for our neighbor, for those who need help her and there in their lives.  Are we going to abandon every shred of caring and compassion we have developed over many years and through many difficult struggles?

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2 Comments

  1. April 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I have a friend that is a writer, he is working on a fictional novel that could end up being prophesy, on how the republican gains even more power during the midterm election and 2020 election, then pushes through a constitutional amendment that does away with every amendment since 1830 that gave any civil rights to anyone including blacks and women. The new amendment in his story takes the rights away from women and minorities, blocks states from giving them on their own. Women return to being just property of their husbands or fathers. Restricting women from holding jobs in office and work, that put them over men. In his story line, those in congress and other state offices had to be replaced by their husbands or someone the governor of that state appointed if they were single. It is kind of a scary story line.

  2. April 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, but that sounds a little like The Handmaid’s Tale. I hope, in the end, that your friend’s story becomes only a thought provoking dystopian novel
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