When Barack Obama solemnly took the oath of office on January 20th, 2009, the DOW was a 8,396 and the unemployment rate was nearing 8% with millions of jobs lost just the month before. The reputation of the United States abroad was severely compromised and the pallor of the nation was palpable. It took almost the bulk of his eight years in office, and some argue that it never found its footing, but under the dignified and thoughtful leadership of President Obama, the nation slowly regained the jobs and the reputation lost during The Great Recession.
Eight years later Donald Trump inherited a DOW Jones that was surging towards 20,000 and an employment rate of 4.6%. He proudly took credit for the momentum built over eight years of hard work and rebuilding, in effect being “born on third base and thought he hit a triple.” He spoke of ending the American…
“The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflection.”
— Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)
Paine’s line should resonate with former White House attorney Fred Fielding. As deputy and associate counsel to President Richard Nixon during Watergate, he witnessed the truly alarming spectacle of a president undermining the office’s integrity. Donald Trump must be giving Fred Fielding unpleasant flashbacks. All of Trump’s scandals – from Russia to his business conflicts – are on track to coalesce in the definitive crisis for American democracy.
I believe that Donald Trump, his Cabinet and administration, and his Republican enablers in Congress are a real and active threat to me, and to the people I love.
Trump says he won the election and wants us to “work together” to “Make America Great Again”.
This is my response:
•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years.
•I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.
•I will not “work together” to build a wall.
•I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.
•I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from other countries.
•I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
•I will not “work together” to help Trump use the Presidency to enrich himself.
•I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
•I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.
•I will not “work together” to enable the extinction of other species.
•I will not “work together” to remove the civil rights of other citizens.
•I will not “work together” to subvert our allies and the NATO Alliance.
•I will not “work together” to slash funds for public education.
•I will not “work together” to take essential public serves from people
who are poor.
•I will not “work together” to remove sensible guns control.
•I will not “work together” to drop the minimum wage.
•I will not “work together” to destroy the Unions.
•I will not “work together” to suppress and deny scientific fact.
•I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care
•I will not “work together” to increase the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
•I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.
•I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.
•I will not “work together” to normalize the vile and uninformed
views of the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists.
•I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.
•I will not “work together” to weaken food and drug safety.
•I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.
•I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.
• I will not “work together” to cut ethical oversight at any level of government.
•I will not “work together” impose a pipeline for the transport oil on
Sacred Ground for Native Americans.
•I will not “work together” together to promote the lie that American Democracy is as corrupt as a Russian Oligarchy.
This is our line and we draw it because words like “winning,” “being great again,” “rich” or even “beautiful” are meaningless when we scapegoat our fellow citizens and degrade our most cherished Democratic values and Institutions.
Patricia Rollins Trosclair
Andrea Dora Zysk
Rev. ELaura James Reid
Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey
Steven E Gordon
Maureen O. Betita
Fernie James Tamblin
Heather A Mayhew
Michael James Myers
Edward T. Spire
Dawn R. Dunbar
Mary V. Buck
T. Theresa Scarano
Glenda Dianne Walker
Carol A. Ray
Beverly Rupp Natale
Richard A. Lambert
Paul J. Michael
Laurie Grove Miller
Catherine A Forester
Mark Alexander Smith
Joy Faust McDougall
Nancy Ackerly Barton
Terence H. Winkless
Jenny Anne Horst-Martz
Jennifer J. White
Judy Dawkins Hitchens Bratt