Brace for the epic disaster coming.
Today marks the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. To say that this will be disastrous for our nation and for most of the rest of the civilized world is an understatement, in spite of what you may be reading from the Tumpocolytes that inhabit your social media. Our allies are flabbergasted, our enemies are laughing at us, and 65 million people are still shaking their heads on how a man who is going into the Oval office with the worst rating of an incoming President in modern history won the campaign but lost the popular vote by nearly three million tallies.
I can’t state enough what a horrible person Mr. Trump is. A failed businessman, a failed father, a failed husband, a braggadocios blowhard bully, misogynistic, discriminatory, bigoted liar who communicates on a fifth grade level is now going to be the leader of the free world, and he is still taking to Twitter tapping out the absolute most ridiculous tripe that is more befitting a 12-year-old than a grown-ass man about to wield more power than he knows what to do with.
Mr. Trump and his administration of Wall Street billionaires who don’t give a rat’s ass about anyone other than themselves and their shareholders, are about to decimate decades of work that has been done by generations. Rolling back protections of bonafide American citizens in the LGBT community for reasons that any explanation – no matter how deeply believed – are bogus, flawed, and completely egregious. Pandering to the base racism and bigotry of those who just don’t like brown people, especially when they are President. Not to mention giving credibility to the dregs of society – those horrible people who call themselves the ‘alt-right’ but are pretty much Nazis.
Don’t even get me started on the so-called Christians who are convinced that Trump is God’s choice for our leader. That somehow he is the new American Messiah, and that he embodies everything that is a good Christian and is Christlike. Donald Trump is far, far from what would be considered a good Christian worthy of respect. He is the exact opposite of everything Jesus tells us to be as people of faith, and I will forever be baffled by believers who tout this man as the best biblical choice to lead our nation.
Am I angry? No, the anger has passed. I am grieving, because so many people have been duped into thinking that this man would be a good choice for President. But they have been betrayed, because he has no intentions of keeping the promises that rolled him into the White House. There will be no Mexican-paid-for wall, Hillary is not going to jail, the ‘swamp’ was drained but refilled with even worse creatures, etc., etc., etc. The people who cast their votes for him played right into their hands, and the sad thing is that they are the ones who are going feel the brunt of what is about to come. The Idiocracy is upon us.
I am grieving for the utter failure of sixty-some-odd million Americans to make a choice other than Trump. I am grieving for my LGBT friends and family because they are now entering an era where their lives are in more jeopardy than they have been in the past fifty years. I am grieving for me black and Latino friends and family because the progress that has been made regarding race relations has been set back by generations. I am grieving for my female friends and family, because the right to their own bodies is going to be stripped away by old men who cannot understand the concept of individual sovereignty. I am grieving for my disabled friends and family because they have been publicly mocked by our new President. I am grieving for the old, infirm, and sick, because this President, his administration, and Congress is apt to kill them.
But I digress…
According to The Hill, here is just a few of the things Trump and his Administration, along with Congress, have lined up for us:
- The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding.
- The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.
- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized
- The National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.
- The Minority Business Development Agency will be eliminated.
- The Economic Development Administration will be eliminated.
- The International Trade Administration will be eliminated.
- The Manufacturing Extension Partnership will be eliminated.
- At the DOJ, they will be eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
- Violence Against Women Grants are also to be eliminated.
- Funding for Civil Rights and the Environment and Natural Resources divisions will be slashed
- The Department of Energy will roll back funding for nuclear physics to 2008 levels.
- They will also roll back funding for advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels.
- The Office of Electricity will be eliminated.
- The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will be eliminated.
- The Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, will be eliminated.
- Funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation are targeted for elimination.
- The Paris Climate Change Agreement is also in the cross-hairs.
- The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are are also bulls eyed.
Today should be a proud day for a majority of Americans. Instead, it is an embarrassment. We are the laughing stock of the planet, whom are pointing their fingers at us with mocking regularity at every tweet that is posted and every quip that is uttered by Donald Trump.
It’s funny – not ha ha funny – that so many people believe that Obama was a horrible President whose tenure was disastrous for America, when the facts show the exact opposite (facts that are brushed aside in favor of lies, spin, propaganda, etc., by the Trumpocolytes), but they are convinced that a person who is so totally, completely, and unequivocally unqualified for the office of the President of the United States is the right man for the job.
No. Today I am not proud to be an American. Today, I am embarrassed for my country. I still love her, am still faithful to her, and would still fight for her if I still could. But I am embarrassed for her. I am ashamed for her. I am grieving for her.