It's hard a lot of the time to now find the motivation and the willingness to write about the issues taking place. Not only because there is so much legislation that is being drafted and passed that will affect so many working-class and low-income Americans, but also because of the rhetoric being thrown around by various politicians, including the President of the United States. I have been interested in politics, the history of the two dichotomies political party system, and interested in analyzing voters thinking processes and why people vote the way they do since I was in high school when I took my first government class. But this is the first time since studying these subjects, where I do not understand what people were thinking and what is going on in the United States anymore. Americans, White Americans and especially white women in the United States voted for a man who had no previous political experience to lead their country. Who spewed racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, remarks on an almost daily basis while campaigning for the presidency. Now once as the president of the United States, he is costing taxpayers, millions, if not billions of dollars in paying for his elaborate excursions and paying to safeguard his family who surprisingly does not live with him in the White House, but live in New York. A president who has elected individuals to his cabinet who consciously want to take away the rights from, individuals and families from receiving a good education, receiving healthcare, being able to afford housing, for the most part being able to make the best decision for them. This party that now runs the Presidency, Congress, and Senate, the Republican Party, are a party that always says they are for the people and believe in small government and not wanting the government to infiltrate or make decisions for people. Yet right now in the state, I live in, in Texas, there is a bill (SB 25) that is now headed to the Senate that would allow for doctors to not be sued or held accountable if a child is born with a disability, but yet the parents were not notified. In the state of mind of these Texas legislators, they feel as though they are defending children born with disabilities when instead they are allowing for doctors to willingly withhold information from patients to stop abortions.
Outside of that, we also have a president who put out an executive order that would bar individuals from certain countries that he deemed dangerous or a threat. What was not surprising is that all of these countries were countries in the Middle East included in this list from an article from Vox by Jennifer Williams, the list of targeted countries is Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — all Muslim-majority countries as most racist white Americans think terrorists are Muslim and come from these specific countries. To me it is simple, people who support this executive order or believe it to be true are people who are afraid of anyone who looks differently from them or has a different culture so they would prefer to only interact with people who look like them. They are probably also the same people who believe discrimination is okay and that racism is a hoax.
I wish people understood that homegrown terrorism is actually our biggest threat not barring people based on your own racist beliefs. People who were born and raised here actually do more harm to your fellow man, versus people from other countries. For example, as Jennifer Williams states in the Vox article, The San Bernardino shooting that killed 14 people was carried out by an American-born US citizen of Pakistani descent and a lawful permanent US resident of Pakistani descent. The Orlando nightclub shooter who murdered 49 people was an American-born US citizen of Afghan descent. Let us also not forget, Sandy Hook, shooting as well as the Aurora, Colorado shooting that took place during The Dark Knight Rises.
These are only a few of the things that have happened since Donald Trump became president and only more and more keeps happening every day from accusations of wiretapping, investigations into meetings with Russia, as well as some cabinet members dropping out from the run in of being over certain departments.
To those who read my posts and my blog, my silence is not a silence of not being concerned, but is the only thing I am able to offer at the moment with everything going on. I will be back writing more and being more consistent (2017 goal) in the next coming month. Thank you for anyone who reads my work and resonates my words, I truly do appreciate it.