Day 37: Hate is not a Christian value

I had written a long, rant-like piece to post today about why I’m fed up with the people in my life who call themselves Christians, but voted for Trump, think undocumented immigrants should be deported, are anti-Muslim, and want to cut welfare, get rid of the ACA, and a whole host of other decidedly non-Christian things. But no one reads rants so I’ll make it pretty simple.

Jesus was a brown-skinned Middle Eastern man with the progressive idea that the poor should be cared for and all people have value. If Jesus were alive today not one damn one of you so-called Christians would treat him with respect, but you sure do like to invoke hate in his name. Because treating human beings like trash? That’s hate. Disrespecting people because they worship God differently? That’s hate. Actively going out of your way to make life more difficult for the needy? That’s hate. Supporting Donald Trump is an act of hate.  So if you call yourself a “Christian” but think Donald Trump is doing great things for America I strongly suggest you go back and read your Bible because hate is not a Christian value and you are not a Christian. You’re actively working against everything Jesus believed in.

Day 36: Liberty is under attack and her attacker is Donald Trump

I took a week off from this blog. The time off was not because things weren’t happening that should be recorded, but because there was way too much. I got overwhelmed and then I got numb. Things didn’t seem to be all that out of the ordinary. Things started settling into normal. It hit me today that this is not normal and that no matter what we as Americans can’t even for a millisecond accept any of the things coming out of Washington and the White Hous as normal. Today it became clear in no uncertain terms that liberty is under attack and her attacker is the President of the United States. Today, Donald Trump banned selected media outlets from attending a briefing today thus controlling who could report on what was going on. Those who were banned? Organizations that have been calling the President out for his lies and misbehavior. The White House, after spending weeks trying to discredit the media, just gave up and straight out cut them from the picture. At the same time, the White House was asked the FBI to dispute the reports regarding Russia and Trump’s involvement.

The President of the United States wants to control the media and at the same time wants the FBI to lie for him.

There is no giving Trump a chance. There is no trying to understand this. The man and his crew are openly attempting to dismantle the United States and take away our rights, starting with the First Amendment. Our freedoms are in trouble. We’re in trouble.

Day 28: Leaking

I was watching daytime television today and despite my multitasking and not really paying attention something that was said stuck out to me. A conservative-leaning host mentioned that they were concerned about the precedent that the leaks and the reported leak that intelligence agents have been withholding information from the President set. The liberal-leaning host brought up how telling it is that it appears not even the intelligence community trusts the President and that’s terrifying and that the leaks are a way to protect the idea of transparency in leadership, thus protecting the American people from a dictatorship. I stopped multitasking as I found myself agreeing with both of them, but more leaning on the side of the dangerous precedent this all could set.

To be clear I think that considering how dangerous Donald Trump is and how he has routinely disrespected the Presidency by not going to intelligence briefings and being lax with security it probably isn’t a bad idea that sensitive information is being withheld from him. I don’t feel like Trump can be trusted with sensitive information. Hell, he might hand it over to Russia for all we know. However on the flip side I can understand that that is a dangerous precedent. What if in the future there is a president that is more presidential and more responsible, one who is qualified for the job but that various members of the intelligence community have an axe to grind? It shouldn’t be okay for them to just withhold information just because.

So what’s the balance? There needs to be a clear and present reason why the President shouldn’t be given information. That needs to be the standard. I think that, maybe, this Russia debacle is that clear and present reason why Trump is being denied but even as we deal with this disaster and this threat we need to be on guard for well-meaning choices of today screwing over tomorrow.

Day 27: Well someone thinks they’re special.

Donald Trump filed papers to run for reelection on Inauguration Day. This Saturday he’s holding his first campaign rally.  The Trump White House is a mess right now. Flynn resigned, Conway could be in trouble regarding ethics over her advertising for Ivanka Trump, his pick for labor secretary withdrew because there was no way in hell he was getting confirmed, dangerously lax security at Mar-A-Lago…even various members of the Grand Oppressive Party are starting to see how much of a disaster Donald Trump is. Yet instead of actually attempting to govern and do the job he was unqualified for and yet got hired to do Trump is focused on his reelection. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hadn’t already booked his victory venue and given Putin a list of his enemies to hack.

Now, to be fair, preparing for reelection early on isn’t unheard of, but seriously, it’s not even 100 days into his first term. The Oval Office probably still has the stench of fresh paint and the Con Artist in Chief is already counting chickens. But of course, one could look at it this way: Trump may just be starting to figure out how damn unpopular he is already and that maybe, just maybe, the people he conned, manipulated, and lied to to get into office are starting to figure out they’ve been had.

And trust me when I say you don’t want to be around when that part of the population figures out they’ve been had. My family has roots in that world. And we don’t like being played for a fool.

Day 26: Russia Trouble

It’s starting to look like Trump and his ilk were far more deeply entangled with Russia than just the Michael Flynn fiasco. Now, to be fair, that’s something we’ve already kind of known for awhile, but in the wake of Flynn’s exposure the evidence against Trump being cozy with Russia and Russian intelligence before the election even is starting to stack up.

For those just tuning in or waking up and realizing that they made a massive mistake voting for Trump, Russia carried out cyber attacks related to the election. These attacks were targeted against Hillary Clinton and the DNC. As a part of the investigation into these attacks investigators are finding contact between Trump associates and Russian intelligence. During the campaign. Before the election. It is entirely possible that Trump’s people may have participated and colluded with the Russians in an attempt to influence the election. It’s also possible that it’s all a really messed up coincidence, but at any distance this is bad. Russia is not an American friend. I grew up at the end of the Cold War. I had a college friend who had horror stories about growing up in the USSR. If Trump is playing in Russian interests he’s not working towards ours. And he’s the President. Our interests are all he should care about.

It will be interesting to see how this house of cards falls.

Day 25: Mr. Miller, the President’s authority absolutely WILL be questioned.

The one Sunday I elect not to watch all the Sunday news programs and something really chilling happens. If you haven’t seen it or read about it yet, Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller was all over the place yesterday running his mouth like the misinformed authoritarian zealot he is. Mr. Miller seems to fundamentally be confused about how the government is set up and works. Specifically, it appears he slept through the lesson in ninth grade civics where we learned that the government has three branches and that those branches exist as a set of checks and balances. This means that despite Miller’s assertion that judges have gone wild, they’re just doing their job. More than that, though, Miller emphatically claims that the President’s authority will not be questioned.

It’s one of the very fundamental elements of our government that the President’s authority is constantly questioned. Someone please buy Mr. Miller a copy of the Constitution and highlight the pertinent parts.

The truly terrifying thing is not what he’s saying. We’ve been hearing some version and variation of that for a long time. What’s scary is how rabidly he believes it. Truly, Miller looked like he was about to start foaming at the mouth on a number of the programs he was shouting at people from. Trump is just a puppet for those he puts around him and this rabid dog of a dictator fanboy is a little too close.

In more positive news, however, Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, resigned today amid revelations of his more serious ties with Russia. I suppose it’s too much to hope that he might end up charged with sedition.

Day 24: Going numb

I spent a few days not writing much of substance for this blog. Frankly it was because I’ve gone a little numb to all of the things that Trump has been saying, doing, and the general disaster that I feel like our country is descending into. I haven’t really watched the news, instead choosing to read blogs on minimalism and look at cat memes. Tonight I mostly just watched live Tweets about the Grammys.

Tomorrow? I’ll wake up and try to reconnect to the world.