The Cure for Trump Flu: Recognizing Resistance

Things are…strange. The news doesn’t seem normal anymore. Up is down and down is up. Part of this is because of the new strain of the flu this year: the Influenza T Virus. T for Trump. The Trump Flu is arguably the worst one of all. It starts to seep in when the patient forgets that fighting this administration is a marathon, not a sprint. Symptoms include:
  • Fatigue…like ALL the time
  • Constant Anxiety
  • Shock…that just never went away after Election Night
  • Extreme stress, agitation
  • Overwhelming feelings of depression, apathy, helplessness

Influenza Type T can comes from many different sources.

  • Falling into a Twitter or Facebook rabbit hole
  • Terrifying Executive Orders
  • Breaking news cell phone alerts
  • Fear of a world war
  • Media that won’t turn off

But there is a cure. It’s not as simple as a shot, but it works. The cure is staying conscious. Everywhere you look there are signs the resistance is working. Public outcry, mass protest, and mindful economics have caused numerous cracks in the porcelain White House. Here are some examples, broken into Harry Potter categories.

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“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – The Goblet of Fire

We the People Will Never Be Divided

The White House is unorganized. It does not communicate. It spews blatant lies. It has relentlessly, and unsuccessfully, attempted to make themselves seem better by putting down the previous administration. The White House’s aides are pitted against each other and compete for time in the spotlight instead of together to make America great. In short, the White House is an unsustainable MESS. Here are signs of the White House falling apart:
  • Michael Flynn, White House National Security Advisor for a Month, barely needs an explanation. He’s the first person to be expelled from the Swamp. Aside from the obvious victory of the first cabinet member to fall, it gives us insight to the White House. And hopefully it sets a precedent; More are going to follow Flynn, and soon.
    • The Crybaby in Chief’s pick for Labor Secretary, Andy Puzdrew, withdrew his name from consideration less than 24 hours after Flynn resigned.
  • The question of repealing Obamacare without a replacement has come to a sputtering halt after massive public push back. Obamacare improved on, but do not want it repealed without a replacement. In response to letters from Tim Kaine and other  Democrats begging the GOP to work with them to edit and replace Obamacare, Senator Lamar Alexander (R, TN), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions declared Obamacare should only be repealed when “there are concrete, practical reforms in place that give Americans access to truly affordable health care.”
    • Another thing: Polls show approval ratings for Obamacare have spiked. Seems like once they might not have it there, people like the ACA a lot more.
  • Town halls across the country have erupted in anger. Republican town halls. Republican offices say they’re unable to do work due to public outcry. GOP in Washington are being forced to take sides, and more are distancing themselves from the White House. Republican leaders are frustrated the Crybaby in Chief isn’t paying attention to them after they went against the Democrats and approved his cabinet nominations.
  • The ACLU received a record breaking amount of donations after the White House’s unconstitutional ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US. They raised $24 million from over 350,000 donations. They usually raise $4 million in one year.
  • The travel ban was declared unconstitutional in the courts. Whether or not the White House will listen to the three federal judges who declared it is still up for debate, but the justice system has spoken. The ban is wrong.
  • The Crybaby in Chief has the lowest approval rating of any President. Ever.
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“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Albus Dumbledore to Neville Longbottom, Sorcerer’s Stone

Love Thy Neighbor…And Wake Them Up

Americans are coming together. Communities are being formed, and organization never stops. At the moment, there is a Scientist’s March on Washington being organized in D.C. and in sister cities around the country. The founders of the Women’s March are organizing an across-the-board strike to flex the economic power American women hold. A growing number of celebrities come out in opposition of the White House. The Facebook discourse is endless. Even sports have become highly politicized.

  • The Patriots made history, but not on the field. They won Super Bowl LI, their fifth victory. But the game was highly politicized due to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft‘s insensitive display of privilege. Their not-so-casual, closet-door-is-ajar racism. And their teammates have noticed. Lifetime diehard fans noticed, and called them out on it. Conversations were had. The veil was lifted a little higher.
  • Adele won the Grammy for Best Album, and refused to accept it. She said Beyonce should have gotten the award, and she was right. Yes, Adele should have gotten best song, but Beyonce won the album. Adele pulled a total Cady Heron and broke the award in half stage as a gesture of solidarity.
  • Nordstrom followed in Uber’s footsteps and pulled back from promoting/selling Ivanka Trump’s products. This is beyond any party lines. Retailers are being forced to get political, and they aren’t aligning themselves with the Crybaby in Chief. Kellyanne Con-Job nearly lost her head and had an ethics meltdown on live television… and we’re only two months into the administration! The consumers are showing where their values lie by partaking in #GrabYourWallet, and the retailers are listening. The people in the Oval are cracking. Check out the #GrabYourWallet database here and help it crack a little more.
  • People are coming together to defend immigrants and their right to be here. People are coming together to defend Muslims and stand against racism. And it makes them happy
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“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore, Prisoner of Azkaban
At the very least, it’s obvious the American people are building good habits. When training for something long term, the gains are slow, small. You spend weeks, sometimes months, doing the same exercise over and over and over until you’re doing it in your sleep. But it becomes easier. You get better. Your times become faster, weights easier, exercises less challenging. If every member focuses on becoming the best version of themselves, the team as a whole gets stronger.
Today, those exercises are writing letters. Consciously spending money. Calling representatives. Organizing locally. Showing up to rallies. Reaching out to strangers. Remembering self-care. Publicly vocalizing support. Consuming media consciously. Sharing knowledge. Talking. Listening. Creating. Growing. Feeling. And it’s working. Like our actions, the signs are small, but they are there. Bernie’s campaign proved it. The Women’s March proved it. The airport protests, spontaneous and without organization, proved it. Institutional inequality, prejudice, and corruption fester in the darkness, but the world isn’t dark anymore.

 

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Immigrants Aren’t Stealing American Jobs. America Is.

The Manufacturing Industry (as we know it) is DEAD.

Whether we like it or not, industries are going to be making their products – cars, air conditioners, kitchen appliances, and the like – in other countries due to the cheaper cost of labor. And if these companies can’t physically leave America, then they’re going to invest in technology to decrease their labor cost anyways. They are going to replace their hourly wage, entry level manufacturers with machines. And there is nothing we can do to stop it. It’s just how the evolution of technology works.

No matter where manufacturing companies are located American citizens will not be employed by them, at least not to the extent of the past. So whether or not Carrier, or Ford, or whoever is on POTUS’s Weekly Hit List, is bullied into staying in America and keeping 800 workers (while still laying off 1,300), this doesn’t actually solve anything. Many jobs beyond manufacturing are in peril due to evolving technology. Truck and public transportation drivers are likely to be a thing of the past due to self-driving cars within the next 20 years. Goods-producing, mining, and manufacturing and the significant decline of working class jobs by 2020 was predicted as early as the 1980’s. This isn’t news; It’s just not well-known.

Keeping immigrants out and not letting anyone in does not address the problem. This is what dictatorships do, and America does not want to be a dictatorship. It is a democracy, and all of the noise from the people is democracy itself in all its glory. 

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The Real Enemy: Neglecting American Education

An action that DOES address this employment opportunity decline is taking the proposed $30 billion+ allocated to immigration “reform,” and redirecting it to education.

There will, of course, always be a need for some humans on the manufacturing floor. Someone will need to push some kind of buttons, operate some sort of machinery, know a basic level of computer science. But this isn’t a core component in curriculum. Our education is failing our citizens at the most basic level. It isn’t preparing us for the reality of today’s workforce.

The manufacturing industry is evolving, but education (and access to it) is not. If we had the option for an updated trades school curricula and supplies, trades workers would be taught to succeed in today’s workforce, not the workforce of 1980. If we had the option for updated public school curricula and supplies, citizens would be more likely to be curious about the world, and put their energy towards changing it instead of focusing on simply surviving. If public colleges had the opportunity to offer free tuition, more students would take it.

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One study of Baltimore students that took 15 years showed almost no children from lower income families made it to college, while nearly all of the wealthier children did. It also found that, of the diminishing trades opportunities available to high school or college drop outs, 89% of them went to white men (who, coincidentally, had the highest percentage of drug use). And that’s just one city!

If we actually allowed our citizens even just a fighting chance at intellectual and academic opportunities, there would be more qualified Americans, and our companies would hire them. But we don’t. It’s not the immigrant’s faults that their country prepared them better for the reality of today’s workplace environment. Most major countries on the planet offers free access to public university, or at least government subsidized tuition. It’s no surprise that immigrants are more qualified for our jobs than we are. So, no, these immigrants are not taking our jobs from us, but our country IS taking our education from us. We are, statistically, one of the worst major countries in the world at math. However, we ARE one of the best in THINKING we’re the best at math. We get an A in ego and C- in knowledge. Education is the primary setting where all inequalities can be reduced and, at the rate we’re going, it doesn’t look like we’re going to pass unless our policies change drastically.

References That May Not Be Open Access

Autonomous Vehicles: The Coming Insurrection (Overview). MarketLine. July 2015. ML00019-020.

Livingstone, D.W., and Antonie Scholtz. “Reconnecting class and production relations in an advanced capitalist knowledge economy’: changing class structure and class consciousness.” Capital & Class, vol. 40, no. 3, 2016, p. 469+. Business Collection.