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Line in the sand to ‘#45’s’ misguided policies

The long and short of ‘#45’s’ reckless, misguided intrusion in American politics Editor’s Note: Facebook friend Scott Doggett penned this penetrating piece on his response to the people in his circle who believes he should give

The long and short of ‘#45’s’ reckless, misguided intrusion in American politics

Editor’s Note: Facebook friend Scott Doggett penned this penetrating piece on his response to the people in his circle who believes he should give President Donald Trump (henceforth to be referred to as “#45”) “a chance,” and work together with him because he won the election. Doggett expressed a desire to connect his message with as many as possible as part of the ongoing national protest against the misguided policies of the Oval office. I have published the piece in the Compton Herald in solidarity.

 

By SCOTT DOGGETT

I make no apologies to any or all of my Facebook friends for this. I know some are tired of political postings and rants. But apart from cutesy posts of recipes, meals, flowers, dogs, seashells, balloons, pictures, cats, and drama, and even beautiful expressions of spiritual beliefs, Facebook is (until it gets taken away) a vehicle to express our outrage at how far our country has currently fallen on the humanitarian scale.

This is long but it is important. This is where I stand. Period.

To me, FB is a useful vehicle for my passion and activism. The fevered Ego currently occupying our White House, his power-hungry cronies taking positions of authority in his Cabinet and administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life and all the people I love. And unless you are worth billions of dollars, they are a threat to you and your way of life, too.

So I will resist and I will be part of the resistance and be proud of it. If you can join in or hang with it, fine. But if not, then you probably need to unfriend me now. I refuse to “play nice” in the face of what these people are doing. Our country’s well-being demands that we stand and resist.

Some people are saying that we should give #45 a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.”

This is my response:

I will not say #45’s name.

  • I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for eight years.
  • I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security, and Medicaid.
  • I will not “work together” to build a wall.
  • I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.
  • I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, no matter how bad they might have been, so that we could have something more agreeable to our oligarchy.
  • I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the top 1 percent.
  • I will not “work together” to increase taxes on the middle class and the poor.
  • I will not “work together” to help #45 use the presidency to line his pockets and those of his cronies.
  • I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
  • I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies that would then despoil those lands.
  • I will not “work together” to enable the killing in any way of animal species just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.
  • I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from anyone.
  • I will not “work together” to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world.
  • I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
  • I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.
  • I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
  • I will not “work together” to allow torture and black-op prison sites.
  • I will not “work together” to “take their oil.”
  • I will not “work together” to get rid of common-sense regulations on guns.
  • I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.
  • I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy unions in any way.
  • I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that #45 and his supporters are factually incorrect.
  • I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
  • I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
  • I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.
  • I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.
  • I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table or to normalize their hatred.
  • I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.
  • I will not “work together” to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
  • I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual “pre-existing condition.”
  • I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.
  • I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.
  • I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversight at any level of government.
  • I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.
  • I will not “work together” with #45 or anyone who supports him, because I will not allow one man to feed upon the fears of the populace, blaming minorities for their condition or their inability to thrive.

This is the line, and I am drawing it.

  • I will stand for honesty, love and respect for all living beings and for the beating heart that is the center of life itself.
  • I will use my voice and my hands to reach out to the uninformed and to anyone who will listen for what’s really so dangerous about #45, his friends and the Big Lie they spin to the world:

That “winning,” “being great again,” “rich” or even “beautiful” is anything more than nothing, when others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.

If you agree, please share. And if you can, sign your name below ours. Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list. Consider this an opportunity to make a declaration of commitment, in becoming part of The Resistance.

Scott Doggett is a former staff writer and news editor at the Los Angeles Times, and a former staff writer at UPI News Agency – United Press International. He is a friend of Jarrette Fellows, Jr., publisher and editor of the Compton Herald

 

 

 

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