Like many of my fellow bloggers and tweeters, I generally keep this site clear of political issues with the exception of those that are directly related to education.
Also, like many of my fellow bloggers and tweeters, this week has provided a reason to break with that tradition.
Many people, including some friends, all more eloquent than I have already posted, tweeted, and Facebooked about the behavior of our President and government.
I would add cabinet appointments to his list with my particular personal concern over DeVos and the department of education. I've been meaning to blog about that for a while - perhaps this week.
My concern for today is something else. Every day, I see a new Trump induced crisis and every day I see a different subset of my circles respond. It's not quite as bad as:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
People are indeed speaking out, but I am concerned that people are going to rise up for their personal issue and when placated go back to business as usual - this is NOT the time for business as usual.
With the ACA repeal, I saw concerns from my working class friends and friends that work with lower earning populations.
Going into the DeVos hearing, mostly educators - real educators not astroturf reformers.
With Friday's order, the whole tech community came out.
Here's part of a thread by tech activist Anil Dash calling out, calling on, and crediting assorted tech players.
When net neutrality was the issue, Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, Reddit, Tumblr, etc. had a blackout, and it worked. This is far more grave.— Anil Dash (@anildash) January 28, 2017
A powerful, straightforward statement from the CEO of Box — another publicly-traded company. https://t.co/wz5mQmTh6P— Anil Dash (@anildash) January 28, 2017
We have to remember that all these order, policies, appointments, and plans are coming from the same place - Donald Trump and those politicians that are enabling him.
If he backs off on immigration, education issues remain, if he backs off there, we still have ACA, if that eases up, what about Women's rights and on and on.
This means we all have to get involved and stay involved.
What have I been doing?
- I finally joined the ACLU and set up a monthly donation.
- I subscribed to Daily Action so that I get a reminder each day of someone I can call to make a difference.
- I'm starting to accumulate my representatives phone numbers as I make those calls and am trying to make at least a call a day to remind our representatives who they work for.
- Education and advocacy
And if you suggestions for me - please post them here.
Thus ends my not business as usual post. What's going on in America is not someone else's problem - it's all of our problem and we all have to be active and vigilant to make it through tough times to come.