There's a lot of talk about the upcoming first hundred days of this new presidency...
Even as Mr.Trump now seems to dismiss this marker.
It seems to me like we are all in a waiting game, a kind of weird holding pattern.
Those who support the president and his agenda are waiting for:
all those jobs.
They are waiting for that wall to get built.
All the illegal immigrants to be deported.
All those manufacturing jobs to appear
They are waiting for the repeal of Obama Care,
Those who didn't vote for him are waiting too.
They are waiting to see where women who can't afford it will get health care now that he has defunded Planned Parenthood.
They are waiting to see who is next on the list of those who are not welcome here.
Waiting to see if the Emoluments Clause is still even relevant.
Waiting to see where all those ties to Russia end up...
Everyone is waiting to see if we will go to war with North Korea or Iran (or maybe even Canada).
And many are waiting to see just how much of all of this not normal stuff will be one thing too many
and what will that lead to?
Just more of the same?
And so we wait...
It fells like we are all on auto pilot, drifting round and round high above the airport just waiting to finally land and running out of fuel.
It almost feels normal...but not quite.
Let's hope we get to land soon.
Before we don't even question the normalcy of it all anymore.
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We have a very different post this weekend.
We were busy on Valentines Day (and the following several days) working on an art project with
students, many of whom have family members who are undocumented or are here with visa's or those
who have come here as refugee's, who are understandably frightened and anxious what
with all of the current rhetoric about deportation and refugee bans and ICE raids that are taking place right now.
So, we got kids and crayons together along with three hundred feet of white butcher paper to help
them make a visual statement to send to local politician's.
We decided that due to the potential for some type of retribution directed at those who participated or their families we would have to do the whole project in anonymity, hence the no faces, no names, title.
What started out as three hundred feet of blank paper, over three days turned into a breath taking and
inspiring work of art with powerful messages.
We decided to share a tiny fraction of their work with you...
First it was; "give him time he's only been in office a week".
Then, "come on, he's only been in for two weeks".
Then; "look, it's only the third week".
So I guess this is the new conversation....
"give him a break he's only been in office a month,
"It's only his first year"
"It's just the first term."
This past three weeks has been the equivalent of a roller coaster ride gone horribly awry.
If we were to try and address every one of the administration's miss steps we'd have a post that was hundreds of pages long.
So, we are taking baby steps...
Nordstrom's and free enterprise vs. Donald Trump;
Ivanka Trumps clothing is all made in China, Nordstrom's is an American company that employs thousands of workers so who's really getting hurt by 45's tweets?
If Ivanka's line isn't selling, whether it's due to boycotts or it's just not that popular and the president is out there telling people how bad the company is for hurting his daughters feelings, workers might be laid off or let go.
Yet, 45 is out there tweeting along with pitches by Kelly Ann Conway and Sean Spicer and they are coming down hard on free enterprise.
Make America what again?
This appears to be another example of how 45's only interest is to promote himself and his family and their business interests and leave the country to fend for its self.
Last Sunday, Kelly Anne Conway used the term "alternative facts"
In response to that statement I'd like to say this;
can we please all just agree that two plus two equals four?
No matter how you add it up, two plus two will never equal five.
If it ever does it is not an alternate fact, it's just wrong, period!
Here's another one of those pesky little facts, just because someone believes that we are going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it, doesn't make it true.
Fact is, U.S. taxpayers are going to pay for that wall AND prices on all goods from gas to your local WalMart will go up right here in the good old U.S.of A. if we start putting tariffs and taxes on Mexico or anywhere else that we trade.
Here's another fact; that Keystone Pipeline everyone is so happy to build?
All it is, is Canada using our land to get their oil to the Gulf Of Mexico to sell overseas.
We won't see any of that oil unless it leaks into our land and water. And as for all those jobs it will create?
35 jobs, that's it and those are temporary.
There is absolutely NO benefit to the USA if we build that pipeline,
but the risks are enormous!
And the last fact I'd like to share is this; as for repealing Obama Care ( the ACA ),
there is no replacement!
You will loose your health care.
And those not on the ACA? Those people will be paying much higher premiums and medical costs will rise much more than they have since Obama Care's implementation.
Those, like them or not are the actual facts!
Trevor Noah of the Daily Show had a wonderful metaphor, for what we are witnessing these days.
The show got hold of one of the cakes from one of Mr. Trumps Inauguration balls.
Low and behold, the cake was mostly fake, except for a little section where Mr. Trump cut into it.
(* if you look where we've circled the picture you can see were the real cake was sliced.)
It was a facade with one piece of real cake stuck into the bottom as a ceremonious symbol to be cut in front of the cameras. The rest was assembled with Styrofoam.
" Has there ever been anything more Trump than this cake ?" It's like someone said, " Hi, I'd like to order one giant metaphor with vanilla frosting".- Trevor Noah
And so here we are...
Apparently having a discussion as to the reality of reality!
Stuck in a parallel universe where facts aren't necessarily facts and how one perceives a situation carries much more weight than evidence to the contrary.
Being challenged as to what we actually see with our very own eyes and are being told what we
Debating what is real against alternate facts.
We may want to tread very carefully going forward because once we start down this road, it just might turn around and bite us in the ass!
We are watching all the women ( and men ) who are participating in the Women's March on Washington today and those participating in similar marches in cities around the country and the world. Their chance to express their feelings and fears related to this new president.
And awaiting the new presidents reaction to those marches.
We are watching the new president to see what his priorities truly are.
It wasn't about jobs or the economy or even taxes...
On day one his priority was getting a delay in the Texas voter ID case and doing it very quietly.
We are closely watching. Mr.Trump promised to take himself out of his business dealings once in the White House. He hasn't .
We are watching to see if Mr. Trump will refrain from nasty, bullying tweets once he's sworn in.
And we are not the only ones watching.
The world is watching and waiting and listening.
Trumps Inaugural speech could have been inclusive and hopeful, an opportunity to bring people together and calm fears but instead it was dark and divisive .
Things seem bleak in the world of politics these days.
Whether you are disturbed or excited about the incoming administration, there is a lot of uncertainty and anger floating around out there.
Even many of those who voted for the in coming president aren't that keen on him they just disliked the alternative more.
So between contentious confirmations and an unwavering distrust continuing between the new administration and the Intelligence agencys and the whole Russia situation, unreleased taxes, the beginnings of censorship of the media and all those conflicts of interest raising questions just to name a few.
We went in search of goodness...
And I am pleased to report that it wasn't that hard to find!
In this time of what seems like a daily barrage of political and social madness we found
three, count them three little sprouts of love and hope and decency that slipped through the cracks of the hardness of political concrete.
First, earlier this week we heard about 89 year old Charles Brotman who has been the announcer of the inaugural parade for the last 60 years. He has announced every single inaugural parade since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957.
With the recent passing of his wife,
Mr. Brotman was getting through his loss by throwing himself into the upcoming preparation for this years inaugural parade when he received an e-mail from the Trump campaign ...firing him!
Yep! Donald just unpacked his favorite TV reality show phrase and threw it right in Mr. Brotman's face.
Well, we have great news!
Mr. Brotman was just hired by NBC4 TV in Washington DC to be their announcer!
You're loss Mr. Trump.
( faith and hope )
It was kind of leaked that there was going to be a surprise party of some sort for Joe Biden.
Well surprise is putting it mildly...
President Obama honored his vice president and good friend with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom ( the nations highest civilian honor)......with distinction! Making him one of only a handful of those to receive this honor.
We love Joe too and if anybody deserves a metal for all he's done throughout his years in congress and all he has given and given up, it's Joe.
( love and friendship )
And last, who says differing sides can't come together.
Did you know that when the Obama's moved into the White House the Bush sisters wrote letters to Sasha and Malia welcoming them and giving them advice on the next four to eight years?
And, they wrote them again to help them with the adjustment of going from living in the White House to going back into the public domain.
( kindness and understanding )
So have faith...be kind, accepting and understanding.
These attributes are precious and much needed these days...
Okay, I admit it...this first part is a little snarky.
I guess the Trump campaign is having trouble getting celebrities for his inauguration...
not a real surprise after who showed up for the Republican Convention.
But still, now that he's the guy you'd think he could get a couple big names.
He's kinda like the kid in school who had the coolest car but couldn't get anyone to ride in it.
Even the Mormon Tabernacle choir isn't all on board...
Next up; some things you should be aware of...
The Trump administration sent out a letter to the Energy Department demanding the names of climate change scientists... guess why? Guess what? They said NO!
Then there's the whole Internet situation ......
Turns out that Donald and his troupe have been making a lot of noise about Internet neutrality and censorship and that's creating quite a shakeup in that community.
Ever heard of the the wayback machine ( yes, as in Mr. Peabody and Sherman )?
Turns out certain organizations that feel as though they are under fire with the incoming administration are busy backing up and moving files that could be seized or destroyed to other countries or implanting serious encryption so information will not disappear.
Speaking of the Internet and techie stuff, Donald Trump held a summit of tech people at Trump Tower.
It was interesting to note that the only big name missing was twitter and you won't believe why!
You would think Donald loves the Internet with one of his BFF's being WikiLeaks and it's founder Julian Assange and all...
So with this new U.S.A., friend of Russia and censoring it's citizens and the media we should all be vigilant.
If you are a Trump supporter don't follow blindly. Watch what your candidate is doing as well as saying they may be two different things.
That wall you want him to build? Turns out it's not Mexico that's going to pay for it. It's coming out of the pockets of taxpayers like you and me.
And really watch what's happening with Medicare and Social Security or you may find yourself in a real fix!
And who knows what his next twitter frenzy will bring?
I find it odd that people keep saying "he'll change once he gets in the White House", really?
Just what makes people think he'll do that? There is not one scintilla of evidence to back that up.
Remember this is the guy who's priority was to tweet about Arnold Schwarzenegger
while the rest of the country was debating the ramifications of Russia hacking us!
So with just eight days to go, be vigilant.
No matter who you voted for don't be blinded by blind faith...