Yes, this is another political rant. Because it’s relevant to my life and the livs of my disabled/Autistic comrades.
Barack Obama, our 44th president, paved the way, and opened many doors for us.
*Same sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states.
*He signed legislation making it illegal to discriminate against LGBTQIA people.
*He wanted universal healthcare for all.
*He wanted to expand both Social Security and Medicare.
*He lowered interest rates so that more people could afford to buy homes.
*He made the Affordable Care Act the law of the land. No, it’s not perfect, and it is fixable, but it should NOT be taken away again.
*He was working to bring back community policing.
*And childcare for single working mothers.
*He did away with the subminimum inhumane wages that employers were getting away with paying Disabled people and did much to improve the rights of Disabled people, and strengthen the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Now, unfortunately, a *creature* has taken over who threatens all of this and even more devastating actions that will threaten the lives of poor people, Muslims, Disabled people, elderly people, veterans, women, People Of Color, LGBTQIA people, and even the very fabric of our Constitution itself.
Even freedom itself.
I refuse to let that creature win. I will die fighting him.
I will fight for our Democratic party to rise up and become our party again.
Though i am not able to give financially, or march in protests, i can still speak out as long as i have the internet and a computer.
I am a proud progressive liberal who will not rest until i see the above things i listed be the law of the land.
The rich and wealthy should all be made to pay more taxes, because they can afford it—-so that all of us can have decent lives who otherwise would not be able to have decent lives. Poor people. Elderly people. Disabled people. Veterans. Children.
So that our aging and crumbling infrastructure can be repaired and rebuilt.
So that this nation can become a place where all of us can be truly free to pursue life, liberty, happiness, and success.
So that our nation will become truly inclusive of everyone, whether Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Agnostic, Atheist, heterosexual, LGBTQIA, People Of Color, Disabled, Elderly, children, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and so on.
I will not stop fighting for these things, because we have come a long way.
And i’m not going to lie; we still have a long way to go.
But we cannot afford to go back to things the way they were before Barack Obama became our 44th and best president, ever.
We cannot afford to go back to the way things were before we had a good social safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.
We cannot allow this creature to wall us in and prevent people from coming to The United States Of America to have a better life.
We also cannot ignore the racism, violence, racial profiling, and murders of Black people that is still continuing to happen.
So we fight.
And we fight as hard as we can. Doing what we can do and are able to do.
We cannot let that authoritarian creature win.
And one year later, now that the neon orange creature has been here one full year, he has worked to dismantle many of the good things Obama did for us.
*He took us out of the Paris Climate Accord.
*He has managed to piss off every one of our allies, and alienating us from these countries for the first time ever.
*He has dismantled the Iran Agreement.
*He has dangerously escalated tensions between us and North Korea, and now, for the first time since WWII, we face the threat of nuclear annihilation.
*He has repeatedly come to the defense of Neo-Nazi, and white supremacist groups who are hell bent on violence towards those who are Jewish, Muslim, and PoC.
*He enacted a racially motivated travel ban against seven Middle Eastern countries, even though none of them pose any threat to our country.
*He tried, unsuccessfully, to ban transgender people from serving in our military.
*He has dismantled hundreds of Federal protections for LGBTQ people, PoC, Seniors, Disabled people, veterans, food safety, and our environment itself.
*He signed a tax bill that is set to go off a like a bomb within two years or less, and start hurting, gravely hurting, those who are poor children, PoC, veterans, disabled, elderly and middle class people. The rich and wealthy? Will never be affected by this Draconian tax scam bill—in fact, they will prosper even more, off the backs of all the rest of us.
*He is set to dismantle net neutrality
*He is set to dismantle heating assistance for poor people.
*He wanted to do away with Meals On Wheels for seniors, also. I don’t know if he has succeeded in doing that or not.
*He has tried several times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, plus gut Medicaid for over 800 million poor, elderly, and disabled Americans.
*He has cruelly ignored the plight of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the tiny island, instead, he mocked them and mocked and then snubbed the mayor of San Juan. He thought it was “cute” to stand there and throw rolls of paper towels into a crowd of Puerto Rican citizens, and called it helping. HA!
*He has done away with DACA, and now as of March, if no one steps in to save DACA, millions of Dreamers who came here as children, will be forced to go back to countries they don’t know, because they were brought here as infants and toddlers.
*He is set to weaken the Americans With Disabilities Act.
*He has already signed legislation making it harder for nursing home residents and their families to file abuse complaints.
*He is set to turn our entire coastlines into unisghtly oil drilling machines, where instead of clean ocean waters, you will now see rows and rows of oil drilling rigs dotting the horizon. This will further pollute Mother Earth.
*He is set to also turn much of our protected lands, and even National Park lands into oil drilling fields.
One year later, and the damage has already begun.