One year later, electing an orange pussy grabber still seems like a bad idea. An editorial.

November 9, 2017 marks exactly one year since the United States of America elected reality tv star, billionaire real estate developer and self-admitted pussy grabber Donald J. Trump as it’s President. An election that shocked not only the American people, but even the candidates themselves, the spray-tanned television star who rose to power simply by saying really crazy things on the capmaign trail defeated a former first wife, Senator, Secretary of State, professor of law and first-ever female candidate to become the 45th President of the United States of America. It was a move that defied conventional logic leaving most of America and much of the world in a state of outrage over America’s decision.

Trump campaigned on a few core tenets which aroused anger within his easily-manipulated political base and then sided with renowned homophobic Governor of Indiana and devout Christian Mike Pence to help him with evangelicals. It was a well-engineered 1-2, political F you to the establishment, bringing in a new administration boasting big promises. A year on; have they delivered?

“I’ll get the best people” and “drain the swamp”, he said. Since before Day One in office, Trump has gone on to appoint political lap dogs, early supporters, major donors and corporate lobbyists to key cabinet roles. What has resulted is an administration with an avowed climate denier in charge of the EPA, a billionaire who’s never held a teaching credential or worked in education as the Secretary of Education, a racist elf as Attorney General, an oil company CEO as Secretary of State and a Goldman Sachs exec and notorious hedge-fund manager at the helm of the economy. To say that the swamp was drained, or that the best people were truly hired would be an outright lie. What has happened is a mockery to American politics, and genuinely dangerous to the ideas, values and position of global leadership that we hold so dear as Americans.

We are no longer leading the world into prosperity, we are leading ourselves back into the dark ages. We’ve isolated ourselves from the world and chosen to literally go backwards on environmental issues. We are the only nation on earth that has actually pulled out of a global agreement to at least try to reduce the impacts of industrialization and climate change. Our courts are being swayed in a manner which will tilt to the right on many issues, being influenced by religious beliefs instead of liberty and common sense. This administration has already issued religious freedom laws allowing for discrimination against homosexuals, tried to ban transgender people from joining the military, allowed employers to strip more than a million women of birth control coverage under the guise of religious freedom, starting kicking out immigrants, banning others from nations which practice a major religion, and more. We have an administration and a legislature which wants to strip Americans of health care rights, ramp up the war machine even more, continue to cut taxes for the wealthy and few else, raise the deficit, degrade the environment, turn back the clock on social issues and even get rid of the federal minimum wage and worker’s rights.

The administration’s collective policies, while apparently enough to get Trump elected President, are devoid of any real merit in most cases. Sure, even the blind squirrel eventually finds a nut and even a broken clock is right twice a day; statistically Trump can’t be wrong on all of the issues, and while I generally don’t agree with most of his policies, he does have a certain charm and ability to point out things which need to be changed. From the campaign trail to his 11th month in office, he’s still good at pointing out problems, but not yet at devising actual solutions and leading a nation, instead proving much more divisive. His brash, narcissistic personality and frequent outbursts on Twitter have devolved our government into a dysfunctional, grid-locked shit show. With one party in charge of the courts, legislative, and the executive branch – a clean sweep in American politics – they have been incapable of managing a single legislative victory. They could easily do it with immigration reform. Or even climate change legislation. They could silence their critics and work with Democrats on common sense issues that would unite the country in some way, but instead they are going after atrocious campaign promises and failed rhetorical pipe dreams.

Almost a year in, one party couldn’t even get their shit together enough to pass a health care law after claiming for seven years that they would “repeal and replace” Obamacare on Day 1. While Trump seemed shocked and bemused, even rhetorically asking “who knew healthcare could be so complicated?”. The GOP gave it another swing, and still missed the mark, opting for a plan that stripped coverage away from so many Americans that only the most loyal lap dogs in the legislature would approve it, forcing even moderate Republicans to vote against the bill to save face with their constituents who they would be directly screwing over. This, despite the fact that this was 100% their own bill with no amendments from the opposition party, very little debate, and on some cases without even waiting to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Now it’s onto tax reform, and while a deal is likely to get reached, the infighting in the Republican party is already picking back up to a frenetic pace, with more and more Senators and State Representatives rushing for the exit, choosing an early retirement over working in a Trump-led government. The man didn’t have to lead a nation, just one party to pass legislation and he can’t even do that, instead doing as much to divide the party as he has to divide this country.

Fittingly, just a couple of days ago, a handful of elections were held around the country in which Democrats won back positions they had held for years and won positions which had been Red for multiple cycles. In the Virginia state legislature, a “tsunami election” occurred in which Democrats wiped out a 32-seat Republican advantage to draw even and may eventually take control after all votes are finally tallied. A transgender woman unseated the very guy who wrote legislation which would strip her of rights and Chris Christie will get replaced by a Democrat. Across the board, it was a political bloodbath for the GOP. As the Trump administration proves to be completely inept and stricken with controversy, firings, prosecutions and deep rifts in the party only further exacerbated by social media outbursts, Trump and his cronies will be exposed for the frauds that they are; first and foremost, an administration which is detrimental to our standing and the world and the American people themselves.

Every deep, dark tunnel has a shining light at the end, and for this disastrous presidency it will hopefully result in the awakening of an entire generation to become politically active and create a government which actually works for the masses, based on core values of social justice, liberty for all and grassroots activism. The tide is already turning and with any luck, Trump will keep on performing just as poorly as he has in his first year and will inspire the same type of Tuesday night bloodbath that occurred in Virginia to happen on a national scale come next November and again in 2020.

2 comments

  1. Bold title! But I like it, and it made me read your post. Compliments to your writing style. I love how colorful and engaged it is, and I really like your use of proverbs! Interesting reading, and informative too. It is great how you use humor and exaggerations to point out a really serious matter. Thank you for a great post!

  2. I really admire your writing style; you write in a very visual way and manage to incorporate a lot of information and make dry facts come alive with your engagement. As Theresa commented, your title is bold – and it is so great! This is definitely the most entertaining piece on the orange self-admitted pussy grabber I have read so far!

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