Posted by: minnow | December 29, 2016

Dear Trump Supporters

Josh Moon tries to explain Trump supporters in his column from the Alabama Political Reporter saying, “we in Alabama – in a number of conservative strongholds across America – have somehow started confusing bravado with actual strength.”  Bullies, like Trump, and make no mistake BULLY assesses his character perfectly, not only mask their insecurities through big talk and little forethought, they attract others who are equally insecure and who do not want their fragility found out.

Secure people don’t look like Trump and his supporters. They don’t hate other people.  They don’t blame other people or groups for their own lack of success.  They don’t continually draw attention to their resumes.  They don’t need to tell others they are strong, or capable, or smart.  Secure people simply are who they are.  They do the work in front of them and others, out of admiration, point out their strengths and successes, use them as role models, and follow their lead.

Frankly, I no longer care WHY you supported Trump.  I do still care about what he and his unqualified, band of bullies plan and whether or not the equally inept Congress will help them beat up the Nation or hold them accountable.

These  people’s are Trump’s best for the nation.

Steve Bannon is Trump’s chief White House strategist.  Before signing on with Trump in August, Bannon was the executive chairman of Breitbart News Network. Bannon himself labeled it “a platform for the alt-right”.  If you are unfamiliar with the alt-right think of the white supremacists and anti-feminist in suits and ties.  Their latest hate vehicle–social media.

Rex Tillerson is his pick for Secretary of State.  Tillerson has been cozy with Russia for 2 decades. Putin awarded him Russia’s Order of Friendship in 2013.  As the CEO of Exxon Mobil, his oil dealing with Russia are currently blocked by U.S. sanctions against Russia which were left in place just last month because Russia refused to agree to a cease fire against the Ukraine.

For Attorney General, Trump picked Jeff Sessions.  In 1986 he was deemed too racist to be a judge.  He is anti-immigration and thinks the only bad thing about the KKK is they smoke marijuana. As AG, he will provide the president with legal advice and determines what legal cases the federal government pursues.

Trump tapped Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA. Ironically, EPA stands for the Environmental PROTECTION Agency.  Pruitt has received over $300,000 in contributions from gas, oil, and coal companies.  He currently has a law suit pending against EPA.  Can you say–conflict of interest?

Ryan Zinke* is Trump’schoice for Secretary of the Interior.  Charged with protecting public lands Zinke’s dismal track record caring about the environment seems par for the course for Trump.  Zinke favors fracking, for example, and stands against the Endangered Species Act. He received a 3% favorable mark from the League of Conservation Voters. That’s an F folks.  (*If you read the article, also read the first comment).

Betsy DeVos never taught in, went to, or sent her children to public school, yet she is Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education.  DeVos tried for years to funnel public money to private education in Michigan and will undoubtedly do the same as Trump’s flunky.  She has fought teacher’s unions for years believing teachers should not have the right to protest.  No wonder some believe she is public education’s enemy #1!

A retired neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development pick, described himself as not  experienced enough to run the Department of Health and Human Services. Yet, somehow childhood poverty qualifies him to run HUD.

Trump’s pick for the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, not only wants to abolish the ACA, he plans to cut Medicare benefits–you know the tax you paid into for years, that isn’t connected to the budget, is self sustaining, and covers your health care after you retire.  He also believes insurance companies shouldn’t be required to cover birth control and is anti-abortion rights. Price is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, not to be confused with the larger and more reputable AMA. The group Price champions is responsible for spreading medically questionable information like: immunizations cause autism.

Though some believed his promise to drain the swamp, Trump’s former financial advisor, Steve Mnuchin, is his pick for Secretary of Treasury. Prior to jumping on board the Trump cruise ship Mnuchin both worked for Goldman Sachs and was CEO of Dune Capital Management, a hedge fund. Trump and Mnuchin are alike in some ways–both made their first million through inheritance, have had business dealings plagued by racial discrimination accusations, and could be the poster child for the 1% who have taken from the 99%.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s chosen National Security Advisor was fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency after only two years.  He has shared security information with foreign countries without permission and is extremely anti-Muslim.  Like his boss, he is impatient and outspoken, not risks our national security can afford.

As a final example of Trump’s picks, Andy Puzder his nominee for Labor Secretary is described by Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project, Christian Owens, as the least suited person for the job. Owens contends, “Puzder will be there for his low-wage-industry CEO buddies, who are now salivating over the prospect of rolling back the Obama administration’s efforts to raise pay for low-wage workers, improve workplace safety, and increase corporate accountability.” Clearly, Puzder won’t be there for the American worker.

The net worth of Trump’s groupies is $4.5 billion dollars plus, a 60% increase over the cabinet they will replace.  Instead of draining the swamp, Trump has filled it with alligators.  So dear Trump supporters, when good paying jobs don’t return from China and you must choose between working for less due to “Right to Work” laws or having the plant close; when Obamacare is repealed and your premiums–the insurance companies raised to begin with–go up again to make up their lost revenue and you suddenly can’t afford your prescriptions and your previous medical condition won’t be covered; when your children’s schools can’t afford new technology, books, or building repairs and teachers are no longer willing to subsidize their students’ education materials with their own dwindling paychecks, when your sons and daughters are sent to war because our president couldn’t keep his tweets to himself or we must protect “our oil” (in someone else’s country) or “we’re gonna show those blankity-blank-blanks they can’t tell the U. S. what to do”, remember you elected this Bully because he was going to Make America Great Again. His failure does not need to be yours.  You are not stuck choosing bravado over truth and integrity. Real strength, Alligator wrestling strength, will be needed if we are going to take America back from the Bullies.



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