Stay on it
5/5/2017, 9:12 p.m.
We have not mentioned the president’s nomination of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and the impact his lifetime appointment may have on the high court’s decisions for years to come.
Nor have we mentioned his appointments of former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general and Betsy DeVos as head of the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Sessions, who has called for a return to tougher policing policies and the war on drugs, already has put a temporary halt to the U.S. Justice Department’s pacts with 19 police departments to end police misconduct, abuses and killings of African-American men, women and children.
While Mr. Sessions calls it a temporary halt while his office reviews the pacts, he said it was necessary to ensure they do not work against the Trump administration’s goals of promoting officer safety and morale while fighting violent crime. His department is more interested in protecting the police than in protecting the citizens police are sworn to serve.
Mr. Sessions also rescinded an Obama-era order to reduce the use of privately operated prisons. Immediately after the announcement, the stock of private prison companies shot up, knowing their financial incentive to lock people up will be rewarded by the Trump government.
President Trump also has signed into law a bill allowing mining and oil companies to pay off foreign governments without disclosing those payments to the public.
All of this has been done in 100 days, when President Trump has cost the taxpayers millions of dollars for security as he flies to his Florida resort to play golf and to protect his wife and son, who still live in Trump Tower in New York.
He has failed to disclose his federal tax returns so that the American people can see whether he has business connections to the Russians and Vladimir Putin. The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee are investigating whether the Russian government colluded with the Trump campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
And he continues to bring the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust as he bullies and plays with North Korean madman Kim Jong-un.
As writer James Baldwin said, “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
We urge our readers not to let the magnitude of the nation’s problems and the results of the last 100 days to overwhelm you.
We must remain vigilant and remain educated about what is happening and continue to make calls and send emails — even if they are weekly — to our representatives in Congress to tell them how we expect them to vote on these critical measures.
In this first 100 days, we have seen the impact public engagement, protest and voice have had on members of Congress and initial attempts by the Trump administration and the GOP to eliminate Obamacare. Your voice is your weapon.
“People can cry much easier than they can change,” Mr. Baldwin also wrote.
This is not the time to sit and cry. We have 265 more days to get through this first year of Trump.
The Congressional Black Caucus has issued a guide, “What Did Trump Do? The First 100 Days, #Staywoke List.” We encourage people to read it. (https://cbc.house.gov/uploadedfiles/stay_woke_list.pdf)
The members of the CBC collectively represent 78 million Americans, 17 million of whom are African-American.
If we really want America to be great again, we owe it to ourselves to stay on it and stay on President Trump.