For your Facebook Friends who support Trump

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I found this on Facebook, and it seemed to be full of the common claims I see from Trump supporters. There was just so much to unpack here, I thought I’d go through it claim by claim. To be fair, this was written in November, so we did not know how many more votes Hillary received than Trump, but we still knew it was more.

Let’s start with the first one:

“Maybe start by telling them [your children] not to act like you with all the name calling, hateful rhetoric, and false accusations.”

Wait, is he talking about how we act in front of our children or how Trump acts in front of his supporters? Anyway.

“Donald Trump did not win because his supporters, myself included, are racist, sexist bigots.”

I know many Trump supporters feel this way, but to them I ask this:

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It all comes down to enabling and what the implications of enabling are.

In the instance of the bakery, a situation we have seen often in the media as of late, specifically Indiana (here’s lookin’ at you, Pence), many conservatives backed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Pence instated. This Act, if you are unfamiliar, let’s family owned businesses deny services to patrons if the act of servicing them goes agaisnt their religious beliefs. Why though, would proving service to gay person, for example, go agaisnt your religious beliefs? In the case of the bakery, why would baking a cake for gay wedding be agaisnt your religious beliefs? What’s the connection of baking a cake for a gay wedding and the gay wedding itself? Because baking the cake is indirectly participating, and by extension, enabling the wedding to happen, and the wedding is what goes agaisnt said beliefs, therefore, your baking of the cake enables the gay wedding, and what beliefs behind the wedding. Would it not logically follow that your voting for someone who is a racist, sexist bigot, means you are enabling racist and sexiest bigotry, because that’s the beliefs behind the man?

I find the only way to argue agaisnt this is to reject the premise that the someone is not a racist, sexist bigot, and quite frankly, that is a whole new can of worms (that I will gladly open in another post soon).

He won because people can see that [1] our economy is not growing,  [2] our borders and laws are not enforced or respected, [3] our salaries are not increasing, [4] our working class jobs are disappearing, [5] our immigration and refugee programs are out of control.

That’s a lot of claims without evidence. So let’s get some.

Claim #1: Our economy is not growing.
Though ‘economy’ and ‘growing’ are extremely vague terms, the numbers seem to point that it is, indeed, growing.

Claim #2: Our borders and laws are not enforced or respected.
Again, very vague. Law wise, we have never had more police officers employed in the history of the country (900,000), and more people in prisons than any other country (2.2 million).

Borders wise, Obama has doubled the amount of Board Patrol agents since he was elected, putting the number at 20,000. Either way, we need illegal immigrants for the stability of our economy.

Claim #3: Our salaries are not increasing.
In reality, Salaries have not risen since 1973, with the exception of the 1%, their wages have risen by %138 (compared to the %15 increase of the rest of the population). As you know, the gap between the middle class and the richest americans has only increased substantially in the past 40 years.

Claim #4: Our working class jobs are disappearing.
Indeed, they are decreasing, but that is due to technology. We are in a technological revolution. Trump recognized this, and used the promise to bring back these jobs to gain the blue collar vote, but unfortunately, these jobs are not coming back.

Claim #5: Our immigration and refugee programs are out of control.
This is just flat out wrong. America has one of, if not the most, strictest vetting programs for refugees in the world. I’m not quite sure what the OP is getting at in regards to immigration, but immigrants only make up about 26% of the population.

Now the next batch of claims,

“[6] He won because most Americans believe our constitutional rights are more important than allowing a boy to use a girl’s bathroom. [7] He won because more people support our police, military, and flag than support anti-cop, anti-America movements. [8] He won because Obamacare has been an utter disaster filled with lies, deceit, and skyrocketing costs. “

Before I even break down these claims, it’s important to note that each one begins with “he won because more Americans…” granted, this facebook post was written on the day after the election, but we now know that Trump lost the popular vote by 2.8 million, therefore, “more americans believe/support” is no longer a valid argument, because it was not the majority of americans.

Claim #6: He won because most Americans believe our constitutional rights are more important than allowing a boy to use a girl’s bathroom.
I don’t really see the comparison here. What do constitutional rights have to do with restrooms? Are they mutually exclusive? Though it’s been a hot topic and it may seem America quite divided on the subject, majority of Americans oppose anti-transgender bathroom laws.

Claim #7: He won because more people support our police, military, and flag than support anti-cop, anti-America movements.
This claim is unsubstantiated. Considering the current climate of police politics, between the BLM movement, increasing scrutiny of  our police departments, and the Chicago Police Department review…. It’d be hard to make the above claim, or even an opposing claim, as the climate is changing everyday.

Claim #8: He won because Obamacare has been an utter disaster filled with lies, deceit, and skyrocketing costs.
Regardless if you feel that the Affordable Care act is a disaster or simply needs fixing, majority of Americans do not want it repealed. If the Republicans had something to replace it with, it’s possible that could change. If the ACA be repealed, however, people will die. Thousands.

“He won the election of our Democratic Republic fairly, according to our election laws.”

This is true, but I just wanted to remind everyone that majority of Americans did not vote for him. He did not win because more Americans agree with him, he simply one because of the Electoral College system, which takes away power from urban areas and gives more power to rural areas.

“Give him a chance, just as we gave Barack Obama his.”

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I’m sorry, like you gave Obama a chance? haha, okay.

Alright, so, hopefully this has addressed the common claims you hear from Trump supporters. I need to walk away from the computer after the executive orders that were just signed today.

May the Force be with us.

-General Organa

Trump didn’t want you to hear about this.

Over the weekend, the Trump administration made a lot of moves, many of which were accompanied by photo shoots and press releases. But there were things the Trump Administration did that they hoped would go unnoticed.

The Texas Voter ID Law.

Every court this law has been put in front of has found it unconstitutional, and some even went as far as to say it had “racially discriminatory intent“.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with voter ID laws, their goal is to make it more difficult for those who are legally able to vote to actually vote. These laws make it so that you must have photo IDs and other documents to vote onsite. Defenders of such laws will tell you it is to deter voter fraud, but voter fraud, in reality, is no where near the issue Trump has made it out to be (his claims are entirely unsubstantiated).

These laws are, undisputedly, created to cause immigrants, racial minorities, and young people, all traditionally left leaning voters, to not be able to vote, even though they legally are eligible to.

The Texas Voter ID Law has been found unconstitutional by federal courts time and time again.

This law was supposed to be up for review by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but over the weekend, the Trump Administration DoJ (Department of Justice) asked to postpone the review, so that they would have time to prepare to potentially switch sides and defend the law.

Thankfully, the SCOTUS has denied the appeal hearing entirely.

But there is still something to take away from this.

Trump’s administration slyly tried to postpone the review of an undisputedly racist law, so that they could potentially defend it. Had the SCOTUS honored their request, it is very possible we would have seen the DoJ defend said law.

There is a reason the request was not publicly announced until after lawyers caught on.

The Trump Administration, just days into their new reign, were very likely plotting to pursue an unconstitutional and racist law.

May the Force be with us.

-General Organa

Trump reinstates ‘Mexico City Policy’

screen-shot-2017-01-23-at-7-33-31-pmOne day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade ruling, Trump, via an executive order, reinstated the ‘Mexico City Policy,’ also known as the Global Gag Order.

This policy, originally devised by Ronald Reagan, disallows US funding of any foreign nongovernmental institutions that provide information about abortion to women (to put it simply). If you’re not quite sure what that means, essentially the US cannot fund places in other countries that are similar Planned Parenthood here, for example. Clinton revoked it in the 90s, Bush brought it back, and Obama struck it down again in his first term, so this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about it.

But the simple fact is, this policy endangers women’s lives, especially the most vulnerable women in poorer countries that already have less access to healthcare and family planning, and does nothing to deter abortions. In fact, it may lead to more abortions.

First things first, we know that despite abortion being legal or not, abortion rates across the globe are fairly similar. In essence, countries that have outlawed abortions, and countries that have kept abortion legal, have comparable abortion rates.

What can we glean from this? Women will have abortion, whether it is legal or not. Anti-abortion laws do not deter abortions. Either we are going to offer safe abortions, or we are going to put women’s lives in danger. There is no in between.

This policy, however, is not directly attacking abortions abroad, but that’s the point: it’s indirectly (if not slyly) defunding institutions that very likely preform safe abortions, not just offer family planning services or women’s healthcare services. It’s important to note that no US government funding goes toward abortions. Past studies have found that after Bush reinstated the policy in 2001, it had crippling affects on these institutions around the world, causing some to close their doors permanently or drastically limit their services.

It’s strikingly similar to the US defunding its own Planned Parenthood: you’re not just taking away women’s access to safe abortions, you’re taking away women’s (and men’s) healthcare, sex education, and women’s safety.

If we “stand with PP,” we shouldn’t forget the other women of the world. We need to stand by them, as well, and their own family planning institutions. By reinstating this policy, we put their lives in danger, and in all honestly, may be causing more abortions around the world than decreasing them.

May the Force be with us.

-General Organa

For my fellow Millennials,

When I was younger, I thought that we had been born in The Future™. We were going to have flying cars and teleportation pads. It was going to be shinning and new: blindingly bright. Everything barbaric and unjust was behind us. We had reached a new stretch in human history, in science, in technology, in human rights, and we were born just in time to see this new, glittering age.

As children heading into the new millennia, we grew. We were taught about slavery and were appalled. We thought, how could people ever be so cruel? We were taught about the women’s suffrage movement and we shook our heads. Again, we thought, how could people have ever treated each other that way? We saw videos of the Civil Rights movement and scratched our heads, how could people ever oppose that? History was so obviously black and white; it was so obviously full of rights and wrongs, of heroes and villains.

We learned all this and thought, ‘we are so lucky to be born into this new millennium, where all the injustice is behind us. We are beyond that. Women are equal. African Americans are equal. Love is equal. The fight for equality is over.’

History looked at us in awe. We were blindingly bright.

As we got older, the illusion faltered. The towers fell. A war began. Suddenly the air we had known all our lives tasted stale and hostile. On the news, they kept saying that word we had never heard before.

Terrorist.

I think, for many of us, that was when it happened. The blindingly bright picture of The Future ™ shattered, and as we tried to pick up the pieces to put it back together, nothing quite fit as it once had.

Suddenly, we knew we weren’t born in The Future™. We were born in The Present™, a time just as faulted and flawed as the history we had grown to abhor.

In the end, I think, this is why we, as a generation, will always fight. We will fight against inequality, against hatred, against fear, because we saw the mistakes of the past, and we immediately recognized them as mistakes. We saw history as it was and should remain: history.

And so, we know we were not born in The Future™. We were not born in a perfect, shinning time, where everyone has equal opportunity, where people do not fear someone different from them, where hatred of others has vanished.

We recognize that, so we will fight like hell to make our present that blindingly bright future.