TWW Roundup: Here We Go Again
In the month of July, there have actually been a lot of palindrome days, kind of a fun mathematical fact, like 7102017. What is not a fun mathematical fact is that we still do not know what is in our 45th president’s tax returns. That tax return information has become the critically missing lynch pin in several possible investigations surrounding our leader and his close circle of cronies.
While we do have a special investigator appointed, Bob Mueller, and a possible new head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, a private lawyer and former top Justice Department prosecutor, who seems like a decent guy, we still have little concrete evidence to substantiate any of the worrisome and plausible allegations of impropriety. Here we go, round and round. If the president would just show us his taxes, we could move on. Ha! In a viral news report from an Australian reporter at the G20 Summit, the ability of our president to lead anything, let alone the rest of the free world, was powerfully called into question.
It’s Like a Soap Opera!
The big story this past week, aside from the dysfunction surrounding the healthcare bill, has been the revelations about a number of meetings that took place between Russian representatives with information that could have been used to interfere in our presidential election, and a crew of big players from Trump’s campaign, including his son-in-law Kushner, his son, Donald Jr., and Paul Manafort, one of the president’s consiglieres.
The president’s own lawyer (not Jr.’s!), Jay Sekulow, has been making the rounds on the news programs to make legalistic and well-manicured denials of any involvement by Donald Trump, while seeming to throw everybody else under the bus. The question should be, “Why didn’t Trump know about any of these meetings with top Russian lawyers?” If there was so much talk about Russian adoptions, there should have been no reason for Trump to be shielded from these meetings. And if it was something more, as we now know is true straight from Jared Kushner, Donald Jr. and the infamous PR representative Goldstone, then it would seem implausible that Trump could remain unaware.
It is just unbelievable that not one of these big players in the Trump inner circle would have spoken to Don John about the revelations emerging from these meetings. But now we have the hope, the slim hope, that both Kushner and Trump Jr. will actually testify in front of a congressional committee. Senator Mark Warner (D, VA), the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said that he hopes this testimony comes quickly, so that we can shed light on this mysterious and probably nefarious chain of events.
The healthcare bill continues to stymie the Republicans in the Senate. They have been unable to guarantee the votes needed to pass their version. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) review shows that the consequences of this new bill would still be devastating for so many Americans. Now, Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a blood clot (tumor?) behind his eye and has had to undergo brain surgery. So Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that any vote on healthcare will wait until McCain returns. In a statement he issued on Twitter, McConnell declared, “While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act.”
Certainly, we hope that Senator McCain recovers fully and is able to return to the Senate in one week, but that does feel like a quick return from brain surgery. McCain has sometimes been a voice of reason among the shrill and frantic cacophony of the Trump regime, but this delay would seem to signal that he supported the Better Care Act. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, have already said they will not vote for the Better Care Act, making it harder for the GOP to reach the 50 votes needed. Maybe McCain will change his mind after recovering from all that nice healthcare. It is likely that Vice President Pence will have to cast a tie-breaking vote. And we all know how he will vote, since he has already proven that he likes to take away critical services from women and LGBTQ citizens.
Honestly, Donald has proven himself to be a master resistor. If you think about it, and his earlier nickname of Teflon Don, he has been able to resist every effort to bring him down. Admittedly, that resistance is starting to crumble. But we should take note of his strategies, not to copy, but to be able to continue fighting for what we know is right. We know that everyone deserves the protections guaranteed by our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. We know that the American people deserve a leader who represents all of us, who can stand with other world leaders and not grab them and drool.
Trump is not honest, and he does not care if we think that. So let’s remember that calling him on his lies may be important for our own resistance, but it probably makes little difference to Trump. There has to be another way to undermine his regime of dissimulation and fascist oppression. Strategy is everything in this fight for our national identity. Facts and action by upstanding Americans willing to speak up, like you, will be our way forward. May the force be with you.
In our own world of resistance, the fight does continue. Here are some actions you can take part in, and ways to continue to resist.
- Swing Left continues to work towards swinging the 2018 elections to progressive candidates, and is now reporting, via CBS, that Hillary CLinton is likely to get involved on the campaign trail. This make sense if you recall that Clinton did win the majority of the popular vote. Her participation would hopefully curry favor with those disenfranchised voters who were left behind by Trump’s disenfranchised. Get it? The Swing Left Summer Challenge encourages resisters to host house parties and canvass swing districts.
- Indivisible is promoting a day of action this Tuesday, July 18th. #KillTheBill State Congressional Office Events will protest the GOP healthcare bill:“For months, Indivisible groups have been showing up at congressional offices around the country to say no to TrumpCare. On Tuesday, July 18th, our whole national network will be showing up together to say that TrumpCare would hurt our friends, our families, and our country–and we’ll remember this vote. Find an event near you to show your constituent power.” FInd local events on their page and attend. Spread the word via social media and use the hashtag, #KillTheBill.
- The ACLU is calling for resisters to take action to demand Net Neutrality. One of the way fascists try to suppress resistance is to control media, control communications. Net Neutrality is of the utmost concern to all Americans, really all world citizens, to ensure that we have freedom of information, freedom to communicate, freedom of knowledge. Submit your comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to show that Americans care about Net Neutrality and our ability to freely access the internet and information. Remember, knowledge is power!
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.