Shock event

Rarely do I repost things that are not my original writings unless I have a blog to coincide w/ it, but with so much to say about all the actions of the Trump administration & its actions I feel sometimes others say what I want & say it better. I also just want to share these views & the information contained

 

 

 

Here is an interesting perspective on the notion of this weekend’s “shock event” from Boston College professor of American History, Heather Cox Richardson: she is writing from the position of a moderate (albeit one who has published several books on the history of the Republican party).

“There is an important non-partisan point to make today.
What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a “shock event.” Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order. When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event. There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.

Last night’s Executive Order has all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.
It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like. I don’t know what Bannon is up to– although I have some guesses– but because I know Bannon’s ideas well, I am positive that there is not a single person whom I consider a friend on either side of the aisle– and my friends range pretty widely– who will benefit from whatever it is. If the shock event strategy works, though, many of you will blame each other, rather than Bannon, for the fallout. And the country will have been tricked into accepting their real goal.

But because shock events destabilize a society, they can also be used positively. We do not have to respond along old fault lines. We could just as easily reorganize into a different pattern that threatens the people who sparked the event. A successful shock event depends on speed and chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide along established lines. This, for example, is how Confederate leaders railroaded the initial southern states out of the Union. If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power. Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Confederate leaders and Lincoln both knew about the political potential of a shock event. As we are in the midst of one, it seems worth noting that Lincoln seemed to have the better idea about how to use it.

 

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email to Scott Pruitt, Trump nominee to head the EPA

Hello
I write to you today not on my own behalf or OK’s behalf but on the worlds behalf. Your nomination to head the EPA is dubious at  best and entirely inappropriate at the most. In your capacity as the elected Attorney General for Oklahoma, you sued the federal government repeatedly in attempts to block EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other critical environmental laws.  You expressed skepticism toward the overwhelming scientific consensus on man-made climate change.  In my view, accepting the science demonstrating man-made climate change is essential for any nominee who aspires to lead a federal environmental agency & most certainly the EPA. I think in the interest of all I respectfully request you turn down this nomination for someone better suited to, and certainly more passionate for,  the position.

the ACA: how its helped me

The ACA has helped me because I have a pre existing condition. Ive been turned down for life ins. & in my adult life health insurance approval was always an anxious process

I stayed on my mothers ins through age 25 b/c I got “disabled dependent” status in order to do so. When I got married things got a bit tough. I had ins through my own employer for awhile. When I left my job & went back to school, I applied for my own policy w/ Kaiser for private ins. Kaiser told me I might get denied for my condition EVEN THOUGH I HAD HAD KAISER MY ENTIRE LIFE b/c they treat each “new policy” as a “new patient.” Thankfully I got approved as I had also written a letter & attached w/ my application, explaining my condition had not caused problems since I was a child. A year later my husband got a job that provided health ins but even his employer’s group plan had a clause stating people w/ pre existing conditions could be denied . I again submitted information making it clear my condition had not caused any issue in my adult life.

Fast forward to last year and started to have severe neurological symptoms that no one could figure out & it turned out it was an issue w/ brain due to my condition (I have a shunt -plastic implant- in my brain which had failed). The hospital stay alone cost $54000 (billed to insurance), not including the surgery itself. Thankfully I had met me deductible at this point & didnt pay anything out of pocket.

I’m absolutely terrified that this next year when its open enrollment at my husbands job & I’ll need to renew my coverage I will not be so lucky & they may tell me no, b/c now they can.

 

 

National Day of Patriotic Devotion

Trump can make a one time holiday via executive order but congress can approve to make it an annual one. So far I have not heard that proposed yet but we’ll see wont we? States can choose not to observe it. Just some added points   THat & only a true idiot declares a holiday after the fact. “I declare this a holiday..yesterday” But Trump being so out of touch & inexperienced likely doesnt even know this.Let him celebrate #PartyOfOne

Just the facts ma’am (Womens March)

I feel its important for people to be informed. I am quite aware of how conservative news outlets report the Women’s Marches as “anti abortion protests” “the election”or “women’s right.” Its easy enough to criticize & say “what rights have you lost?” Its not ab lost rights. Its about Trumps past rhetoric, campaign rhetoric & continued rhetoric…and giving the country a visual that that is not ok. The march encompassed many things including immigrant rights, the environment, healthcare, reproductive care access (hint that doesn’t mean “abortion” but includes birth control access, medical care access, and women’s health in the broad sense) > This was not funded by George Soros, PP, etc & no one was paid.

If people choose to not inform themselves, thats their choice but please be mindful of that & choose not to spread lies & misinformation b/c it was on meme or fox news, or Ted Nugent or whatever. I “liked” all the Trumps pages b/c I would rather get my info firsthand, wouldn’t you? I also subscribe to foreign news outlets to see how American events are viewed elsewhere, and also a lot of Congress people’s email newsletters. I encourage you all to do the same.While I realize Fox News gives ppl news they’re comfortable with, please realize news you’re comfortable with isn’t necessarily unbiased news. Or truthful news. Or accurate. Information shouldn’t just make you comfortable or only subscribe to your chosen views. The term is “ignorance is bliss” is an accurate one.
Being informed is important & takes effort and due diligence in our current times of “alternate facts” (which used to be called lies)

#NotMyPresident

If I suspend commonsense & critical thought I guess Id be as excited about Trump as the folks on his FB page …but unfortunately I dont see an American hero. I see the man that made fun of a disabled person, says vulgar things about women, vulgar things about his own daughter, pats himself on the back because someone gave him a Purple Heart as a gift…this is NOT a man who cares about everyone, or anyone really. This campaign was little more than a nationwide ego tour for him full of rallies cheering for him. Becoming President was not a job for him, it was an accomplishment for his resume & ego. He clearly has NO clue how to run a country & this was obvious when he had no real concrete ideas, just snappy one liners via being a reality star. His ideas have no real basis or reality and yet conservs are sadly eating them up. Has America truly become land of the ignorant?

This year & past year in particular have motivated me to be more mindful of my time online & how I spend it. I un”like”-d a lot of pages that are just “noise” in my opinion. ….I’m more diligent about where I get my info from & I try to get news from a variety of places (NPR, PBS, plus Al Jazeera & BBC so I can see how the same events are reported elsewhere, plus the New Yorker which is lengthy usually but far more in depth than other news sources , my op, post.)… I actually got a subscription to the New Yorker. …That said I’m not afraid of alternate views but I will automatically disregard anything steeped in ignorance or hatred or the person has a sole source of information & its a random FB page, in which case I try to question in a way that might make them think ab where THEY get info from. Also, anyone that uses words like “libtard” either is in elementary school or not mature enough for an adult discussion, pass.

During the debates pre-election, it was clear he was far less qualified than Hillary. She had facts. She had ideas. He had…catchphrases and one liners. He enjoyed the spotlight and attaining a something & “winning” but he still has no concrete plans, just..one liners and catchphrases. Is anyone actually surprised? I’m not.

I watched a video a conservative friend of mine posted of Trump, speaking to a cheering crowd. In it he was talking about “Building that wall” and how Mexico was going to pay for it, how we were going to “bring back jobs” from people that outsource to other countries & “immigrants” and how we were going to rebuild hospitals, building etc with American materials from American businesses with American labor…and the crowd cheered.

There’s so much in this one short speech that is unbelievable that its flooring how anyone could wholeheartedly accept ALL of it as true. First of all, someone ought to inform DT that he wont be President of Mexico. He cant make them do anything. Nor has he made any deals with their government to do so.

As far as bringing back jobs (quote-unquote) will he be doing that within his own companies first? His own family’s? Ivanka for instance manufactures clothes in China, Indonesia & Vietnam (source: New York Times, Teen Vogue, New York magazine and the Daily Mail) Additionally, his own hotels and businesses were built on the backs of illegal immigrant labor (source NBC, Hillary Clinton, Time Magazine). He in no way strikes me as genuine in anything he says but he’s clearly pandering to the agenda of the far right with the knowledge that it will get eaten up. Hes the man they’re carrying on their shoulders and cheering all the way to the White House without any regard for what they’ll do once they get there. His Cabinet nominees are older almost entirely Caucasian corporate people & fellow wealthy elite. (which his transition team director shockingly called “the most diverse” of any cabinet” ????? Maybe he has vision problems.)  Not a single one so far has any experience relevant to the position they are being appointed for. So far it seems DT is surrounding himself w/ other clueless fools so he wont feel left out.

On another note, the conservatives calling for respect of leaders, telling others to accept it, make the best of it, etc are nothing short of hypocrites. How quickly their minds fade and they forget their own behavior when Obama was elected, and re-elected. The evidence is all over the internet including DT’s own tweets. These people would do well to stop commenting and embarrassing themselves, but sadly ignorance is bliss. Wouldn’t it be nice if the people calling for people to “respect leaders” in regards to Trump, did so w/ the awareness that Barack Obama IS still President, and has been even after Election Day? Hmm.

I will not respect this leader. I will turn my back on this government and work to help others,  however I can. I’ll donate to Planned Parenthood. I’ll join the ACLU (already have) . I’ll call Senators (I have called every one of them regarding the ACA. Every.Single.One.) this is my country. But he is not my President.

Inauguration (D) Day

On this Inauguration eve, we the people bid goodbye to President Barack Obama. Contrary to the picture of him painted by conservatives, President Obama was a GREAT President, and is a GREAT man. He did everything he said he would, or tried to. And he did so with open and public love and respect for his wife and daughters. Although the ACA hasn’t worked out as people hoped, critics forget that it was the GOP that contributed to these problems.The end result of the ACA was based on only what was allowed & approved by Congress. The one silver lining (if it can be called such a thing) in this new Administration will be the fact NONE of them have ANYONE to blame but themselves and each other. I hope it will be eye opening, for conservative citizens and government officials as well.

 

Under President Obama -and he IS still our President, and has been even after Election Day – the economy was stable. People who hadn’t had insurance in years had coverage (and still do).  lead global efforts to combat climate change and fought for equality for ALL. Trump will not do that, he just wont. He is appeasing the GOP with talk about “traditional values” (as only a 3x married man with 5 kids can). He doesn’t stand for women’s rights. He doesn’t stand for LGBTQ rights. He doesn’t stand for the poor. He doesn’t stand for immigrants. Who does he stand for then? well, look at his Cabinet choices. 99% older white rich men, corporate interests and fellow pals. This will be a bitter pill for many to swallow when they realize he doesn’t stand for them.  The good news is the only blame to be cast will be on himself or the GOP Congress. I am hopeful this will be eye opening for them as well as conservative voters.

I would love to suspend belief, critical thought and commonsense to believe the words being spun but sadly I have too much of all of that to let lies prevail.

So far every day of Trumps President-electhood has been opposite day. The start of it was when our country elected (or rather, the electoral college did) a privileged out of touch elitist with no experience running anything but his own self interests as President. I can only hope this experience changes him and he realizes the world is bigger than himself.

 

President-elect Trumps Cabinet choices are basically reflections of him in this regard. Instead of acknowledging his lack of experience in all areas of government, and putting experienced people around to guide and familiarize him, he has chosen people with nearly zero and sometimes completely contradictory experiences to hold key positions in his Cabinet.

He has publicly stated “drain the swamp” was just a campaign catchphrase. I think so was “make America great again.”