Every day, the Trump administration’s actions get more outrageous, more boneheaded, and meaner. They seem to have no shame in how low they will go to destroy an entire nation. They care nothing about the American people or what they want or need; they have no respect for the Constitution, are contemptuous of basic human or civil rights, they are without a shred of empathy or kindness, and seem intent on bringing what’s left of our system crashing down and leaving everyone who isn’t part of the 1% (or white) without a voice, without freedom, without healthcare, without education, without clean air or water, but heavily controlled, deceived, and policed instead. They seem to be fostering ignorance, intolerance, divisiveness, and hatred. Every day it seems to get worse. This administration has not done one thing that benefits the vast majority of Americans, and every decision they have made has been stupid, or evil, and usually both.
According to experts, we no longer even qualify as a democracy; in fact, the other day I read an article saying that we have dropped to 21st in the Democracy Index, between Italy and Japan. As of 2016, we are categorized now as a “flawed democracy” but I’d say even that’s way too generous. Since Trump took office, I would say by now we have sunk even lower that that. The next category down is “hybrid regime” (common in much of Eastern Europe, and some African and South American countries), and then “authoritarian” (Russia, China, North Korea, much of Africa, and most of the Middle East). We seem to be emulating Russia, one of the most authoritarian regimes in the world — and we have a president who may well have committed treason by involving Russia in the election. We are becoming one of the most hated countries in the world, if not the most hated. Trump’s actions against immigration are not making us safer; they are actually making us far more vulnerable to attack, not only by angering other countries, but by alienating us from our allies (such as Mexico) so they may refuse to step in and help if we need them.
I know lately I’ve been writing a lot about the political situation because it’s everywhere — and has taken over my mind. The other day, TIME Magazine had an article about a PTSD-like condition that has become epidemic ever since Trump was elected. Here is another article I found (there are many others):
I remember asking my therapist if there was something wrong with me because I was getting so depressed and obsessing so much over the political situation. In fact, he said that most of his clients are very upset and some are finding it difficult to function. Our mental health really is is suffering, especially those of us already suffering from PTSD, C-PTSD and other trauma based conditions.
Rather than just writing about it all the time, I’m finally getting involved. Besides attending the March for Science on Earth Day (April 22), I’m attending an ACA (Obamacare) Rally here in my city on February 25th. I’ve become a member of the Indivisible Movement, a movement that is growing as fast or faster than the Tea Party did. It seems better organized and more focused than Occupy and doesn’t seem like it will fizzle out or be silenced anytime soon, or at all. Joining the Resistance makes me feel better; it makes me feel like I’m making a difference and my voice is being heard.
I urge everyone who agrees that this administration is evil and cares nothing about anything but stripping away everything good this country once stood for to join the Indivisible movement and attend any rallies or Town Hall Meetings in your area. It costs nothing to get involved.
Here is their website, where you can download their guide or ask questions.