I’m not sure where to start, there are so many issues in the US right now inspired by the election of a racist, sexist, money-hungry dictator as our president. When the election was going on and Trump was stating some of the things he was planning on doing if elected President, such as to put all American-Muslims into a registry and force them to wear some sort of tag to let others know that they are Muslim -- Sounds a bit familiar, doesn’t it? Not only that, but he is planning on banning all Muslim immigrants, as well as signing executive orders to limit immigration for refugees and even some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. (I’m shocked India isn’t on there, racist fuck).. In Trump’s inauguration speech, he promised to “eradicate Radical Islamic Terrorism” and he is trying to do that by labeling and categorizing an entire religion, shaming them. Trump wants to take repeal ObamaCare, so unless you have money you’re not really that important and why should you be treated if you’re sick and poor? And he is having Planned Parenthood defunded and taking away rights from women, because it’s okay for a room full of old, white men to sign away our rights about what we can or cannot do with OUR OWN fucking bodies and reproductive organs.
The Trump administration has instructed officials at the Environmental Protection Agency to freeze its grants and contracts, an immensely idiotic move which could affect everything from state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental projects aimed at helping poor communities, I’d say that’s a pretty big “fuck you” to poor communities, as well as the environment.
Trump is planning many budget cuts, killing at least 17 federal agencies and programs, which cost close to nothing per person who pays taxes, not only shrink debt it seems, but also to undercut priorities and issues the Democratic party (AND HUMANS WHO ACTUALLY GIVE A SHIT ABOUT OTHER HUMANS) care about and have been trying to improve.
Trump wants to cut the Corporation for Public Broadcasts, killing off Sesame Street, along with other things, which costs each American $1.37 in taxes per year. Trump wants to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, which would eliminate hundreds of art programs and funding for artists across the US, and only costs each American $0.46 in taxes per year. He also wants to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, which offers research funding to institutions like museums, colleges and libraries, which also only costs each American $0.46 in taxes per year. He wants to defund the Minority Business Development Agency, which will completely screw over small business owners, places that make cities such as New York so unique and interesting and costs each American only $0.11 in taxes per year! Trump ALSO wants to cut the funding for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, part of the Justice Department that employs 750 positions, works to fight discrimination and protects the voting rights of Americans, and only costs each American $0.48 in taxes per year.
AND my PERSONAL FAVORITE….He wants to cut the funding for the Office of Violence Against Women, which runs 25 grant programs created through the 1944 Violence Against Women Act in an effort to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, dating violence, and many other things, and only costs each American $1.48 in taxes per year!!!! Since when did our rights and our safety become worth less than $1.48?
I don’t understand how the fuck someone as disgusting, as cringe-worthy, as hateful or as destructive as this piece of shit, Donald Trump, could get elected as the President of the United States. I don’t understand how this piece of shit could be put on a pedestal, over the people of this country, who will not stand for hate, racism, sexism, and the human beings who will not stand for putting any other human to shame because of the color of their skin, because of their gender, because of who they love or want to be with, because they have a pussy or a dick, or because they don’t fit your religion-based, flawed and fucked up idea of what an “American” should look be or look like.
I am beyond pissed off and upset by Trump, as are many other Americans and people around the world at this moment. It’s a pretty beautiful sight, seeing other parts of the world such as the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Lebanon, Serbia, France and other places standing with us, seeing their people out in the streets protesting with us. It just shows that no matter how much hate Trump ignites, no matter what rights he tries to take away from us as human beings, and no matter what he tries to accomplish and turn this country into, that as long as we stand together and continue trying to promote love and equality for everybody, that he can never win.
I was reading another blog post earlier today about the Inauguration, written by Bob Lefsetz, and he put it perfectly; “Art is our savior.” ---
“Most people don’t believe in Fox. But they do believe in Beyonce and Jay Z and the more stories you read about artists speaking truth to power, the more blowback there is, the more you know they're doing it right.”
Bob Dylan is the perfect example of somebody who made protest music. Look at Beyonce, she promotes Girl Power, something the world needs a ton of right now. The rappers in the 80s and 90s such as Ice T who talked about police brutality and were right.
The best chance we have of saving this country, and ourselves, is to create a movement with our art, promoting messages for equality, love, peace and justice. Trump, Pence, their band of hateful followers, they won’t stand a chance as long as we keep fighting, keep spreading messages and uniting under those messages, portrayed through art.
It’s going to take time, unfortunately we can’t just get rid of him overnight, or even in a few weeks. (Even though I’d love to just go “Poof!” and make him disappear….) But we’re never going to let him win or brainwash us into his game of hate, race wars, negativity, money and power. And to the people who think protesting doesn't change anything and you're just going to sit back and let this asshole do whatever he is going to do, hurt whoever he is going to hurt, your friends of colors, your mothers, your sisters, your daughters, your gay and transgender friends, that's fine, you don't have to protest or do anything, but if you show negativity to others for protesting, then you are part of the problem as well and you obviously aren't as affected by some of these new policies and changes happen as the rest of us. We have to keep fighting the country's urge to go backwards in time right now. Fuck Trump, Fuck Pence, we are going to beat these assholes.