(You got the sugar… now here’s the medicine…)
First, I need to say this:
I really like Michelle Obama. And yeah, I loved it when she said “when they go low, we go high”. So she is not the one I’m mad it. She is not the one who made this bullshit. It’s everyone else. People have twisted this statement in the same way white people like to twist MLK to use him against, for example, Black Lives Matter protesters.
When Michelle Obama said it, she was talking about being better than Donald Trump. We had the moral high ground. And for an election, it was a great soundbite that probably contributed to Hillary Clinton’s 3-million popular-vote win.
But the thing is, His Lowness, the Cheeto Fascist, Agent Orange of Fake-Tan-Landia, won the electoral college.
And “going high” is costing us way too much.
Remember when Elizabeth Warren (*spit*) and Sherrod Brown (*spit*) voted to approve Ben Carson for HUD Secretary?
Well, Elizabeth Warren decided to justify herself on her Facebook. I kinda wish she hadn’t…
OK, let’s talk about Dr. Ben Carson.
Yes, I have serious, deep, profound concerns about Dr. Carson’s inexperience to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Yes, I adamantly disagree with many of the outrageous things that Dr. Carson said during his presidential campaign. Yes, he is not the nominee I wanted.
Then why in the hell did you vote to approve him?
But “the nominee I wanted” is not the test.
Millions of American families depend on HUD programs, including tens of thousands of families in Massachusetts. For many of them, HUD assistance is the difference between a safe, stable home and life on the street. As someone who has spent a lot of time working on housing policy in this country, my focus is on helping these families – and the countless others who could benefit from a stronger agency.
So you thought it would be a good idea to approve Ben Carson?
During the nomination process, I sent Dr. Carson a nine-page letter with detailed questions on a whole range of issues: Section 8 housing assistance; lead exposure in public housing; programs to prevent and end homelessness; programs to help victims of domestic violence; fighting housing discrimination; HUD’s role in preparing for and recovering from natural disasters; and, more broadly, the standards he will use for managing the department, including the steps he will take to protect the rights of LGBT Americans.
BEN CARSON WILL NOT HELP LGBTQ AMERICANS! HE’S A FUCKING HOMOPHOBE YOU FUCKING…
Dr. Carson’s answers weren’t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. In his written responses to me, he made good, detailed promises, on everything from protecting anti-homelessness programs to enforcing fair housing laws. Promises that – if they’re honored – would help a lot of working families.
Can we count on Dr. Carson to keep those promises? I don’t know. People are right to be skeptical; I am. But a man who makes written promises gives us a toehold on accountability.
No. No he doesn’t. You should not have approved him.
If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don’t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises – much less follow through on them.
And this is why holding the “moral high ground” is such a supreme failure. The Republicans made themselves infamous for obstructing President Obama at every fucking turn. Now you and your fellow Democrats won’t do it… why? Because you’re afraid of being seen as hypocrites?
You shouldn’t fucking care. This is the time to be hypocrites. This is the time to be petty. Obstruct the Cheeto Fascist at every fucking turn. Vote “no” on ALL his appointees, not just some of them (props to you, Warren, for voting against Betsy DeVos, but that does not excuse you for voting for Carson).
If Dr. Carson doesn’t follow through on his commitments, I will be the very first person he hears from – loudly and clearly and frequently. I didn’t hesitate to criticize past HUD Secretaries when they fell short, and I won’t hesitate with Dr. Carson – not for one minute.
These words are pathetically empty considering you fucking voted for him.
I understand that some people might have made the call differently. I appreciate your making your thoughts heard. Unlike the new Administration, I don’t believe in ignoring or silencing people who disagree with the choices I make or the votes I take.
We’ve got a lot of nominees to consider, and a lot of places where we need to turn up the heat under the Senate Republicans. (Yes, Betsy DeVos, I’m looking at you. And Pruitt, Mnuchin, Puzder, Price, Tillerson – it’s a long list.) Either way, we need all of us in this fight. Your voices are powerfully important, and I hope you’ll keep speaking up for what you believe in.
Oh fuck off with that condescending bullshit.
Clearly, I’m still mad at her. And no, I will never be able to trust or support her again, sadly.
But it doesn’t end there, because what Agent Orange has done in just his first few days is utterly disturbing.
(These are in no particular order:)
He’s picked Ajit Pai to be Chairman of the FCC. If you’re a fan of Net Neutrality, then this is a huge problem. Ajit Pai is a vocal opponent of Net Neutrality.
He’s also decided to start publishing a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants.
And he’s working to make himself essentially un-arrestable.
The Awful Cheeto attempted to issue a gag order over climate change to the EPA, freeze EPA grants, and take down any government websites talking about climate change. As of 5 hours ago (from 4:46 pm EST), the EPA’s Climate Change website is still live and grants are unfrozen. But of course, the person he’s nominated to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt, denies climate change outright.
Agent Orange also went and issued an executive order allowing the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines to go ahead with construction, undoing over a year of hard work and protest.
He’s also halted funding to sanctuary cities.
I almost forgot that his first move was to begin dismantling the ACA (note for ignorant readers: The ACA is colloquially known as Obamacare; they’re the same thing).
Oh… and did I mention that he’s building actual concentration camps?
Trump even authorized the building of new camps in which undocumented immigrants could be concentrated — for a limited time, of course — until they could be deported (I feel like there’s a term for these things, but I can’t quite place it).
And really? This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. If you follow AJ+ English on Facebook, they are posting daily pictures tracking what The Cheeto Fascist is doing.
I’m sorry, but…
We simply cannot afford to “go high”. The time for going high ended with his electoral college win. Now is the time to fight back by whatever means necessary. Many, myself included, are genuinely afraid that he may be the last president the US ever elects.
But that leads us to yet another question, which I plan on discussing in a couple blog posts soon…
Could Agent Orange become a fascist dictator?
(Also, if you can think of other nicknames to refer to Trump, I would appreciate it. I refuse to give him respect or acknowledge him as president, so I could use as many derogatory nicknames as possible; just make sure the nicknames punch up and avoid splash damage. Thanks.)