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 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 18: Dump DeVos

Betsy DeVos goes for confirmation vote tomorrow. Tonight, Democratic senators are spending a full 24 hours straight speaking against DeVos right on the Senate floor in an attempt to sway just one more Republican senator to vote no. Right now, the Senate is split 50-50 in their pledged votes. A tie vote would mean that Vice President Pence would cast the deciding vote and ensure that DeVos, an ill-qualified lobbyist with no background, education, or seemingly basic understanding of teaching and schools, is confirmed as Secretary of Education.

Getting that final “no” vote from the Republican camp is a tall order. DeVos is an obvious bad fit for education, but it’s likely that many Republicans feel like they have to confirm her to stay in the good graces of the President and the rest of the Grand Oppressive Party. Unfortunately, that means that these senators are more concerned about their own interests than those of the people who elected them. Here is to hoping that despite tomorrow’s vote outcome voters remember how their elected officials threw (or attempted to throw) children and education under the wheels of their ambition busses.

I’m still crossing my fingers that sanity prevails and some noble, decent Republican stands up and votes no. The education of my son and all of America’s children depend on one person doing the right thing in the face of an administration that wouldn’t know the right thing if it decided to bite them on the nose.