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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Our New President: The First Week*

Oh boy!  Our new President has finished his first week in power!  Let’s see what he has accomplished so far!

Well, he spent most of the week scribbling his John Hancock on a bunch of proclamations which made good on many of his campaign promises to alter, dismantle and/or otherwise scuttle previous cherished American values.  He signed an awful lot of executive orders which he made sure to do in front of reporters with cameras and television feeds, and of course his posse of supporters who would be obliged/paid to applaud his every breath.

These orders started the ball rolling to repealing the Affordable Care Act (AKA in their twisted minds as Obamacare); start building the wall between the law-abiding US and the rapists and murderers (his words) in Mexico; and generally make life miserable for anyone who believes in Islam.   At least that’s what HE thought he was doing.

In actuality he did fulfill one campaign promise:  he pissed off a lot of people.

Many of the pissed off persons took to the streets of America for the second straight weekend in a month.  Keep in mind that the new president has only been in power for two straight weekends, but no fair drawing the conclusion that the two events are a direct cause and effect of the other.  No, rather as they say in the universe of alternative facts, the two events are a mere coincidence.

Many people, some of whom have been walking the streets of America in the last few weeks, have undoubtedly noticed that these executive orders did not have to go through the legislative branch of the federal government for their blessing.  This is very curious.  When the last president signed executive orders, the legislative branch howled their objections that he was over reaching his authority.  Now with their adorable, bouncing baby new president, they call his orders a return of balance.   Okay, let’s agree to label our new president someone akin to a dictator and label Congress as a group of hypocrites.

Hey, it works for me!

So, America, shall we take the new president’s executive orders and display them proudly on the doors of our refrigerators as if they were created by our oh-so-bright offspring at school?  Or should we take them to the streets and burn them to warm the fires of a growing resistance to his decidedly un-American ideas.   

Hmmm, what to do?

Either we get larger refrigerators to display all of the new president’s doodles, or we warm our hands over the protest fires.  Either way, it won’t be enough to halt the regression now afflicting our cherished values.

Well, I can hardly wait for the second week.   NOT!

*Cue Shakespearean thunderclap sound effect and John Williams flourish of heart stopping string crescendo.

(Thank you for reading.  Ushers will now pass the collection plate for the cause of your choice.)


Blogger Raybeard said...

Our news is dominated by our Prime Minister's absence of condemnation for D.T.'s banning of entry from those born in the seven (so far)listed Muslim-majority countries - which actually catches our current greatest Olympian Mo Farah, national treasure, born in Somalia, living in U.S.A. but at the moment in this country, now wondering if he'll be allowed back to be with his family.

Large petition now (over half million in a few hours) to get Mrs May to revoke her invitation (on behalf of H.M. The Queen) to Mr & Mrs D.T. to come here on a state visit.

And that picture of the two of them holding hands at the White House, even though we know he took her hand because HE'S 'afraid' of gradients(!), is something which is going to haunt her for the rest of her career. It could even be toxic in the same way that Blair's camaraderie with Dubya is something that even to this day he's never been able to shake off.

And as you imply, Heaven only knows what the coming week may bring. One can't even say "At least it's not going to be boring" because I surmise that 'boring' would be far more acceptable.

January 29, 2017 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...


January 29, 2017 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

Update re Mo Farah being 'locked out' of U.S.A. - due to some, erm, 'clarification' he's now among those for whom the ban does not apply. Apparently one has to be actually travelling FROM one of the listed countries. Also, I understand that 'green card' holders are similarly exempt. Would have helped if D.T. had consulted and taken advice before he went off at half-cock.

Number petitioning for the D.T. invite to be withdrawn now over 900,000. I shouldn't be surprised if it exceeds 2 or even 3 million in a few days time.

January 30, 2017 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Dave R said...

Don't worry, democracy will survive, the GOP and Trump? Absolutely not. I wouldn't be surprised if 18 months from now he's living in exile in some god forsaken Slovakian country.

January 30, 2017 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Fearsome Beard said...

I've started donating to the ACLU and taking Excedrin.

January 31, 2017 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Thank you Raybeard for your thoughts, and apologies for not responding sooner, I believe your prediction has come true regarding the petition signatures. The last I heard I think it had topped 3 million. As for consulting with someone (any one!) before he goes off half-cocked...he would not be who he is if he did that.

Thank you Dave R. for your comment. Something is sure to break within 18-24 months in time for the mid-term elections.

Thank you Fearsome Beard for your thoughts. I've been a supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center for 18 years.

February 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

Re: Petition on proposed D.T. visit to U.K.
Latest figures:-
Stop him - just over 1.8 million
Let him come - just under 0.25 million.

Our Prime Minister is determined it should go ahead. We'll have to give her reason to think again, if only for reasons of public safety as huge demonstrations will be assured.

February 2, 2017 at 1:38 AM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Oh well, Raybeard. The demonstrations might make for some interesting television viewing, as long as no violence breaks out.

February 4, 2017 at 9:30 PM  

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