TWW Roundup: Locked and Loaded
This past Friday we thought that the worst thing that happened last week was the threat of nuclear war. While “fire and fury” like the world has never seen is still looming in the distance, events in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday drove the immediate threat of domestic terrorism home. A group of imbeciles calling themselves white nationalists held a protest rally on the campus of the University of Virginia–protesting of all things, the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. “White nationalist” is code for hate groups including the KKK, neo-Nazis and other bigots far and wide.
As soon as word got out, counter protesters descended on the demonstration, surrounded the bigots, held hands and sang inspirational songs. Then a neo-Nazi intentionally drove his car into a crowd of the anti-fascists, killing one woman and injuring at least 19 others. Two more lives were claimed by this asinine exhibition of blatant racism, those of two police officers who were monitoring the protest from their helicopter. Sadly, the helicopter crashed and the officers died. Our illustrious leader, who normally tweets at the speed of stupid, took much too long to comment on events and when he did, he equated the vitriolic actions of the racists to those of the counter protesters by condemning hate “on all sides.”
The Nuclear Option
The biggest fear since November 8, 2016, has been having a man as unstable as Trump with his tiny fingers “on the nuclear button.” Last week, that fear became even more real when North Korea threatened to launch test missiles at Guam, a U.S. territory. And in a typical Trump tantrum, he threatened North Korea and Kim Jong Un by posturing that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded.” The standoff is reminiscent of two schoolyard bullies daring each other to make the first move–only these bullies have large armies and even larger bombs at their disposal. I suppose one could look on the bright side and say it’s been good for doomsday businesses that have seen a spike in sales, especially those who sell bunkers only the ultra rich can afford.
To make matters worse, President Trump decided to also threaten military action in Venezuela, a country currently embroiled in political unrest. Proving that Trump truly has no understanding of foreign politics, critics point out that having the U.S. threaten Venezuela is exactly the kind of ammunition the current regime needs to gain the support of its citizens and solidify it’s illegitimate power grab. Of course, Trump also showed his ignorance of geography calling Venezuela one of our “neighbors.” Given that Venezuela is at least four countries and 4500 miles away from our borders, Trump may rival even DeVos in his ignorance.
In response to Trump’s extremism, Congressman Lieu (D-CA) and Senator Markey (D-MA) introduced H.R. 669 and S. 200, which “would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.”
Thankfully, there was one thing to celebrate last week. It was revealed that the FBI had actually raided former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s home on July 26, 2017. Given that one must actually convince a judge that you have probable cause of a crime to receive a search warrant, this action has once again given hope to the Resistance that the wheels of justice continue to turn on the Russian investigation.
- Contact your Senators and Congressman and ask them to support H.R. 669 and S. 200.
- Thank Congressman Lieu and Senator Markey for introducing this legislation.
Congressman Lieu Press Release, Congressman Lieu, Senator Markey Introduce the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017
The New York Times, North Korean Threat to Guam Tests Credibility of Kim and Trump
Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 24 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.