TWW Roundup: Declare Your Independence

by | Jul 2, 2017 | News, Weekly Report

Tuesday, July 4th is our nation’s first birthday since the election of Donald J. Trump. It will be the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence which states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Let’s consider this and really think about it while we barbecue, eat potato salad and watch fireworks this year. Individually and collectively we must continue to declare our independence from the current administration. You can even add your signature to the Declaration and print it out to serve as a reminder of our common cause.

Trump Care 2.0

After a few weeks of political humiliations it would seem that our president couldn’t dig a deeper hole for himself and his administration, yet he keeps on shoveling. As the week drew to a close, the president tweeted in signature fashion about his disgust with a woman bleeding. Then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the promised vote on the Senate’s healthcare bill would not take place before July 4th after all. Go figure.

McConnell says he wants to get a new score from the Congressional Budget Office, as if the score will magically change if they keep crunching the numbers. Twenty million people currently insured stand to lose their coverage under the Republican proposal. Senators seem to be getting nervous about this legislation and Trump is now suggesting that Congress should just repeal Obamacare with no replacement. Period. Maybe this is because the more the Senate works on the bill and makes changes, the more it resembles the law it aims to replace?

Cause and Effect

The Supreme Court has agreed to review Trump’s travel ban and made a unanimous decision that parts of the ban can go into effect while we wait for them to hear the case in October. This is being hailed as a big success for the administration. So now, people from the six named “Muslim countries” will be prohibited from entering the U.S., with some exceptions. The ACLU of Maryland announced that it is challenging the ban on the basis of its cruel and xenophobic consequences. Clearly, the travel ban is an attack on Muslims and does not comport with those sentences previously mentioned in the preamble of our Declaration of Independence.

The political fatigue that is setting in after fighting the powers that be for the past six months can be best relieved by giving yourself a break so you can rejoin the ranks with renewed vigor. We all get worn down by the negativity and even bored by the never-ending ridiculous monologue of the president’s Twitter account. Take some time to enjoy our liberties and remember those who are unable to celebrate. Give yourself permission to rest and renew your energies for resistance. We are in this for the long haul. Pace yourself to tackle the things that really matter to you. Remember our Declaration of Independence and recommit yourself to working together towards the improvement of our Union. Together We Will.

Take Action

  • Later this week, you can participate in a sit-in at a Senate office near you. On July 6, the Action Network is promoting a peaceful show of resistance to the Trumpcare proposal: “Inspired by ADAPT’s courageous nonviolent sit-ins last week targeting Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, we believe greater nonviolent direct action is called for to elevate the impact and unpopularity of the healthcare bill within the media and to pressure Republican Senators to vote NO on the bill.”
  • The Action Together Network just hosted a Twitter Storm to block the healthcare vote. Continue your own social media blitz and keep messaging your legislators and other officials about healthcare and the other issues that are important to you.
  • Looking ahead, organizations like Indivisible are coordinating marches. On August 26, you can join marches around the country to declare your continued resistance to the Trump agenda.
  • If you need some comic relief, then you can revel in the past and laugh at the difference in presidential demeanor between the current despot and our previous leader by looking at the Instagram account of Obama’s photographer, Pete Souza. Not only are his photographs wonderful, his sense of timing and humor are impeccable. Happy Birthday America!

Jacqui Viale is an educator and activist living in Long Beach California with her husband, two teenagers, two cats, a dog and a lizard. Jacqui holds a masters in Educational Administration from California State University, Long Beach.