Saturday, November 26, 2016
No Christmas from Trump
If America checks her Christmas stocking early this year, she'll discover that Donald Trump has stuck her with nothing but coal. No chance at achieving greatness again (not that America was ever anything less than great), no shining city on a hill, nothing huge, tremendous, incredible, or fantastic... just lumps of coal. A quick review of some of Trump's selections for key government positions are enough to conjure a deep winter chill.
Jeff Sessions as Attorney General... probably the biggest lump of all. Throughout his distinguished career he's labeled the NAACP as an un-American, communist-inspired organization that forced civil rights down our throats. Meanwhile, he saw fit to refer to a black Assistant U.S. Attorney as "boy", and a white civil rights lawyer as a "disgrace to his race". He's fought against immigration reform and favors mass deportation--maintaining that immigrants "create culture problems". He's opposed marriage equality (and would like to see it rolled back), he'd like to gut federal funding for food stamps, repeal Obamacare, and essentially eliminate the safety net. He'd certainly give the Grinch a run for his money when it comes to tiny hearts.
Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Who'd bring a fresher perspective to the table than another privileged white billionaire? DeVos has no government experience and her sole focus has been on promoting school voucher programs (at taxpayers' expense) and charter schools. Expect her to broaden the right-wing extremist war on public education.
Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development? Wow... a week before the appointment an aide quoted Carson himself as saying he wasn't qualified for such a position. Clearly, actual qualifications mean nothing. Given Carson's propensity for off-the-wall comments and space-shot behavior during the primary campaign, it's safe to assume we're in for an interesting ride. I wonder if Michele Bachmann was otherwise engaged?
Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations. Again, why would you need qualifications (such as foreign policy experience)? Haley will also have the opportunity to undermine environmental progress; and one look at her record would lead one to believe that's precisely what she'll do. In 2013 she buried a report from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources on the challenges climate change would bring to the state. In 2015 during devastating rains and floods, Haley refused to make a connection between an increase in the number of extreme weather events and climate change.
America should have realized right off the bat that there would be no genuine Christmas gifts from Trump when he named Steve Bannon his chief strategist. A racist is about as far removed from Jesus Christ as war is from peace.
Hunker down, America, and settle in for the long haul. You'll get no merry Christmas from Trump!