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This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 7

The first week done, and the Trump team is taking no break in trying to fundamentally change what it means to be American for the worse.  They are not resting and neither should we.

Trumps Actions Today:

Trump’s blatant over the top corruption has gotten our democracy rating downgraded…  I mean…damn.

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U.S. Border agents are forcing Muslim AMERICAN CITIZENS to hand over their social media accounts, and phone passwords.

In this day and age is there anything more personal than forcing someone to give you their phone so you can look through all their texts/pictures/etc?  Horrific.  (ps.  this policy started under Obama, and was only for non-american citizens, but Trump is now using it on American’s, thanks Obama)

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Every lie has a reason.  Trump’s lies about illegal immigrants voting for Clinton are so that he can use Republican style voter rules on a national level…but oh look, he only seems to be targeting blue states.  This is a serious threat to democracy here.  When you take away peoples ability to make change through peaceful voting they start taking other less peaceful options to make change.  As MLK said, in the final analysis the language of riots is the language of a population not being heard.

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The keystone pipeline would only create 35 permanent jobs.  Don’t believe the lies.

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Everyone likes hypocrisy right?  Like the fact that the Tump’s clothing is made overseas, even though they went on and on about American jobs being more important, their entire team seems to have private emails, even though they all got mad at Hillary for that.

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Trump had said he wouldn’t make new deals, he is making new deals.  In fact as a general rule every thing he says should be considered a promise to do the opposite.

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Even Trump’s cabinet picks are raging misogynists.   His pick for budget secretary didn’t pay taxes on the nanny because he didn’t consider it “real work.”  Sleazy, tax dodging, and women hating…The trifecta!

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In his first interview, Donald Trump lets us all know that he lives in an alternate reality, with alternate facts.  Also known as bullshit ideas, with bullshit information to back them up.

Watch him claim torture works, watch him lie endlessly, watch him state that he is going to violate the constitution.  Watch him crank the insane all the way up.

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Here is what the resistance has been up to.  They need your help!

 

Congress is trying to take the ability to start instant nuclear war away from Trump.  Because people like him shouldn’t ever be given thermonuclear weapons…perhaps a call to your congress people is in order to help them support this bill.

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Who knew it would be the park service that starts the resistance to trump in the government!  Death valley has joined with the Bad Lands, and now NASA,  to fight trump with science and historically accurate facts!  Re-tweet them, share them on facebook, go visit the parks!  Call them up and tell them how much you love what they are doing.

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A giant “RESIST” banner has been hung outside the white house.  Thanks green peace, I hope your agents got away clean and are not facing punitive lawsuits from the Trump cronies.

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Not to be left out, scientists and LGBT folks are also planning huge protest marches!  Nothing would make me happier than to see a protest outside the Whitehorse every single day of Trumps term.

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Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?  Call your Senator, and your House Rep. and tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.

 

This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 6

We are nearing the first week, and the Trump destruction machine only seems to be speeding up. If you are reading this and shaking your head in sorrow, welcome to the resistance. We need your help, get informed, then call your senator and representative, go to town hall meetings, hell even run for office! This is NOT OK, and this is NOT NORMAL! I am also starting a new section for resistance! Its not enough to only know what Trump is doing to ruin this country, I think its important to keep track of how people are fighting him.

Here is what Trump and his sycophants are destroying today:

The USDA, EPA, Department of the Interior (who by the way were shut down because they had the audacity to state a blatant fact, no one went to Trumps jingo filled inauguration), hell even the parks service, have all been gagged.  Unable to continue talking to the public, unable to tweet, to use facebook, to release press releases, all because trump is afraid that they might say something that contradicts the grand leader.

This also means they can’t continue to share the vital work that we the tax payers pay them to do.  These organizations do a lot to keep us safe, to keep our industries and farmers competitive, and to protect our land,  if they can’t share those finding with us, they are not providing full value to us as citizens.  To put it another way, Trump is fucking us over in ever more Orwellian ways, both our freedom and financially.

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They are rounding up journalists and charging them with rioting because they covered the anti-trump violence after the inauguration.  Can you think of a more fascist thing to do than to jail journalists for covering a riot against power?  For a long time people talked about Obama like he was the devil, using words like Fascist, Nazi, etc.

Mostly I think to dull us to the real meaning of these words, when you lock up reporters for reporting on things you don’t like, that is Fascism.  When you lie straight to the public, when you blame “illegals” for your loss in the popular vote, when government religion and big business all ride in the same car, THAT IS FASCISM  this is fascism, this is how it starts, we can’t let it get a foot hold in the American political system.

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Ignoring the will of millions upon millions of American citizens, Trump has decided to move forward with the Keystone XL and DAPL pipeline.  Both projects had been effectively killed after a massive public outcry.  Could it have anything to do with the fact that he and members of his cabinet are heavily invested in these earth killing projects?  Could it be that the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners gave Trump millions?

This is raw bribery and insider trading.  Martha Stewart went to jail for this.  This is some Silvio Berlusconi tin pot dictator shit.  This is embarrassing that the congress has not already started the impeachment hearings.  I think any patriotism left in them has been purchased and placed in an offshore tax haven by the same big money interests that are running the Trump administration.

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Who knows how long you will be able to read this website.  I can’t afford to pay the money it would take to compete in a world in which net neutrality doesn’t exist.  That world might be around much longer, as the new head of the FCC thinks that big companies should be able to pay money so that their websites are faster, are more popular, and crowd out the little guy.  This will have destructive effects on free speech, but it will also fundamentally shift the economic power of the internet into the hands of just a few.  This is the tech version of Walmart coming into a town and crushing all the mom and pop stores, only to leave a giant mega store behind that sells cheap crap, and pays starvation wages.

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Stop me if you have heard this one before, Putin, Clinton, Bush, and Obama start a bunch of wars in the middle east, killing millions, and then when the millions of refugees flee the region, guess who bans them from entering the country….give up….its Trump!  Oh yea he is also going to waste a bunch of our money on that wall too.  Not only is illegal immigration the lowest its been in a long time.  People were not crossing the border to get here!  They were over staying their visas.  Pay attention, they will do nothing to solve this particular problem, because big companies and big farm like having cheap labor.  The wall will also stop people from going back home, causing more undocumented people to stay here.

Fascists need an “other.”  Without the other you can’t blame all your poor management on anyone, but the problem is that the other is never enough, you have to add more and more people into that group.  Hitler did it with the Jews, minorities, Roma, gays, etc.  Trump has already started on the Mexicans and the Muslims…is the group you are a part of next?

If you read closely you can’t help but wonder if Trumps defunding of so called “sanctuary” cities, and massive money influx to the INS is the precursor to a kind of deportation police.  Do you really want to see American brown shirts in the streets rounding people up?  Is this the country you want to live in?

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Trump still hasn’t divested from his business.

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Here is how others are fighting back!:

One of the main reasons we are in this shit storm, is that the same big money interests that pay republicans to do vile shit, pay democrats to put up with it.  It’s time to get the democratic party back into the hands of the working class.  It’s time to have two parties in opposition again.  Which is why its exciting that there is the Justice Democrats!  Go sign up on their website and get involved.

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Take away our twitter for sharing facts about global warming?  Fuck you Trump, we will keep tweeting anyway!  These brave park officials will not let the government censor boring scientific facts, because if we can’t even get boring scientific facts into the public sphere we are in big trouble indeed.

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If you are going to claim 2-3 million people voted illegally, then obviously we need to re-do the election!  Call Trump on his bullshit, every, single, time.  Trump is upset when he gets negative press, because he is a full blown self involved narcissist. We have to hold him to account, and do so publicly so his fragile little ego is crushed.  Never has a person had such thin skin been in charge of so much.  He must leave office knowing that every single american despises him and his actions.  Call up your local news agency every time they run a true hard hitting report on Trump, praise them for their bravery, buy their paper, share them on social media.  We have to support the organizations willing to tell truth to power.

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Even alumni from her own school don’t trust Betsy DeVos to be the secretary of education.  Maybe when you call your senator you can share this story with them.  This what a bunch of people getting together to make change looks like!  Look around you, do you think you could round up a group of like minded folks to go get something positive done?

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Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?  Call your Senator, and your House Rep. and tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.

 

This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 5

Its been five days, and I still can’t believe how much damage has been done already.  Here is what you should be complaining to your senators and representatives about today.

Trumps INSANELY unqualified cabinet is starting to get approved by the senate.  CIA director Mike Pompeo (who wants to increase the governments ability to spy on you) got approved, here is how the Senate Voted, do you see your senator voting for this guy?  Maybe you should give them a call and tell them you are not happy with them approving such an unqualified individual for this post.

I am really disappointed in the 14 Democrats that voted to confirm.

The 66-32 roll call Monday by which the Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

A “yes” vote is a vote to confirm the nomination.

Voting yes were 14 Democrats, 51 Republicans and 1 independent.

Voting no were 30 Democrats, 1 Republican and 1 independent.

Democrats Yes

Donnelly, Ind.; Feinstein, Calif.; Hassan, N.H.; Heitkamp, N.D.; Kaine, Va.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Manchin, W.V.; McCaskill, Mo.; Reed, R.I.; Schatz, Hawaii; Schumer, N.Y.; Shaheen, N.H.; Warner, Va.; Whitehouse, R.I.

Democrats No

Baldwin, Wis.; Bennet, Colo.; Booker, N.J.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Carper, Del.; Casey, Pa.; Coons, Del.; Cortez Masto, Nev.; Duckworth, Ill.; Durbin, Ill.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Harris, Calif.; Heinrich, N.M.; Hirono, Hawaii; Leahy, Vt.; Markey, Mass.; Menendez, N.J.; Merkley, Ore.; Murray, Wash.; Nelson, Fla.; Peters, Mich.; Stabenow, Mich.; Tester, Mont.; Udall, N.M.; Van Hollen, Md.; Warren, Mass.; Wyden, Ore.

Democrats Not Voting

Blumenthal, Conn.; Murphy, Conn.

Republicans Yes

Alexander, Tenn.; Barrasso, Wyo.; Blunt, Mo.; Boozman, Ark.; Burr, N.C.; Capito, W.V.; Cassidy, La.; Cochran, Miss.; Collins, Maine; Corker, Tenn.; Cornyn, Texas; Cotton, Ark.; Crapo, Idaho; Cruz, Texas; Daines, Mont.; Enzi, Wyo.; Ernst, Iowa; Fischer, Neb.; Flake, Ariz.; Gardner, Colo.; Graham, S.C.; Grassley, Iowa; Hatch, Utah; Heller, Nev.; Hoeven, N.D.; Inhofe, Okla.; Isakson, Ga.; Johnson, Wis.; Kennedy, La.; Lankford, Okla.; Lee, Utah; McCain, Ariz.; McConnell, Ky.; Moran, Kan.; Murkowski, Alaska; Perdue, Ga.; Portman, Ohio; Risch, Idaho; Roberts, Kan.; Rounds, S.D.; Rubio, Fla.; Sasse, Neb.; Scott, S.C.; Sessions, Ala.; Shelby, Ala.; Sullivan, Alaska; Thune, S.D.; Tillis, N.C.; Toomey, Pa.; Wicker, Miss.; Young, Ind.

Republicans No

Paul, Ky.

Independents Yes

King, Maine.

Independents No

Sanders, Vt.

Now might be a good time to call your senator and tell them you don’t want them approving any more unqualified hacks for cabinet positions, especially now that Rex Tillerson the CEO of Exxon Mobile has made it out of committee and is about to be voted on by the entire senate.

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Trump’s Ego just wont let him stop lying about the popular vote total.  He just can’t handle that he was beaten by almost 3 million votes.  He keeps claiming that there were millions of illegal votes.  Not only is this totally false, but he keeps blaming immigrants for this.  He is fomenting racial hatred, and blaming the “other” classic signs of fascism.  This is not OK, and not normal.  He can’t even win gracefully.

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Trump has stopped foreign aid money to group that provide abortion services, even if they also provide a lot of other good health care.  Family planning is vital to developing countries, and this movie will only result in more harm to women around the world. Ironically when these  sorts of clinics are closed, it tends to lead to an uptick in abortions, because now women and men don’t have access to contraceptive.  Bad policy, built on faulty logic, data shows it doesn’t work….TRUMP!

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The white house shut down the comment line, telling people to go to facebook instead, but has yet to set up a facebook account….ignoring the public is another bad sign of a dictator in the making.  Call your representatives instead, they are up for election soon, and will be a lot more interested in hearing how much you don’t want them working with this man.

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Trump has begun to bring paid lackeys to speeches he gives to make it seem like he is more popular than he is.  He did it at his press conference, and now he is doing it as president.  This is the kind of shit dictators like the leader of North Korea pull, not the kind of thing the American President does.  This is how you slowly slide into a strong man dictatorship.

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Donald Trump continues to violate the constitution by taking payments from foreign agents.

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You’re calls might be working!  Betsy DeVos is having trouble getting approved!  Keep it up!

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The EPA has been ordered to freeze its grants and told its employee’s not to talk about it…we can not lose the EPA to this monster.

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Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?  Call your Senator, and your House Rep. and tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.

 

 

This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 4

Day 4 and somehow Trump can’t seem to do a single thing without setting some sort of horrible precedent.  It’s almost as if his crony billionaire friends want to carve up and sell this country off so they can make a short term profit, and all the poor people, and all the people of the future can go fuck themselves.  Well I for one wont stand for that!

Here is what you should be talking to your senators and representatives about today.

Donald trump is in violation of the constitution, which is what an upcoming lawsuit will show in great detail.  The guy who made such a big deal about how great America was, doesn’t want to follow our highers rule of law.

A team of prominent constitutional scholars, Supreme Court litigators and former White House ethics lawyers intends to file a lawsuit Monday morning alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other business operations to accept payments from foreign governments.

The lawsuit is among a barrage of legal actions against the Trump administration that have been initiated or are being planned by major liberal advocacy organizations. Such suits are among the few outlets they have to challenge the administration now that Republicans are in control of the government.

In the new case, the lawyers argue that a provision in the Constitution known as the Emoluments Clause bans payments from foreign powers like the ones to Mr. Trump’s companies. They cite fears among the framers of the Constitution that United States officials could be corrupted by gifts or payments.

The suit, which will not seek any monetary damages, will ask a federal court in New York to order Mr. Trump to stop taking payments from foreign government entities. Such payments, it says, include those from patrons at Trump hotels and golf courses; loans for his office buildings from certain banks controlled by foreign governments; and leases with tenants like the Abu Dhabi tourism office, a government enterprise.

Get that…they don’t want to make any money they just want to make sure our PRESIDENT the highest elected official in the land, is following our constitution.  When you have to sue someone into following the highest law in the land its not a good sign.  He is clearly guilty, and it will be interesting to see if justice still functions in Trumps America ™.

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In other great news, the largest protest in American history, the women’s march, was peaceful, and effective!  Click here for some awesome pictures of MILLIONS of people protesting against Trump.  This IS what Democracy looks like!

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Do you live in Senator McCaine’s, or Lindsay Grahm’s District?  Now might be a good time to call them up and tell them that under no uncertain terms should they vote to approve CEO of Exxon Mobil Rex Tillerson as head of the state department.  Why in the world would we appoint the CEO of an evil giant oil company to lead our diplomatic department?  I am sure it has nothing to do with the half a trillion dollar deal that Exxon was about to do with Russia right before we put sanctions on them.  Or the fact that as head of the State Department Rex can get his oil buddies rich by pressuring companies all over the world to drill for more climate destroying oil.  Call your senator on this NOW and make sure they know that you don’t want a cronny capitalist from Exxon being the diplomatic face of the USA.

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That executive order Trump singed in his first hours in office is starting to fuck up Obamacare for people already….he is literally already ruining lives, and has been in office 4 days.  Your Representative needs to know you are not ok with this.

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Seems that cervical cancer is more serious than we thought, now is no time to defund Planned Parenthood and the ACA, as both are key tools we use to keep women healthy and alive.  Cancer screenings is one of the largest service provided by Planned Parenthood.  Don’t let the Trump Crony’s destroy these tools that keep women alive and healthy.

In case you are not familiar with Planned Parenthood’s history, check this out.

 

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Trump has left literally hundreds of government positions open, mostly so that he can create a sense of urgency so that he can ram through them all without much review.  Create a crisis, then solve the crisis by pushing all through right away.

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Oh by the way, if you ever thought he would release his taxes…think again.  He is giving a giant middle finger to the entire american public by keeping these secret.  We need to pass laws making the release of this kind of financial data mandatory, mean while if some brave person in the IRS wants to leak them to the public….

Call your senator DEMANDING the release of this information, how can we possibly know if Trump has conflicts of interest if we don’t see his taxes.

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Never too early to get ready for the next protest!  April 15th clear your calendar!  The march is to get him to release his taxes.  So its worth the effort.

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Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?  Call your Senator, and your House Rep. and tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.

 

 

This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 3

Its the third day of Trumps quest to destroy america here is what you should be complaining to your congress person about today:

The first press conference was a parade of lies, mostly centered around how his ego was bruised by the fact that his inauguration was boycotted by most everyone.

see for yourself (statement starts at 1:33 mark).  These press conferences apparently now have full visual aids.  Donald, no one wanted to go to your inauguration because you are historically unpopular!

Just so you know, this was not the first year the floor coverings were used, no metal detectors were used, the subway numbers, the tv ratings, and pretty much everything else he said is a verifiable lie.  We have the internet now guys, you can’t just lie your ass off and have no one notice.  This is not just lies, its propaganda. Designed to re-write history and set a tone with the press.

The great leader must appear at all times like a strong man, with the full support of the people, don’t pay attention to the low numbers, don’t look at the massive protests…don’t buy the hype people.  This is a tin pot dictator in the making, we must not make this normal.

The French have been having a hard time translating trump, mostly because he has a 4th grade vocabulary, and its hard to cram that kind of stupidity into a beautiful language like french.

Just remember this is not OK, this is not normal! We must fight this every single day of his presidency.

And fight him we shall!  The Women’s march against Trump is the LARGEST PROTEST IN US HISTORY!  Somewhere between 3 and 5 million people!  FUCK YOU TRUMP.  We will fight you, and you will lose.

Here are some pictures from the Boston Women’s March.

 

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Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?  Call your Senator, and your House Rep. and tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.