My troll observed recently: “After 3 years of the Trump administration my personal life hasn't changed that much . . .”` And that illustrates to me the significant complacent faction of our society that I consider a major threat to any form of meaningful social improvement.
My own personal life hasn’t changed much either since Donald took office—other than the mental distress with which he has burdened me via his blatant display of self-consumption of everyone else’s future. And while suffering no deleterious consequences, within my personal arm’s reach, from Donald’s daily blundering and ongoing ill-will initiatives, I still am in no way conveniently blinded to the plight of others.
These others include the victims (including their families and friends) of the endless mass shootings encouraged by the words and non-action of a white supremacist president, his sleeping companion the NRA and a lap-dog U.S. Senate. Same pretty much goes for the opioid epidemic. In the U.S. since 1999, more than 400,000 have died from over-doses of pain-killers, heroin and illegal fentanyl.
And how about the continued assault on women’s sexual and reproductive freedoms? Men with ready access to viagra and vasectomies voting in high places against female birth-control pills and abortions.
The lives of innumerable Hispanics have been sorely disrupted by Trump—and not just families separated and interned in concentration camps at our southern border. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is rounding up even people who have lived quiet lives for up to 20 years within our country without citizenship papers—and deporting them.
Consider common-law marriage—also known as "sui iuris" marriage, informal marriage, marriage by habit and repute, or marriage in fact—a legal framework in a limited number of jurisdictions where a couple is legally considered married, without having formally registered their relation as a civil or religious marriage. Something of this sort surely could be worked out for long-term uncertified residents.
Those are just a few of the things about which I refuse to blunder along in personal complacency of the moment. It doesn’t even begin to consider the extended results of global warming—pollution, disease, scarcity of water (and food), etc.—that will face our children and our children’s children.
This is all why I detest self-centered complacency. Things are deteriorating every day under Donald and his minions. Tax cuts for the wealthy, a runaway military budget and destruction of a virtuous social conscience certainly should not be inspiring complacency.
AMONG DONALD’S EMPOWERED MINIONS are some who don’t realize I’m the wrong guy to have on their mailing lists. One such is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). HIs Aug. l6 campaign email read: “Just before I left Washington to return home to South Carolina, the United States Senate confirmed 13 more of President Trump’s judicial nominees! During Donald J. Trump’s presidency there have been 146 conservative judges confirmed to our courts with lifetime appointments—an historic achievement.
“As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee I am incredibly proud of the progress we have made in confirming conservative judicial nominees to the federal courts. As I told Sean Hannity in December, my top priority as chairman is ‘judges, judges, and more judges!’. . .”
And here’s another bit from Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate majority leader. He has been blocking floor votes on all manner of bills presented by the House of Representatives—such as House bills involving protection of our voting system from Russian cyber-hacking, for background checks on gun-buyers.
“President Trump and I are transforming the courts for a generation. Stopping President Obama from filling Justice Scalia’s seat then putting both Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh on the bench literally saved the Supreme Court for conservatives.”
Gone are the days, I guess, when the law (and judges) were championed as being unbiased. I have a troll who will say that Democrats do the same thing. But Democrats actually remain tuned to a more traditional altruistic wave-length. I don’t recall any of them strutting about boasting of the liberalism of newly appointed federal judges.
The Mitch McConnell pitch included an “own a piece of history” offer. A t-shirt emblazoned with “back-to-back” profiles of Trump and McConnell as “Supreme court CHAMPS.” The sleeves read “Gorsuch” and “Kavanaugh.” So control of the courts is now some sort of “game” in Republican eyes?
Meanwhile, there are obviously GOP ghouls in D.C. who don’t join me in praying for ailing 86-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
JUST THINK—One of the world’s least-desirable jobs: Donald Trump’s hair-dresser.
AND HERE FOR EASY BROWSING is a 13-page compilation of some of Donald’s more flagrant lies back to 2015: https://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/statements/byruling/false/