Resistance is power
2/4/2017, 3:18 p.m.
Since taking office two weeks ago, President Donald Trump has proven day in and day out why he is unfit to hold office.
Since Jan. 20, he has thrown America into a state of chaos with half-baked executive orders and other actions that:
• Trapped permanent U.S. residents, including students, researchers and workers, in airports across the nation, denying them entry into the United States, and barring people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — all largely Muslim nations — for 90 days;
• Shut down the free flow of information to the public from numerous federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service;
• Placed his chief political strategist, right wing racist Steve Bannon of Richmond, on the National Security Council’s Principals Committee while ousting as regular members two of the country’s most senior intelligence and military officials — the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff;
• Threated to cut off federal funding to “sanctuary cities” across the nation that refuse to turn over undocumented immigrants for deportation;
• Named nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court and his cabinet who have no clear understanding or desire to uphold current law in areas of education, health care and women’s reproductive rights, among others;
• Began dismantling the Affordable Care Act, which provides health insurance coverage for more than 20 million people;
• Enabled construction to restart on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, potentially causing irreparable harm to the environment, waterways and sacred Native American land;
• Cut off federal funding to women’s health organizations in the United States and worldwide, including Planned Parenthood, because they fund abortions;
• Proclaimed the week of Jan. 22 as National School Choice Week, the first time a president has saluted a week sponsored by a coalition of charter, magnet, private, online and home schools, all without regard for or mention of public schools.
On top of that, President Trump held a photo op Wednesday, Feb. 1, for Black History Month, where his vacuous statements about “the African-Americans” — not “the blacks” this time — showed once again he is as devoid of knowledge about our community and our history as he is about running a country.
Give him a chance, his supporters say.
Give him a chance to do what?
Run the country into the ground?
Our message to people around the United States and the globe: Continue to protest.
To Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and other members of Congress — keep applying the brakes to the Trump train.
Make your voices heard.
Resistance is the ultimate power.