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

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      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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      PTSD: Day One Of The Trump Imperium- FAIL!

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          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.

          http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/20...

          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!


          Addendum:

          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.

          http://www.dailywire.com/news/12622/how-does-trump...



          * 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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          And You Are "Optimistic" About Trump? Look Into My Eyes, Look Into My Eyes

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              Trump's speech was his way of setting the American 99% up to look the other way when he and his Cabinet of Billionaires take you all to the cleaners. He is using classic propaganda words on you so that you will believe that you need him, and his billionaires, and will let him do anything to you that he/they want to. He might as well have been swinging a fob watch on a chain in front of you. The brainwashing has begun.

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              How Much Smaller Is The Crowd At Trump's Inauguration Than Obama's

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                  How big was the Trump Crowd?

                  2009 11 AM

                  2013 11 AM

                  2017 11 AM

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

                  Not impressive.....especially in light of the Trump team predictions.

                  Not 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

                  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.

                  http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/20...

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                  PTSD: Waiting In Hope

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                      No PTSD This Morning. I am now watching the Inauguration. I tuned in just as the ceremony began. I will tune out after it ends. AND then I will offer my thoughts.....maybe immediately and perhaps not for hours. Let's see if Mr. Trump begins his transition from perpetual campaigner to President.

                      I live in hope but I do not have high, or even medium, expectations.



                      * 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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