Friday, November 18, 2016

Dear Charlie:

"Now that Cheeto Voldemort is elected, we have to respect him and give him a chance."

No. No, we don't.

Why do people not remember that the president -- in fact, any elected official -- works for us, not the other way around? He should respect us.

But he doesn't. Why should he? He walked onto the national stage and put on a divisive, fear-mongering, racist, misogynist, bigoted, hate-fueled dog-and-pony show, and it worked. They elected him for it. Why should he respect the sheep he so easily led into his personal holding pen?

Well, I'm not in his holding pen. I didn't vote for him, and he hasn't overthrown the First Amendment quite yet.

The vast majority of his campaign promises were unconstitutional. The vast majority of his plan for the first hundred days is unconstitutional. His vow to "drain the swamp" of lobbyists and the like has led to him picking up staffers so foul the swamp kicked them out.

A vice president who jailed a woman for miscarrying and advocates for parents to be allowed to force conversion therapy on their LGBTQ children. Climate change deniers. An attorney general candidate who was denied federal judgeship for being a racistA blatant and unapologetic anti-Semite and white supremacist who, just to check off all the asshole boxes, is also anti-Muslim and anti-immigration (I refuse to link to any Breitbart article).

Lots of anti-immigration folk on the list, actually. This is not my shocked face.

And I'm not terribly surprised at the climate change deniers, considering the angry orange turnip thinks coal is a clean energy source. Because he's clearly never seen a picture of nineteenth century London.

Oh, and speaking of his complete lack of give-a-fuck for the environment, did I mention his significant monetary interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline? Because he totally has a vested interest in finishing that construction and damn the protests and the clear and present threat to the Native American way of life there and the likely environmental impact of an almost inevitable pipeline leak.

Here's the skinny there: Dakota Access is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners. The CEO of ETP donated $103,000 to Turnip's campaign, which is already beyond questionable, but that's just the first layer of corruption. See, according to financial records, Ol' Turnip has invested between $500,000 and a million dollars in ETP.

And that's not all! He also invested another similar amount in Phillips 66, which... of course... holds a 25% share of a finished Dakota Access Pipeline.

Gee, is it any wonder that one of Troutface's first orders of business will be attempting to lift President Obama's ban on construction of the pipeline pending a more complete investigation of its ramifications? No. It isn't.

This is what we're dealing with, people. He isn't even in office yet, and we're already organizing calling campaigns just to effectively protest all of his shitty policies and appointments to our Congresspeople because there are so many that we might forget some of them otherwise.

As John Oliver says, this is not normal.

So no. Just because he backdoor won an election he had no intention of playing all the way through doesn't mean he gets automatic respect from the people he's fully intending to screw over. If he can pull off even half of his promises -- doubtful, which is the only bright spot on this abyssal trench of bullshit -- we will be decades, generations trying to right the damage.

So no. No unearned respect.

We're also not going to give him a chance. He's already throwing the safety and futures of the vast majority of Americans out the window in favor of pursuing his own monetary interests and bigoted ideologies. We cannot allow him to undo a hundred years of civil liberties progress and environmental protection or succumb to his xenophobic paranoia and hatred.

He went out and bought himself an election. What he is only starting to understand is that he lied and pontificated his way into a public service position, and he now serves us.

And we're gonna by God make him serve us. Whether he likes it or not.

Because that's the job he bought. The dumbass.


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