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Personal Reflections On Women's March In Washington


      Since the election I have been struggling with more than a sense of disappointment. The turmoil is formed from outrage that a man so undeserving, bested the better WOMAN candidate. Outrage that even beyond the lies and relentless assault on her character, was the judgment of the men's club. Critical of Madam Secretary's shrill voice, her laugh, her ambition, her aggression, her courage, her knowledge, her accomplishments, her power, her looks, all a source of derision and resentment by many men and some women. None of these characteristics are failings in men - only in women.It was sheer joy to see thousands of fathers with their daughters and generations of families. It is our duty to hand off to them the future they deserve.

      Anger that for years we have been bombarded with the moral failings of Hillary. Unfounded, but nonetheless a relentless assault using our own government's resources to keep her down. The outrage of seeing men get away with torturing her with endless investigations and hearings only to have them proved false, and watch as they come at her from a different angle. These paragons of morality then turned around and supported a man with so many failings one feels inadequate trying to list them all. The hypocrisy is so glaring I think anyone would be ashamed to even participate in it. Yet they did.

      Overlying all of this turmoil is another one. One even bigger than the hypocrisy, unfairness, illegal use of our government sources to defeat an opposing candidate. The election was rigged. Not just rigged by Koch and their political machine and voter suppression, but by an outside enemy government. The man who won the presidency was conspiring with the oil and gas industry and Russia to win.

      In my heart, I believe that the voting count is wrong and was manipulated to make Trump the winner. If we held a recount, I do not believe he would come close to winning. The propaganda portion is easy to sort out. WikiLeaks has only used its information to hurt our government and to stop the candidate they knew would keep their ambitions and greed in check. The candidate with the moral fortitude to deny greed to dictate our public policy. Russia's participation is obvious. What was not obvious was Donald Trump's and the FBI's & GOP's participation in the treason.

      I'm mad as hell. I'm not going to get over it. I'm not going to accept the outcome. I'm not ever going to accept Trump. I'm not going to go along with the GOP's willingness to bend over for every special interest group who wants to shred our nation's safety nets, pillage our tax dollars and undermine our schools.

      Traveling cross country was worth it because it helps knowing that I am not alone. I am not the only one who sees the struggles before us.

      Yesterday, after the march, I visited Arlington Cemetery to remind myself that it is our duty to fight back. To not do so dishonors those who died for our way of life. No traitorous, insecure, immoral, contemptible, misogynistic, draft dodging fat toad with dyed hair and little fat hands is going to take it from us or give it away to the highest bidder.

      It was enormously uplifting knowing how many people around the world feel the same way, and knowing we will put our resources behind making sure that the people of not just America, but of the world have a voice, and have power.

      One of my biggest challenges is dealing with the hatred I feel towards those who have allowed this to happen, disgust with Trump's supporters who are weak and gullible and swallow the swill poured over them by the enemy day after day.

      I'm determined to turn these strong emotions into actions to protect our children, our Democracy and against my nation's enemies and their pathetic blind minions. I'm a progressive American woman, it's what we do.


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      Women's Marches - Your Local Sister Marches


          OK...this thread is for all who could not, for whatever reason, be in Washington, and were part of the support on the homefront for your sister (and brothers) in Washington. I would like for everyone here who was at a march in their hometown to tell us about it here. Please end your story with your city, and the estimated number of marchers as I did with this lead post.

          I made a decision early on, that I could not do Washington. I wanted to. In a way, I'm glad I didn't...because I had a chance, working on our March, as a volunteer, in Raleigh, NC - to work with a group of dynamic women and a couple of men...that I would not have had the opportunity to - had I gone to Washington instead.

          I was a bit of a latecomer to this, Raleigh's march started getting organized in December. I was still in a state of depression over the election. Working on our March, as I did, beginning in the new year...gave me a vehicle to channel my energy and my frustration, and made me feel like I had power again. It brought me out of depression. I had something to fight FOR!!

          I showed up...at Pullen Baptist, and told the organizers: Put me to work! And they did. I was on the Arts Committee, led by an incredible and wonderful woman named Shana. We made hand-made posters, we also had some posters professionally printed. We made turquiose sashes. We cut these and put them together out of a bolt of fabric which was donated. We had decided our official color was to be turquoise. We hand-lettered the sashes "Women Mobilize NC" on one side. The other side was left blank for people to personalize, with letters, buttons, whatever they wanted. The back of mine read "Equality."

          There were, as I heard, half a million in Washhington. That is awesome. There were some 660 sister mmarches in cities across America and around the world...on all seven continents...yes, even ANTARCTICA had a march!

          Our march, and all the other marches...took place on what was already a very special day for me. To the day, it was twenty years since I had become my true self, full-time. And I speant that special day...with and around the most loving, awesome wonderful, supportive and accepting people possible!

          I did not even get to march with the other marchers, as I was a march-day volunteer...one of about fifty who were charged with making sure the event came off smoothly. And word of my annniversary started to sread, first ammong the volunteers, and then among just other marchers...many of whom already knew me from the anti-HB-2 rallies and so on. I was hugged, I was loved, I was wished well. I was congratulated on twenty years as my true self. I was given a pu$$y hat.

          I never would have imagined...when I first started living my true self...that twenty years laterm I would know such love and support and acceptance from so many...these things were in short supply when I first became Angela to the rest of the world.

          I started out my morning at 8AM, at City Plaza, in Raleigh. We were expecting, at the last I had heard, about 5,000. By 8:30 it was clear we had exceeded this. Then I got word that in the past few days, our expected number had grown to 9,300.

          Raleigh Police later confirmed 17,000!!

          After completing my tasks in City Plaza, which involved handng out the turquoise sashes, which I and many others had helped to hand-make...and posters, some of which were printed, and others hand-made...and handing out pledge cards...for people to pledge actions to take (they got to keep these cards, they did not have to turn them in to anyone) - I went from City Plaza, where the March began...to Moore Square, where it ended.

          I arrived at Moore Square a scant three minutes ahead of the Marchers, as planned. (Actually, I had planned to be there twenty minutes ahead...but the important thing was that I DID get there ahead, and in enough time to assume my station.) I womanned the "I Stand For" board, where people could write down what they stood for. Some of the things I saw were:

          Art, science, equal rights, healthy food, healthcare for all, women's rights, disabled students, Musims, Latinas, trans rights, same-sex marriage, kindness, decency, equality...it was an amazing thing to watch this board organically grow with all the good and wonderful things people were these standing for!

          One kid had written "I hate Donald Trump" and before I had a chance to even say anything, his mother had chided him, saying that this was not about hate...and encouraged him to write something that he stood for that he felt Donald Trump did not. He wrote "No bullying."

          Just an incredible experience.

          Cannot count how many timmes I was thanked for what I was doing...and how many times I had to tell them I had done nothing...annd thank THEM for coming! And, in turth, I was a very, very small wheel in this whoe thing. It was my privilege to work with dynamic and wonderful women and men who made this thing come together. I was no organizer here...just someone who showed up and said "put me to work." And the organizers told us all that we were no small wheels...that we were the grease that made everything work...that without all of us little folks, nothing would have worked. So...nothing but supportive and wonderful.

          We got near twice the expected turnout, and no arrests, and only 2 injuries, neither a result of conflict...we had a child fall and hit his head...and we had one person faint. The volunteers got to them quickly and got medical aid which was standing by...to them quickly and no harm came to anyone.

          There had been a planned counter-rally to ours...but there were so many of US...that the couter-rally people could not find parking places...so a handful of them showed up to try to disrupt our proceedings instead...and our Marshalls handled the situation wonderfully.

          We had dynamic speakers, and a positive, loving, yet strong message that we will not accept our rights being taken...not ANYONE'S rights...not Muslims, not women, not trans, not gay, not the disabled....NOBODY was going to be left behind...we were fighting for EVERYONE!! What I saw and felt gave me some real hope in our darkness...and I am grateful to those who had the vision to make this happen...and proud to do what I could to help make it happen. And I am glad I did not go to Washington. My experience was more personal and intimate.

          Raleigh, NC - 17,000

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          A Open Letter To American Men



              Women all over the world, as well as the men who supported them and protested with them on January 21, 2017, have once again encouraged me. I was raised by my maternal grandparents. My grandfather, a sharecropper, was killed by lightening while trying to finish plowing a cotton field, when I was nine years old. On that day, my grandmother became my mother and my father. A quote by President Lincoln about his mother has for a long time touched my soul, as it describes my feeling for my grandmother.

              "God bless my mother; all I am or hope to be I owe to her." - Abraham Lincoln

              I have always known who my biological mother was and I loved her very much. However, everything of value that I know, I learned from my grandmother. I think it was her strength, compassion, wisdom and love, that taught me at an early age to value the leadership abilities of women. In fact, there were a lot of strong women in my early development. All my elementary school teachers were women. Most of them my relatives. And the amazing thing about how I was nurtured by strong women is none of them ever disrespected of devalued men, although during my childhood, society did not value women very highly and made no attempt to disguise that fact.

              I did not know anything about Hillary Clinton until her husband’s first campaign for president. I had heard about Governor Clinton’s womanizing and an affair with Jennifer Flowers. I did not pay much attention to that because it was common for men to have extramarital affairs. After President Clinton was elected the talk about his escapades with women grew and culminated in The U.S. House of Representatives impeaching him, before he was acquitted by The U.S. Senate.

              While the entire country and much of the world were captivated by the extramarital activity of President Clinton, the person whose character stood out to me was Mrs. Clinton. At the time, I did not know about her internship during the Nixon impeachment hearings or her work with Marian Wright Elders and the Children’s Defense Fund immediately after she left law school. What struck me most of all was the strength of her character. This woman’s private life and her relationship with her husband was being dragged through the mud by the press and Republicans, and through it all she conducted herself with the utmost grace.

              This grace is the first thing I see in women who are leaders. Not only in government and businesses, but in homes and communities. This grace, in my opinion, is what will eventually lead humans to reach the level of civilization that will conquer hatred, wars, hunger and inequality. Please don’t misunderstand me. We men have our contributions to make. Many of us have made great contributions to civilization. However, until we recognize women as our equals despite our differences, humans will never attain the best we can be.

              The election of Donald Trump was the most discouraging thing I have ever witnessed. Not because of Trump himself. Believe it or not, I have seen worse people than Donald Trump. What discouraged me was the realization that my fellow Americans would elevate a person of Trump’s character to the office of President of The United States. So, at the end of the day, it wasn’t Trump’s character that discouraged me, but rather the character of my fellow Americans. I sincerely believed we were better than that.

              That is why all during the 2016 election, when Trump was doing so well in the Republican primaries, I fully expected him to win the GOP nomination. However, I had confidence that the American people would NEVER elect a person of Trump’s character as president, regardless of how much they had bought into the lies the press and Republicans had spread for twenty-five years about Hillary Clinton, who was clearly the most qualified AND prepared person for the office of president in modern history. Alas, they did just that. I was devastated to the point where I wanted to leave the country I loved and fought for my entire life.

              I am reminded of a sermon I heard a long time ago in which the preacher talked about the many trials and tribulations he had experienced until he had reached the point where he thought there was nothing to live for. We know in every sermon the preacher has a hook. The hook in this sermon was, “But God”. When all hope was gone, “But God”.When we think we can’t go on, “But God”. God has another plan. A plan that is bigger the Trump and his Merry Band of Idiots. God’s plan for America at this time in our evolution and growth is women. Our mothers. Our sisters. Our daughters. Our nieces. Our friends.

              Brothers, valuing women does not devalue us. We are much stronger with our women beside us than we are with them behind us. If mothers can nurture us in the beginning of our lives, they can lead us throughout the rest of our lives, just as effectively as any man.

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              Hi From Madison, Wisconsin


                  Don't let any pundit or "Trump-anista" say this is only about supporting women ! We are in support, of course, but most participants are protesting the wretched man AND Congress who will strip all men and women of many rights . . . not to mention programs and services to help Americans.

                  #Viva la Resistance

                  (BTW - we are near the right side, first tree) and loving every minute . . . .

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                  The Madness Has Begun.


                      I keep hoping that I'm wrong. I keep thinking that no one could be as obdurate and obtuse as Donald Trump.

                      But then I watch his inaugural address, and it reminds me that there is no such thing as being "slightly sociopathic," just like no woman can be "slightly pregnant."

                      His speech did not reach out to all Americans, and promise attempts to unify us as a country, instead it was like a campaign speech to his followers, saying, "Look, we won! Screw the rest of the country!"

                      Other presidents have notably sought to pull us together as did JFK with his ringing call, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!"

                      George W. Bush promoted himself as a "Unifier, not a divider!"

                      And ever since the end of WWII, every American president, Democrat or Republican, has attempted to weave together an international coalition of military and trade alliances for the benefit and safety of America.

                      We did it with the Marshall Plan under Truman, and the establishment of NATO. We did it under Reagan and both Bush presidents, and their "Coalitions of the Willing."

                      And Barack Obama has struggled mightily to contain a brutally aggressive Vladimir Putin of Russia, with international sanctions and the strengthening of NATO.

                      But in his speech, Trump took another radical departure from the past and promised that his policies would be to promote, "America first!"

                      That sounds great, but how does that work out in real life? Do we abandon our trade treaties, which not only create many jobs here in the USA, but strengthen our trading partners, which helps keep them as allies? Do we abandon international agreements like the Paris Accords, and do what is best only for the USA, and expect nations like China and India to not do the same? If every nation acts selfishly and only seeks to do "what's best only for itself," the consequences will be devastating, initially for billions of people worldwide as oceans rise and wipe out their coastal habitats, but eventually for all of us.

                      Ominously, on his first day as President, Trump closed down the government's Climate Change website. Nothing is more obvious or more dangerous than the onset of higher temperatures worldwide, and the havoc they will wreak, due to humankind's 300 year habit of burning fossil fuels.

                      And yet, here in the 21st century, after all that science has been right about in the past, we have a president, who denies science, and shuts down the Climate Change website. He must have made the Koch brothers and all the fossil fuel companies very happy, but his act is a step in the wrong direction, and indicates far worse to come.

                      In addition, he ordered the emasculation of the Affordable Care Act. What that means to the 20 million people who now have health insurance is frightening. What that means to the 3 million people who have jobs due to the ACA is worrisome, and what that means to all of us as the ACA put a damper on rising health insurance rates is: will we be able to afford healthcare insurance in the future?

                      While Trump's supporters are elated and optimistic that he will "make America great again," although we still don't know what that means or how he's going to do it, since Trump is always big on promises and bereft of details. And as we know from experience, "the devil is in the details."

                      So we will have to watch and wait and see if his actions do in fact promote the health and welfare of all Americans or if he and the GOP Congress only enrich the rich at the expense of everyone else as they have done so often in the past.

                      I am most unsettled and perturbed, when I think of the words of an ancient Greek philosopher. His name was Heraclitus. He lived around 500 BC, and his trenchant observation was that, "Character is destiny!"

                      If that means that Donald Trump's character is America's destiny, we are in for perilous times, because when you list the irrefutable facts about Donald Trump's character, it is a long list of fraud, failure, cheating and lies.

                      I know Trump supporters will deny that he lies or excuse him with the canard that Hillary lied as much or as egregiously, but the fact is: he lies in the face of video evidence to the contrary, and he lies constantly. Hillary never told whoppers like Trump has.

                      The scariest aspect of a Trump administration is that Trump is so disconnected from reality, and is sensitive to the point of being hostile to questions and criticisms. Thus, he becomes angry and defiant when challenged to produce proof of what he's saying or what he believes to be true.

                      History has shown Heraclitus was right. Think of Nero, Napoleon, Hitler, and so many other heads of state, who led their countries to ruin, because of their deluded sense of self-grandeur. I doubt Trump can change who he is, which means that the American people will be challenged like never before.

                      Do we rise to the occasion and demand a government of laws, instead of lies? A government that keeps our environment safe and healthy? A government that respects the civil rights of all the people, regardless of race or sex? A government free from the influence of Russia and/or the Koch brothers?

                      In the next few years, Trump's troubling character will be tested. But far more important:

                      The character of the American people is going to be tested, and it remains to be seen what destiny we determine for ourselves!

                      Do we resist the GOP/Trump depravities and travesties or do we succumb, and bequeath a banana republic to our children???

                      If you want facts (anathema to Trumpistas) go here: http://www.bombasticliar.com/

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                      Anti-Trump Agenda "Women's March" In St. Louis: One Of Many


                          Here is where I am today. At one of nearly a dozen large U.S. marches whose attendance looks to top 2,000,000 before the day is out.........

                          ST. LOUIS • Several thousand people massed in downtown St. Louis Saturday morning to protest President Donald Trump and support various causes in a companion to a simultaneous event in Washington.

                          While the event was billed as the Women's March on St. Louis, there were many men taking part as well.

                          The march began at 9 a.m. outside Union Station and proceeded east on Market Street to Luther Ely Smith Square, a park area east of the Old Courthouse, to hear various speakers.

                          Market was crammed with people from sidewalk to sidewalk.

                          Police estimated the peaceful crowd at 20,000 to 25,000. As of noon., there had been no incidents requiring police attention.

                          Marchers carried signs with messages such as "Women's Rights Are Human Rights," "Not My President" and "When They Go Low, We Go High."

                          That referred to a slogan used by former First Lady Michelle Obama during last year's presidential campaign.

                          Another sign proclaimed "Don't Be Putin's puppet." Among the issues championed were abortion rights, gay rights and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

                          Sarah and K'Lynne McKinley came to the march with their children and a group from their church, Peace United Church of Christ in Webster Groves.

                          Stay updated with St. Louis Post-Dispatch in your news feed.

                          The hope was for their children to learn about empowerment, K'Lynne McKinley said.

                          "I hope people live differently after this," she said. "It's not about hating or being angry."

                          The McKinleys and others taking part listened to organizers and activists recite poetry and thank the crowd.

                          Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., was among the speakers. She flew in from Washington after attending Trump's inauguration Friday.

                          "Yesterday I was on the podium and it started raining, which kind of matched my mood," McCaskill said. The St. Louis march, she said, has "given me a renewed sense of the fight."

                          A large contingent of police was on hand. People began gathering outside Union Station at least two hours before the 9 a.m. start of the march.

                          Even before the speeches, the event was emotional for some attending.

                          Mercedes Fort cried with her friends, standing outside the Old Courthouse. She drove in from Cape Girardeau.

                          "This is the struggle between being motivated by this turnout and being horrified as to why we had to come out," Fort said. Like most people at the march, she doesn't support the new Republican president.

                          My reflection: I am here with a dozen or so local activists....all from very red collar counties of St. Louis. I have to say I am truly edified by this. I remember the Tea Party rallies, a fraction of the size being experience today.....and no massive corporate sponsorship (The Kochs and Dick Armey's Freedom Works with the aggressive support of Fox). Amazing.

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                          Home From The Frontlines. Chicago Rocked!!!!


                              Update. It has been projected that there were 250,000 people who marched in Chicago's Women's March.

                              Just walked in after participating in the Chicago Women's March. Chicago Rocked! Last night estimates were at around 25,000, this morning before I left the numbers were at 50,000 once I reached the Women's March rallying point the numbers were projected to be 75,000 but I will bet you we were closer to 100,000. No violent incidents, police were actually working with and complementing us who participated and the day was a complete success. Will post a few photos later. I am so proud to be part of history in the making.

                              Last photo wasn't mine. It was sent to me by a friend. No one expected the crowd to be this large in Chicago.

                              Oh, I did something interesting. I had some blank business card forms and printed up 50 cards. It said on the card.


                              Join Us

                              I handed out all but two of them at the March lol.

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                              No Time For Rest After Today


                                  Millions of women and those who support them are gathering together around the globe to make their voices heard in no uncertain terms.

                                  L'enfant Plaza

                                  While this will definitely make an impact on Donald Trump and our lawmakers, it will need to be just the start. No relapsing into apathy, no thinking this will do the job, but an understanding that the momentum of today should not be allowed to dissipate, but should be build upon to carry our mission onward - to victory.

                                  Please share this with everyone you know, to help this movement keep going.

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                                  PTSD: Day One Of The Trump Imperium- FAIL!


                                      On Day One of the Trump Presidency

                                      THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS AND THE CROWD THAT WITNESSED IT: Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history. He also did it before a very small crowd. Despite his predictions that his turnout would top the Obama Turnout in 2009, it looks like he had one of the smaller crowds in modern history. Obama had 1.8 million. Trump had 230,000 yesterday. That's 13 percent of Obama's total!

                                      How big was the Trump Crowd? Take a Look!

                                      Obama 2009 11 AM

                                      Obama 2013 11 AM

                                      Trump 2017 11 AM

                                      source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tamerragriffin/trump-obam...

                                      Not impressive.....especially in light of the Trump team predictions. Excuses that his supporters "had to work" or "were holding local celebrations" are shallow excuse making. When many of those who voted for you were voted against someone else the support is soft. Polling reveals that Trump has lost nearly 15 percent of his support since the election.

                                      Bottom Line: The Turnout was Not-At-All impressive considering previous performances.

                                      Barack Obama, 2009: 1.8 million (generally considered a record for people on the National Mall)

                                      Barack Obama, 2013: 1 million

                                      Bill Clinton, 1993: 800,000

                                      George W. Bush, 2005: 400,000

                                      George W. Bush, 2001: 300,000

                                      Donald Trump, 2017 280,000

                                      George H.W. Bush, 1989: 300,000

                                      Bill Clinton, 1997: 250,000

                                      Ronald Reagan, 1985: 140,000 tickets sold, but record cold moved the swearing-in ceremony indoors

                                      Ronald Reagan, 1981: 10,000, according to the New York Times. This was the first year the ceremony was performed on the west side of the Capitol.


                                      THE INAUGURAL MESSAGE- "AMERICAN CARNAGE" THAT ONLY HE CAN SAVE THE NATION FROM: Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s White House counselor, had promised that the speech would be “elegant.” This is not the adjective that came to mind as he described “American carnage.” That was a phrase the likes of which has never hitherto been spoken at an inauguration.

                                      Oblivious to the moment and the setting, the always remarkable Trump proved that he is likely to remain in campaign mode: negative and demeaning. In what should have been a civic celebration serving national unity and promoting confidence, he vindicated his severest critics by serving up reheated campaign rhetoric about “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape” and an education system producing students “deprived of all knowledge.” ALL? Really?

                                      He managed to insult nearly everyone on the platform for their failure (GOP and Dems alike; Congress, Presidents, Governors). ALL HAD FAILED and ONLY HE can rescue the nation.

                                      AND, he also managed to anger nearly every ally with his statement that only America's needs count. America First is being heralded as a return to American isolation and protectionism.

                                      EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON DAY ONE:

                                      Making Home Ownership More Expensive: Trump made it more expensive for working- and middle-class Americans to buy their first homes. The move will increase costs for 750,000 to 850,000 Americans in the next year alone, according to the National Association of Realtors.

                                      The Obama administration had said last week that the Federal Housing Administration would drop the cost of mortgage insurance it sells by almost a third to 0.60 percent. But after Trump took office, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the FHA, informed lenders that the fee cut was off. The reversal of the reduction will mean that homebuyers who borrow $200,000 under the program will see their mortgage insurance fees go up by $500 a year.

                                      Undercutting ObamaCare's Mandate and Standards (with no replacement in sight): Trump instructed the agency overseeing Obamacare to interpret she laws/regulations loosely ― in ways that could undermine it even before Congress gets around to repealing it.

                                      This order is basically Trump doing what he can, on his own, to get the process underway.

                                      “While this executive order doesn’t directly make any changes to the ACA, it directs federal agencies to start unwinding the health law in a variety ways without waiting for Congress,” Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Health Foundation said.

                                      Obamacare, which became law in 2010 and took full effect in 2014, has helped narly 20 million Americans to get health insurance, while extending new consumer protections to millions more. Today, the number of people without health insurance is the lowest government agencies have ever recorded.

                                      But in the process, the law has also caused some people to pay higher premiums or bear greater out-of-pocket costs than they did before because insurance companies did not get the large inflow of the young and healthy thanks to a weak Mandate that let those who chose not to do this slide. The GOP refused to consider any fixes in the law. The Executive Order is expected to further weaken this.

                                      Obamacare standards have created the most consumer oriented health insurance program in the nation's history. The Executive Order is expected to allow states more freedom in setting up their own (and likely weaker) standards. This will immediately affect Medicaid which serves the poorest citizens.

                                      These changes will likely further spook insurers already worried they were not attracting as many healthy customers as they thought. The insurers could respond by raising premiums even higher, or by exiting markets altogether.

                                      The changes to Medicaid that states have sought threaten to reduce the number of people who can get on the program or stay on it, reducing their access to medical care.

                                      AND LASTLY.....MIA on the White House Website: Gone are sections like “Civil Rights” and “Reducing Gun Violence” replaced by pages like “America First Energy Plan” and “America First Foreign Policy.”

                                      Certain pages seemed to have disappeared altogether. LGBT Concerns. GONE. Climate Change. GONE. Immigration Reform. GONE.

                                      What's there. The pages from the Campaign Site regarding the Trump Agenda....with nothing new in regard to any of them. So, not only has the Trump Transition failed to fill the largest number of positions in the federal government in memory but it has failed to develop any policy priorities.

                                      GOOD START!


                                      One of the repliers made this comment: Besides the crowd at the inauguration do you know what else was different? The words I, me and my were rarely heard.

                                      My Reply:

                                      Let's look at the numbers shall "we."

                                      The use of the word "I" and "me." Here is how Trump's use of these words compared to other presidents' first inaugural addresses:

                                      • Trump: Three.
                                      • Barack Obama: Three.
                                      • George W. Bush: Nine.
                                      • Bill Clinton: Seven.
                                      • Ronald Reagan: 13.
                                      • Franklin Delano Roosevelt: 13.
                                      • Woodrow Wilson: 5.

                                      The use of the word "we." The term "we" has been far more prevalent in inaugural addresses than "I" or "me":

                                      • Trump: 34
                                      • Obama: 42.
                                      • Bush: 23.
                                      • Clinton: 30.
                                      • Reagan: 33.
                                      • Roosevelt: 19.
                                      • Wilson: 25.

                                      Of note "We" can be used broadly to speak of a generation, a nation, a community, or narrowly to refer to the administration of the particular president In Trump's case he used it in the narrow fashion 23 times- i.e. he or his administration. By contrast Obama used "we" in the narrow fashion 11 times in two inaugural addresses.

                                      Length. In terms of word count, Trump's speech was actually relatively short:

                                      Word choice. Here are some words that Trump used that haven't been used in previous inaugural addresses:

                                      References to God. Here are the references to God in Trump's and some previous first-term inaugural addresses:

                                      • Trump: Five.
                                      • Obama: Three.
                                      • Bush: Three.
                                      • Clinton: One.
                                      • Reagan: Five.
                                      • Roosevelt: One.
                                      • Wilson: Two.

                                      References to liberty or freedom:

                                      • Trump: One.
                                      • Obama: Two.
                                      • Bush: Two.
                                      • Clinton: One.
                                      • Reagan: Eight.
                                      • Roosevelt: Zero.
                                      • Wilson: Zero.

                                      The figures have been taken from transcripts from the Washington Post, ABC News, and the American Presidency Project here, here, here, and here.


                                      * Until Mr. Trump has earned the title, I will refrain from referring to his as President Trump, or The President, or Mr. President. While I respect the office, my complete lack of respect for him overshadows that historic sentiment. I am open to being surprised. I am also going to bring the same level of energy and purpose to my critique of him that opponents of President Barack H. Obama did during his 8 years as our President.

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                                      President Trump's Two Simple Rules


                                          In President Trump's Inaugural Speech, he gave us two rules to live by: buy American and hire American. Applause followed. In the new President's attempt to offer the American people a vision, how practical are those rules he proposes? How will current conditions need to be changed? How do we enforce the rules, and how long before that slogan becomes a reality? My guess is never but, in the moment, it sounded pretty good. We'll have a better chance of starting a colony on Mars. We might make our preference an American product or an American worker, but Trump's simple rules are nothing more than an empty slogan.

                                          Of course, we know that the ideology of an inaugural speech is rarely manifested. President Obama campaigned on the notion that he would change the way Washington worked and he had limited to zero success. Many still hold that against him. Trump did campaign on a platform of making America a manufacturing powerhouse again. He has reiterated that promise by laying down those two rules: buy American, hire American. But there are serious obstacles to this directive. Like Obama, Trump will be faced with a thing called reality. He may not have to push against the obstructionism that Obama faced, but products and trade and how they work globally are more complicated than a 2-rule nationalist solution.

                                          The premise of Buy American is basically flawed. America cannot produce everything it consumes. We either don't have the natural resources or the climate. We have to import materials from their source. Many products are simply produced elsewhere at a lower cost and these low prices allow Americans to buy products at affordable prices. Even President Trump and Ivanka manufacture their clothing lines abroad and they do that for a reason. It's cheaper and they can provide consumers all over the world with an affordable product. Their reasoning is as old as trade itself.

                                          We are a nomadic and industrious species. From the trade of obsidian, to silk, from corn to furs, and human traffic, people have sought out and engaged one another to sell and acquire goods at the best possible price. There is profit in trade and it pretty much works the same way today as it always has with one exception. We no longer pay homage to the gods of trade and merchants, Hermes and Mercurius.

                                          In ancient times, the Greeks hated free trade because they saw the tax dollars as being important to the treasury and national order, just as they are today. This is why Trump is opposed to the TPP that would do away with or reduce tariffs. It's no secret that he wants to impose additional tariffs of 35%. Even our very Progressive Senator Bernie Sanders is opposed to the TPP. http://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/the-trans-p...

                                          There is an opposing view, however, that elements of free trade will enhance prosperity. Ronald Reagan saw free trade and open borders as being the greater promise for prosperity. https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/reaga... Reagan's free trade philosophy was called "selective". He was able to pick and choose where he wanted protectionism and where he didn't. We might say Reagan was responsible for the demise of the textile industry in the US and subsequent rusting of the Midwest. Trump, however, prefers to put his ideology firmly behind Pat Buchanan who sees protectionism and isolationism as being generators of prosperity. But even in those prosperous times there was trade and not all products were American made. Furthermore, at that time, the economy also depended on immigration for our labor needs. We still need that labor and always will to some extent.

                                          These arguments ride on the changing tide of economy and social events. Reagan could promote free trade when the economy was in good shape and technology and cultures were changing and expanding. He could encourage immigration when we needed more labor. When times are hard, austerity and isolationism are favored, more out of fear than being a solution. It's more like hunkering down until a storm passes. I would argue that there is no good time for austerity or isolationism, especially, now and in spite of the "carnage" picture our new President has painted for us. The global economy is too vibrant to close ourselves off from opportunity. There's too much change in technology happening to shut ourselves off from the ideas circulating in a broader world. Buy American when you can afford it, and Hire American if an American wants it. But this is not the time for meaningless slogans in our National dialog.


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