Day 20: Shell games

While we were all drinking ourselves into a painless stupor over the DeVos confirmation, Grand Oppressive Party minion Rep. Massie from Kentucky introduced legislation to abolish the Department of Education. As his reason for this action, Massie cited the idea that “unelected bureaucrats” shouldn’t be in charge of education.

Funny. That’s exactly what DeVos is: an unelected bureaucrat. It looks like we can again add “hypocrite” to the list of qualities required to be part of the Grand Oppressive Party. But even beyond this specific point it’s similar tactics that Trump and the Grand Oppressive Party are using to push their dangerous agendas. What is that tactic? Stir things up with a controversial thing and then, while everyone is looking in that direction introduce or attempt to do something truly insidious and hope no one catches it. This political shell game appears to be what the Trump Administration as run by Master Puppeteer Bannon is trying to run on America. Well, that and outright lies. Bowling Green, never forget.

We have to keep paying attention and we have to fight harder than ever. Also yesterday (last night, really)?¬† The Old White Guys of the Grand Oppressive Party told Elizabeth Warren to, effectively, sit down and shut up. When she didn’t? They pulled an obscure rule to force her into doing it.¬† But she still didn’t do it. Instead, she just went outside, turned on social media and spread her message anyway. We need to be like Liz: refuse to sit down and refuse to shut up.

Day 19: The day public education died.

Today, Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote and installed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. DeVos, an unqualified hack who doesn’t think kids with disabilities deserve an education and that guns in schools are just fine as well as that schools should be about Jesus is now in charge of public education. And she’s there because just one more Republican couldn’t do their job and listen to their constituents. Because one more Republican couldn’t divorce themselves from the buckets of money DeVos has thrown their way. Because one more Republican put their own interests in front of those of children. Possibly even their own children.

November 6, 2018. That’s the next midterm election. It’s time to fire some Republicans who declined to do their job and proved they care more about money than people.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cry some more about this tragedy. American kids, we’ve failed you.

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.

Day 17: Recalibration

I’ve had a couple of days away from this blog, but not because I haven’t been thinking and drafting in my head. I’ve been thinking and watching and trying to find the words, but every time I sit down to write I just want to rage. But rage is not why I’m here. Anger is not why i am investing my time and my energy and draining myself emotionally to keep up with this blog. I’m doing this to resist and to keep a record of the things going on under Dictator Trump. That means I’m acting as a citizen¬†journalist, not as an enraged and freaked out person.

It means that my angry and emotional vocabulary isn’t helping. It’s hurting. It’s hurting my message and it’s making me no better than the people who, before today, I would have called “ass clowns” trying to run this country into the ground.

Going forward I am going to do something that this administration refuses to do for anyone not whistling their tune: I’m going to be respectful. No more swearing, at least in regards to name calling. My thoughts are better formed than that and I want to be able to share them.

Tomorrow, back to business.