Trump Starts Run, and So Many Troublesome Issues

Trump on White House web.

Trump on White House web.

The Trump Presidency has started, and the ‘troublesome issues’ are multiplying rather than decreasing. Beginning with who had seats on the dais (at least seven Trump donor billionaires)1 and then attended the Capitol luncheon thereafter. Add in an inauguration speech that was almost as divisive as his campaign speeches, and clearly aimed at his base. He then goes to the Liberty Ball and calls his critics “enemies”.

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Law Suits to Silence Others

Liberty silencedAs some may be aware, if people are saying or reporting things that someone or organization does not want in the public square, they may file a law suit to essentially silence those people. Now President Trump threatened to file suit against the women who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse committed by him. Of course, now-President Trump is not the only person to do that. These types of suits are referred to as SLAPP suits. That means a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. It ” is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Such lawsuits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions on the grounds that they impede freedom of speech.” (Wikipedia)

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The Strange Firing of Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz

Let me share the strange tale of the firing of Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz who is in charge of the joint forces gathered for the inauguration on Friday. Schwartz is being removed from command at a weird point, and it seems to have generated a bizarre sort of disinformation campaign.

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Damn Right Trump’s Election is Illegitimate

Trump sneer

Graphic of Trump courtesy of Boing Boing

I am getting damned tired of people asking the question of whether Trump’s election is illegitimate. And I am even tireder of people (largely Democrats and media) responding that the Electoral College voted and he was officially elected. Forget the fact that the Electoral College would not even discuss what was happening in terms of interference with the election. I am tired of being told that there is no evidence that the Russians mickied the voting machines.

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Globalization, Lost Jobs, Immigration and More

closedLong before one line of NAFTA was written, manufacturing in the United States was dying. Not just factory after factory was shuttered, but entire industries were shipped out of the country, until virtually noting remained. While it is not part of this discussion, as manufacturing left, the strength of unions bled out onto the broken foundations of the dead factory floors. By the 1970’s there was already the movement from an Industrial to Post Industrial society, and the burning question was ‘Could a society that produced nothing survive?’ (Something that is still a viable question) However, the question that was not raised until much later was ‘Can the middle class survive?’

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And in other Trump news

Tech CEOs meet with Trump

The technology sector CEOs invited to the Tower. (screen capture from CNBC)

Given the explosive nature of the discussion of foreign (mainly Russian) interference in the 2016 election, and the actions of the Trump team vis a vis Russia, other important Trump news has disappeared off the grid. One of those items presents both economic and ethical problems. This is unseemly interaction by Trump and company with the business community. There are two primary ways this intervention is happening. One is through his use of tweets, and the other is his meetings with CEOs.

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Welcome to COBS Web

pontificating goherHi and welcome to this new Free Thought Blog blog. I am Rowan Wolf, and that rather multi-gendered name is a woman’s moniker this instance. I am a lifelong activist starting as a wee tyke of 17 working in the women’s liberation, farm workers, and then young environmental movements. I did not realize at that point that I was signing up for a lifetime of struggle. I thought that at some point we would ‘win.’ Well, there have been ‘wins’ and also ‘losses’, and now? I’d say we are in a BIG backslide.

I admit that after almost 50 years of wrestling for social justice and a better world, I saw the success of Trump’s campaign (way before the election) with sadness. His success was legitimating the blatant bigotry that I knew would cause lasting harm – even if he had lost his run for President.

He did not lose, and now that bigotry has been institutionalized at the highest formal levels of out society. We have a lot of work to do. Which brings us back to FtB and COBS Web,

When I was made aware of the opportunity to join the collective of writers here at FtB, I put in my application. It is a time when I think that working collectively is critical. Working together more than amplifies our individual efforts. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

As I noted, and if you do the math, I’ve been at this social change business for awhile. I am also a sociologist, and I have learned that there are changes that happen very fast, and changes that happen very slow. Changing hearts and minds on a societal basis is slow – for a whole array of reasons. Changing the way we live (driven by technology) can move us in a direction, reshaping many aspects of out lives and interactions, at virtual light speed. Weird, huh?

I’ll stop here for now, before you decide that this is just too long to read. I’ll return to this and other topics shortly.

I am leaving the commenting feature open (unless we get a bunch of trolls and I am forced to close them).

So once again, welcome! Glad to be here.