Like lots of other folks, I watched the inauguration ceremonies; as is usual for this kind of thing, it kind-of dragged until noon. I found myself sympathizing with Barron Trump's fidgeting and yawning :)
As billed, President Trump's speech was not draggy! it clocked in at about 18 minutes and 1,454 words. Word-wise, it was 25% shorter than President Kennedy's inaugural.
Interestingly - and not unexpectedly - the first part sounded a lot like one of Trump's campaign speeches. I'm sure it's already being billed as unusually boisterous. To be fair to the man, he did try to be as inclusive as American custom demands - especially in his points about America unity precluding bigotry.
If you want to follow along, I'm using the New York Times transcript of his speech.
His speech was suffused with three themes:
Right out of the gate, after his opening thank-yous, he struck a clear note of challenge:
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.
Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.
Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.
That last sentence kicked off his first theme, Populism - anti-Washington populism. True to his campaign, he didn't stress power or abstract political metrics like centralization. He made this point using the pocketbook:
Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
See the note of division there? It continues in the same vein: he presented his victory as the People's victory, and the beginning of a new time when Washington disgorges some power that will wind up in the hands of the People.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of an historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
He gets back into campaign mode, decrying the
carnage that has ravaged America, and then makes this promise:
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
This part is the segue into his second theme. Interestingly, it touches on the third.
Again drawing on his campaign, he presents his Nationalism as an end to the times when America was bled abroad while too many of its citizens have suffered at home.
For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We've defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.
Yes, it's a good bet that he really did write this speech himself. :)
As with the Populism theme, this theme is structured as dark days to be followed by better days.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first. America first.
Consistent with his bread-and-butter approach, his
America First means protectionism, more attention to guarding the border and a rebuilding of America's infrastructure. Not much high principle, but you sure can say that he has his feet on the ground.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American. We will seek friendship and good will with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
America Firstwas an anti-war movement. He touches on a similar vision in the next part...
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.
...with one glaring exception. To the extent that President Trump becomes a neo-con, he'll focus on warring against radical Islamic terrorism.
Getting away from the war-growl, he moves into his third theme:
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity.
Interestingly, this theme contains his decryings against bigotry - and it starts off with a sutle dig at political correctness and SJWism:
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and most importantly, we will be protected by God.
All new Presidents speak for unity; it's part of the tradition. But Trump is very clear in tying unity to strength:
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the histories of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will lift our sights and heal our divisions. It's time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.
Significantly, he implies that America's strength has been drained by professional politicians. As consistent with his bread-and-butter approach, he focuses on how Americans from both sides of the tracks have common experiences and aspirations:
We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind-swept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky. They fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.
So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
You will never be ignored again. That's quite a promise, so much so that I have to peg it as sentiment. To the extent to which it's a culmination, Trump's populist vision - his vision of bringing back power to the people - implies that Big Government has been indifferent to the people.
Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you and God bless America! Thank you. God bless America.
Strong again! It's clear that his speech cannot be pegged as high-falutin'
What struck me most was the aggressiveness of the speech. Donald Trump has criticized neo-conservative nation-building, using a theme we've already encountered: America wasting blood and treasure while the domestic front has been allowed to rot. Interestingly, this theme is standard amongst anti-war liberals: people that are easy to peg as peace creeps. But in Trump's hands, there's no plaints about how many children could be fed if the military budget was cut by such-and-such. Despite his oft-professed aversion to war, despite his now-legendary criticism of the Iraq War, President Trump comes across as subtly bellicose.
If a war starts on his watch, I suspect it's gonna be a yuge one.
The American government overstepping its power is by no means anything new, but it's still as dangerous as it ever has been. If America feels as though it has the right to prosecute of a citizen other than their own, who has never even been within the US, no one is safe. The principle that America has the right to overpower the Mexican government in prosecution of Mexican criminals. Joaquin Guzman arrived in New York last night and is expected to face trial today. The charges he is facing within the US include drug trafficking, running a criminal organization, and murder. The prosecution also apparently has numerous witnesses set to testify against Guzman as well as physical evidence including drug seizures.
If you have watched the series Narcos on Netflix, then you are probably familiar with the manner in which the US fought for the extradition of numerous narco traffickers within South America from the 1980's up until the mid-1990's. It's irrelevant what crimes the actor has committed, and I am in no way saying that these individuals shouldn't face justice. But, forcing these individuals to face "justice" in a country other than their own and by people who are not their peers is simply an unethical and unfair to those individuals. America has interjected its beliefs and power into countless different countries around the globe, but a show of power like this is so dangerous when it is combined with the Mexican government's willingness to turn over their own citizens.
During the 80's rather than trying to halt US drug consumption, the US government attempted to focus their efforts on the drug kingpins within south America. Here's the thing that the US doesn't seem to like to talk about, 85% of the drugs produced by the kingpins in South America were consumed within America! Without the US consumption of drugs, the South American producers would not have had the ability to rise to the level in which they did. The same facts still hold true today. Without the consumption of drugs within the US, people like "El Chapo" would not have the ability to rise to the same power and influence that he was.
One of the best examples of the failure of the US drug war is the consumption and production of cocaine during the 80's and 90's. After Pablo Escobar's death in 1993, the amount of cocaine that enters the United States actually increased by 15%. This shows that trying to police your way out of this problem will never be the solution, if there is a demand to be met the supply will be there. The idea of using methods of force to curb drug condumtion have been proven to be ineffective.
As I have brought up in my last post, there are seven pillars for society. Every news story you hear (true or not) effects one or more of those pillars. When the influence of politics becomes corrupted or unbalanced that is when the pillars weaken.
Again, I am not here to tell you what is happening to them. You want to know, ask in the comments. The reality is that the political affiliation you hold may make you see the corruption or strengthening of the pillars whereas someone of the opposite affiliation may see something completely different. The fact is, we really will not know what the future holds. But, be aware, someone is right. If I believe that the pillars are weakening and you believe they are strengthening because you hold different political beliefs, one of us is right.
Also, issues that arise may effect multiple pillars, not just one. For example, the separation of church and state (one of the most misread quotes in history. It is not in the Constitution) effects multiple pillars.
So here we go.
Government is also known as the Law. Government is commonly used because it creates the law. Our government is easy. According to the Constitution, states have precedence over federal law. The only time federal law overrides is in times of war and interstate disputes. Law should not be confused with morality. The law states what is acceptable for our society, not what is moral. The big questions when it comes to government is the amount of participation (or interference) the federal government should have over state rights? Also, who should create law or regulation (congress or bureaucratic agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency)? The Affordable Care Act and Common Core are typically seen as governmental issues.
Family is defined as
a group consisting of parent(s) and children living together in a household (Google dictionary). The family's main purpose is to have children and raise them to be able to fit in to society. The family is also a moral compass. It is suppose to teach the children how, not only to live according to society's rules, but also to learn right from wrong. Political issues effecting the family would be crime, abortion, drug abuse, child abuse and gay marriage.
Business is also known as the economy. Economy is defined as
the production, distribution, or trade, and consumption of goods and services by different agents in a given geographical location (Google dictionary). This determines how much money we earn and from where (work or social programs) and where our jobs come from (service or manufacturing). Issues regarding business include environmental protection and regulation, tax reform, welfare reform, trade deals, the decline of the middle class, unemployment, the Affordable Care Act and illegal immigration.
Media has become far more complicated. It used to be where we got our news. In the old days, this came from television and radio news, newspapers and magazines. But now it comes from social media sites, cable news, main stream web sites and fringe websites. In the old days, news was neutral (this happen to who and when). Not so much anymore. News of both sides has become very partisan and is used to bring people to a particular political conclusion (MSNBC and Fox News are examples). The media effects all of the pillars depending on that source's political agenda. I feel this is a scary pillar.
the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university (Google dictionary). When we send our kids to school, we expect our kids to learn the basics (at least I do) such as math, reading and science. But we also expect our children to develop their belief systems and. preferably, with their own thoughts through the process of reasoning. Education is also suppose to make our children productive members of society who also understand how to meld into society. Issues Common Core, Charter Schools, voucher programs, crime, drug use, race, poverty and partisan (union or tenured) teachers.
Karl Marx said of religion:
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people
But, in society, it is the moral compass. Murder is wrong. Adultery is wrong. Children are the reason of marriage and they must be raised with the same belief system. Law is what is socially acceptable in society. Religion is what is morally acceptable to be a human being. Religion touches all the pillars. Issues involving religion include
separation of church and state, abortion and gay marriage.
Arts & Entertainment
Arts and entertainment is also known as the culture of the society. That includes art, literature, music, stage, movies and television shows. Though most stories you may hear do not involve the Arts and Entertainment pillar, this pillar has become very influential and there are not many actors that so not use their celebrity to express their opinions. With a lot of the population embracing Pop Culture (especially in the cities), this pillar has become very influential (and you really see that during the elections). This pillar can effect all of the other pillars through influence.
When watching the news or thinking about the direction of our civilization, think about these pillars. News stories can can confusing and random and their effects may not be clear. That goes also for the true state of our society. With this model, one can actually see how and what part of society is effected and reason can be used to come up with a conclusion.
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It is not the scandalous story of Josie which you can read here or on Wikipedia that interests me, but the fact that the image shows a lady holding a sword and looking at William L. Marcy an American statesman.
I do not know what the engraver had in mind when he designed the 1000 dollar certificate, but I am pretty sure women holding daggers/swords is not far fetched for our new president.
When it comes to changing the world, everyone thinks of violence, or a violent revolution. But that has never worked, nor it ever will. The last violent revolution (Communism) had caused the death of 100 million people worldwide, and has achieved little (Industrialization), which would have happened either way.
Every 100 years or so, recently the frequency has increased, a new paradigm shift happens. In ancient times, the invention of agriculture was a big deal, it transformed society from a family/tribal society, to a feudalistic monarchic society. Then a lot of time went by with no major breakthrough. Then the printing press came by, and suddenly people became more educated and opinionated, paving the way for democracy. Then the industrial revolution came, and eliminated aristocracy, but gave rise to a global oligarchy who has realized untold wealths, which gave rise to modern banking, and this corrupt financial system.
We are still under this industrialist system, but we are already 1 leg out of it. Because the invention of the internet, then Bitcoin, and then the whole decentralization paradigm shift, will be the new thing.
The new paradigm shift, will probably eliminate representative democracy, and institute direct democracy. Why not? What is the point of having politicians and big government , when technology already made them obsolete. It will also make the world more connected, and provide alternative income solutions, to those who will find their jobs replaced by robots in the next 10-15 years.
So this decentralization movement, is what humanity was meant to realize, over they whole existence. This is the real goal, not to look for Gods in the sky, and hope for a Heaven, but to actually create Heaven on Earth: peace and prosperity. This is the ultimate goal.
I may look like a mad dreamer now, but trust me, these ideas are very feasible. They won't be achieved by sword, but by intellect and peaceful cooperation between humans.
The current global power structure might look invincible, but we don't need to fight it. We just create another one, and if they join us and cooperate, then it's fine, and if they don't, then they become obsolete, because they fiat money is worth nothing. Either way we will achieve our objectives.
So let's make this happen! Steemit and other decentralized projects will be at the front of it.
Admittedly, I am an anarchist. I don't recognize some guy named Don Trump as my
ruler any more than the guy named Taro next door. The only difference between Trump and Taro is that Trump has billions of people around the globe hallucinating him to be some type of authority.
The police state will continue to expand, violations of property will continue to be written into legislation, and bombs will continue to fall on innocent skulls, blasting them into a thousand million tiny, gore-stained shards.
Civil Asset Forfeiture (read: cops taking your money at gunpoint without cause), more taxes, more partisan shouting drowning out the small, but all important voice that is in all of us...
Will Trump build a wall? Will he reinvent the
healthcare system? Will individuals in Mexico pay for it all?
Fuck. Who knows. Who cares?
Sure, these people called
government threaten my life, my family and friends, my dreams and aspirations. What can I do about it?
Subvert, disobey, disseminate the message of love, and live my life as free as humanly possibly within the constraints of my peers, place, and time here on this planet.
All the while, seeking always and rigorously to dismantle, damn, discredit, deluge and destroy all these contstraints down to the pits of a muddy and fiery hell reserved only for the most putrid ideas mankind has ever had, to be trampled underfoot by the peacemakers henceforth, and forever more.
government,is, by design, not.
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Today is the day that Donald Trump becomes the 45th Fuhrer, er, President of the United States. The post title (and accompanying image) is meant as click-bait, obviously. Though I'm not a fan, and I didn't vote for him, I don't think he's Hitler.
As with most aspects of life, there are pros and cons to his victory. Both those cheering and insisting that he'll
Make America Great Again (whatever that means) as well as those who lament his rise as the second coming of Adolf Hitler are profoundly mistaken, in this writer's humble opinion.
Living in Lefty Los Angeles (as an artist, no less), I've come to realize that if you don't hate Trump enough, you're a hateful person, somehow. (Irony is constantly lost on the fringe left.) As I didn't have a horse in the race, my reaction to the election was more
OHMYGOD! The world is ending! I thought it was stupid when the Right reacted that way to Obama, and I think it's stupid now with the Left doing it to Trump. Once again, I didn't vote for Trump, I never supported him, and in fact I don't like him very much. I've even made some anti-Trump art. (See below.) However, I do see a silver lining to his election.
Despite these pros, and my disdain for the Left, please don't make the mistake of calling me a right-winger. The Right is no better, and I've written about why you should not support the Republicans, here. A Trump presidency is not a win for small government, or a return to moral values, or whatever further nonsense the Right would have you believe. Here are some major cons to a Trump administration.
Despite these pros and cons, for me, the only thing that changes today is that my Left-leaning friends will accept me again while we both can criticize President Trump. I just wish they would have opened their eyes sooner. Below, I've included a post that one of my Lefty friends posted on Facebook. (I've removed the names for protection.) It outlines a few things Trump has done so far that she deems horrible. Some are true, some are not, but she pleads with all people, regardless of their political stance, to oppose Trump's rise.
My response is this: Where were you when Obama was blantantly governing by his
pen and his phone? Obama's dictatorial style of governance helped pave the way for this. And you said nothing. Did nothing. In fact, you licked his boots. Penn Jillette explained it perfectly, six years ago. You should oppose centralized power because sooner or later someone you don't like will take control. For the Left, that sooner has come. My hope for the Trump years is that more and more people will come to reject centralized political power, regardless of their political leanings. Only then can we have a liberal society.
As for Trump, he's not going to be Hitler, but he's not going to be the saviour of America, either. We actually have a couple of examples of wealthy, outsider liberal Republicans holding office: Michael Bloomberg in New York City and Arnold Schwarzenegger in California. So yeah, we're screwed.
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I believe in political solutions to political problems. But man's primary problems aren't political; they're philosophical. Until humans can solve their philosophical problems, they're condemned to solve their political problems over and over and over again. It's a cruel, repetitious bore.
We are at a point in history where such things as total war, state-enforced racism, overt colonialism and the destruction of other cultures, full participate in the political process only available to men, so on and so forth, are no longer acceptable. But how did we get here? Some say it is a gradual, evolutionary process, that comes mostly through education and the slow dispersion of raised awareness - I suggest that it is so, yes, but this process has required catalysts of horrific crimes against humanity and violent domestic social unrest, where people have been willing to sacrifice their freedom, even their very lives to affect change.
NOTE: STEEMIT 'is' action, it is is not just talk .. its very existence and our daily participation, is a revolution in-progress!
We have a lot to thank the 60s for, but the kids these days think it was mostly about new music, fucking and smoking dope. We have to remember that only a few years before this revolution, atomic weapons were used on Japanese civilians, twice, 'after' The War was effectively already over - the majority of Americans at that time had absolutely no problem with that.
The end of slavery was the result of bloody conflicts, between England and Spain as well as the Civil War in the United States. Racial equality was a longer process, culminating in the Civil Liberties movement of the 1960s, which coincided with anti-colonial revolutions in Africa and in Asia.
Vietnam was one such revolution - people have been made very confused about the beginnings of the Vietnam war. The original purpose behind the movement by the Vietnamese people, was to push the French colonials out of their country and regain control of their land, so that the impoverished and indentured plantation workers could have life-sustaining land of their own.
Ho Chi Minh, as seen above, attempted since 1919 to ask the Western Powers to help the Vietnamese people in their struggles against the French occupier. France had violently invaded and through many episodes of mass murder, took control of Vietnam in 1858. Later, as the revolution gained momentum, Ho Chi Minh penned a letter to President Kennedy, again asking for help .. trying to find common ground with the US, as a fellow nation who had thrown off their colonial oppressors.
Between the carpet bombing along the Cambodian border (which created Pol Pot's extremism in that country), the use of napalm against civilians, the torture, the summary executions, the many massacres that have come to light since the end of that war (Mai Lai was not the only one of course) .. what we see in Vietnam and the violent, as well as non-violent resistance, that resulted back home in the United States, and around the world, we hoped we would have seen the last of the
old world wars. Old world war, meaning that it was driven by racist ignorance and that the population of the target nation was fair game. It was not until near the end of that war that people were demanding justifications for civilian deaths, and now this is a widely held concern and something that politicians and military leaders must be very mindful of. NOT NEARLY ENOUGH of course, but progress has most definitely been made.
The vast majority of South Africans had suffered racist treatment, a lack of rights, and horrible abuse since the arrival of their foreign masters. The apartheid system came into being in 1948, it was basically an amplification and formalization of previously existing racist government policies. It was not until the anti-colonial, sexual and racial equality movements that gained real momentum in the 1960s, did the world begin to turn its condemnation toward South Africa, but what had really spurred this was the Sharpeville Massacre March 21, 1960, when approx 6000 people gathered to protest the policies, and 69 of them were shot and killed.
Despite the violent resistance on the part of the ANC's military wing (African National Congress), which existed since 1923, it is interesting to note that what finally brought it to an end, was not the world-wide phenomena of anti-apartheid concerts, or UN sanctions, being
officially condemned by the leaders of other nations ..
.. it was the boycotts, both world-wide and domestically, that finally pushed the white elites to
Beyond the world-wide boycott of South African goods, more importantly and more impact-ful was the domestic South African boycott movement, where blacks chose not to buy from shops owned by whites. Instead of being refused entry, they refused to enter! How beautiful a thing is that!?
The conclusion is this, there are thingst that CAN BE DONE, but something actually BEING DONE is absolutely required. Waiting for change, seeing it as inevitable with the growth of awareness .. it might not be wrong, but we have never seen that in history - it has always occurred when people chose to act, or to act by very consciously refusing to participate.
Not necessary violent .. but still 'there'! So, if you do not want to blow something up you can always make yourself be counted, by being uncountable. But a peaceful march down in a rich neighborhood .. occupying Wall Street for a time .. sadly, this won't do shit. It might make the few remaining blissfully ignorant raise their head and wonder .. is something wrong, I didn't know anything was wrong!? But we all know that everyone knows, the question is .. what to DO about it?
Donald Trump was inaugarated as the 45th President of the United States, on the 20th of January, 2017.
Many of you are scared are probably scared about the repurcussions, and what will happen. The best thing we can do, is wait, and see what will happen. If you live outside of the USA, you should not worry about this, as this should not affect you very much, but if you live inside of the USA, expect many changes. Donald Trump will not wage war on Syria, or North Korea, as there are many military leaders that will stop that from happening, but nothing stops him from, say, rolling back Obama Care. There are going to be many interesting changes, but I encourage you to not worry.
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It is said the most common characteristic of 3rd world countries is they have no manufacturing base. In order to subsidize, or really create any type of domestic manufacturing at all, Trump has to reduce the value of the dollar to benefit exports in relation to currencies like the yuan. Either that or completely fence off America so that it's not even possible to buy external goods, but most nations rely on imports whether it's energy or things like rubber from Asia.
The current majority of international trade and forex occurs using USD somewhere in the pipeline. Unless the US prints a lot of money, or foreign countries switch to denominating trade in other assets, it's very difficult to bring the value of the USD down in relation to the other garbage fiats. That's the whole catch with being a reserve currency, you're required to export more currency than you bring in (a trade deficit and implosion of domestic manufacturing).
The only way Trump can
make America great again is to destroy the dollar, China style centralized devaluation, print dollars to infinity with hyperinflation, or some other tactic mentioned above like completely fencing off America. High tariffs essentially accomplish goals like that in practice, fencing off the country, but they usually start currency wars where the usual endgame is using metals as a common unit of account, or having a real war. In this case, whatever it is Trump attempts will likely be very bullish for metals in some manner since it's a race to the bottom with every country trying to get their fiat to zero as fast as possible before giving up and using gold anyway.
Some have theorized US currency would be switched into two different units with a new domestic only dollar to bypass the whole currency war devals. Such a tactic would likely only help the bankers implement the SDR to take over the world with the SDR as the unit of account. Under such a scenario, instead of America living beyond their means by having the reserve currency and paying with everything on credit that they devalue to nothing and everyone else bearing the cost, we would have an even worse situation where instead of a country benefiting from this arrangement, it's just a handful of bankers at the IMF/BIS that benefit while everyone else eats the tab - a de facto state of world government and loss of sovereignty.
The moral of the story is, beware of the domestic only dollar.
My fellow Americans,
We have our 45th President whether you are happy or not. (I don't care if you want to call him your President or not)
The inauguration went just fine, (in fact kind of nice) without some of the celebrities that didn't perform and without those who didn't attend. Mrs. Trump was beautifully dressed. People expressed their Freedom.
Some of my left friends were posting about marching tonight or tomorrow, and they were giving each other tips on how to remain peaceful and safe. Most of them will remain completely non-violent and just march to show their disapproval. How is that any worse than posting on Steemit or Facebook or any other way you are expressing your opinion?
We are not broken! The system might feel ugly, the media may want us to see the nastiness of a few. I saw mostly examples of friends disagreeing but over topics, not personal attacks.
People are just expressing their interest and concern in their own ways. We have achieved a peaceful transfer of power. (yes, with a lot of snarkiness)
No matter what side of the political fence you are on, today is a new chapter in our history and some are feeling apprehensive and uncertain. How this will play out on a national or global scale no one knows. The one thing you can count on is that you can make your own change by being involved in your local community and advocating for the cause that you are passionate about. I have volunteered non-profits for most of my life (domestic violence advocacy, homeless organizations, Special Olympics, emergency housing, at risk youth organizations) and the one thing I know one is . . . the sitting President does not affect LOCAL change. You and I are the soldiers for our local communities and sometimes just the simplest act can make a huge difference. We can make change through volunteer organizations, running for local offices, and simply being a good example to others.
In Seattle, the non-profit I volunteered for was partnered with a Homeless Coalition One Night Count that does a head count one night a year to assess how many people are homeless in Seattle, and the numbers are stunning. In 2015, over 3000 people were found living outside (bridges, doorways, wooded areas) and 6000 people in transitional homeless shelters/houses. That is an insane amount and even more insane is that 500 of these people were under the age of 18.
President Obama was not able to put a dent in the homeless population in Seattle and it has continued to rise every year. How would he be expected to, given that most major US cities have similar problems and he had many other issues to deal with as a sitting president? What did actually make a difference was the countless non-profits and all of the volunteers that put time in to doing what they could in their local neighborhood to end homelessness. There is even a non-profit just to collect and pass out socks to the homeless, one of the most coveted things to have on the streets are clean and dry socks. One could argue that a President can
create jobs to get these people working, but I can tell you the people that actually help them find jobs and keep them are the many volunteers and employees working in those organizations.
What are your concerns and how can you help?
-Concerned about immigrants being deported under the new President?
There are many organizations you can get involved in that advocate for their rights, Immigration Advocates Network is a great place to start to see what you can do on a local level. Local churches are another great resource to call to find out if there are immigrants in the community that need food, clothing, etc.
-Concerned about Women's rights, Civil rights, LGBT rights? Many organizations exist in your local area that you can get involved with and advocate for the cause of your choice. Other ways to make change with the above is to set an example in your local community and stand up against hatred or injustice.
Before leaving Seattle I ran for a seat on a neighborhood community council board in the downtown area and became Chair of the local/social issues committee. On that board of 20 people were also transportation, zoning, and other committees. We advocated for our local neighborhood of 56,000 people. Whether it was addressing a local crime issue, advocating for homeowners about zoning, attempting to keep a school for special needs children open, or getting the flowers approved for the sidewalks, we were the voice of the locals. Not one of these issues would be addressed by a US President. Did things still get done? Yes.
Now more than ever, young people in their 20's and 30's should start running for these seats in their local communities. It was paramount to have voices under 50 on the board to make sure to represent every type of person from all stages of life. Not only do you directly affect change in your local community it is a valuable piece for your resume and leadership experience.
CHURCHES! I am not affiliated with any religion but over the years I have learned from working with non-profits that churches are an excellent resource. Often they will know of certain people, families, children, or groups that need something in particular. Many churches are constantly holding some sort of drive where you can donate food or clothing. Churches usually keep a roster of non-profits in your local area as well. Churches are sometimes the only resource to find out about those in need in your area especially in small population areas. Just an overall great resource.
Idealist Volunteer Network - one of my favorite online sites to find volunteer needs in your area. You can select what kind of issue you are interested in and you can find long term or short term volunteer positions.
VolunteerMatch.org - another excellent online searchable database of volunteer opportunities near you.
I know not everyone has the time to give to non-profits, or time to become involved in local politics so do not feel bad. If you do have the time, and are passionate about a particular issue, then get involved. It is extremely rewarding, especially when you see that you can actually create change and make a difference in your immediate environment. Big government politics become irrelevant when you see what you can do in your neighborhood. It is all of these small changes on local levels that can meld together into much bigger change on a national and global level.
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This is a matter I feel strongly about, and I am shocked by Trump's blatant ignorance to, I think, what is the world's biggest issue. Climate change is a problem that affects us all, and will sentence us to our doom if not dealt with now.
so many dangerous greenhouse gases are pumped into our atmosphere
Personally, I find it crazy that Donald Trump finds it fitting to repeal the Climate Change act:
Once this act is put into place, all the restrictions previously posed on the gas and oil industry, and power plants, will be lifted, meaning they get to pump many more fumes into our already delicate atmosphere.
it can't be ignored, rising sea levels, and changes in the climate...
I do strongly hope that someone in Congress, or Donald himself, will get some sense knocked into them...
This was a great speech for all Americans, here is the transcript so you can quote it as well.
Full Transcript as posted on Breitbart:
The following is the complete text of President Donald J. Trump’s inaugural address delivered on January 20, 2017.
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day. This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over.
Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America
Here is a great picture of the crowd attending the swearing in ceremony.
It will only make you angry right now. Just because an idiot has a voice doesn't make him right.
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This Guy Means Business. Mr. President
This well-written article tickled my funny bone. Joel Golby explores the meaning of the latin letters behind Trump, and the mention of a
Winter White House, among other questions raised by the photo and tweet.
Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago. Looking forward to Friday. #Inauguration
How do I know there is nothing on that notepad when I cannot see the page of the notepad? How can I see so firmly make a judgement call that there are no markings on that page? Hands, people: You only tilt a notepad like that when there's no plans written on it and you're trying to shield that information from the American people, or when you are in an exam and you don't want anyone copying your work.
You can try to tell me that, just out of shot, there aren't three extremely hairy dudes in matching piss-yellow towels, steaming together, but I'm not going to believe you. There is definitely a large bald dude vigorously, vigorously drying his balls in the same room as this photo is being taken.
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