The Resistance Won’t Be Denied, Activists Detained for Disrupting Trump Inaugural

“Today we disrupted President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony to show the world, and our fellow Americans, that the resistance starts now,” said one of the activists, Claire Sandberg with AllofUs.

Source: The Resistance Won’t Be Denied, Activists Detained for Disrupting Trump Inaugural

This is big folks.  And it is right.  The most painful part is the tremendous loss of dignity that we feel a part of.  This man and his entire entourage should be removed.  Look around for resistance groups and become part of the solution.  They are developing all around us.  Prepare for the worst.  There are no boundaries to the ignorance of the present day GOP.  This is real and can’t be ignored.

Dear President Obama, THANK YOU – YouTube

Do Boycotts Work? – Freakonomics Freakonomics

At issue: The Montgomery Bus Boycott, the South African divestment campaign, Chick-fil-A! Almost anyone can launch a boycott, and the media loves to cover them. But do boycotts actually produce the change they’re fighting for?

Source: Do Boycotts Work? – Freakonomics

 

Yes they do.  Creating economic stress for a company can indeed cause a consideration for change.  The most protected element of the process of doing business is the bottom line.  Where protecting investment of shareholders is concerned.  Public Policy can have the most effect.  No company will allow themselves to lose money for those shareholders.  Boycotting the Inauguration on January 20th, 2016,  does not create any direct economic threat.  But, if widely promoted and actively voiced throughout a community through all forms of Public exposure.  At the least, the message gets through.  Its a beginning.

Civil-rights icon John Lewis: ‘I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president’

Source: Civil-rights icon John Lewis: ‘I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president’

Betsy DeVos – Wikipedia

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Source: Betsy DeVos – Wikipedia

Controversial and clearly deemed by the Progressive wing of our political system as Unqualified and otherwise not a suitable choice to be Secretary of Education.  Just another of Trumps rebellious decisions.  If you have any regards for Public Education, even just a little bit, Betsey DeVos stands out as the least acceptable advocate for public education that you will ever find.

Analysis: Sen. Jeff Sessions’s Record on Criminal Justice | Brennan Center for Justice

Sen. Sessions appears to subscribe to outdated ideas about criminal justice policy that conservatives, progressives, and law enforcement agree do not help reduce crime and unnecessarily increase the prison population.

Source: Analysis: Sen. Jeff Sessions’s Record on Criminal Justice | Brennan Center for Justice

There is wide agreement that far too many people are incarcerated for low level crimes and serving prison terms far exceeding reasonable and comparable time periods.  Sen Sessions is holding onto old norms and has repeatedly withheld his support on issues relating to sentencing reform.  Read this timely analysis of his background and you be the judge.  This is the face of Jim Crow and Trump thinks he’s the man to become the TOP law enforcement agent for America.  Something is very wrong with this picture.

Jeff Sessions, an extremist then and now – The Boston Globe

Jeff Sessions was too extreme for Republicans in 1986, and he is too extreme now.

Source: Jeff Sessions, an extremist then and now – The Boston Globe

 

 

Why 2017 is the wrong year for Trump to mess with China.

President-elect Donald Trump has taken a hard line on China, but an upcoming political transition means Chinese President Xi Jinping could be easily provoked. President-elect Donald Trump has recently recruited a couple of China hawks onto his trade team, potentially provoking the nation yet again at

Source: Why 2017 is the wrong year for Trump to mess with ChinaYahoo Finance

 

And, he alone can fix this……..with a 45% Tariff on all goods coming into the Untied States from China.  How will he explain the job loss numbers when, Target, Costco, Walmart, Kmart, Sears, JCPenney, Michaels, Kohls and On and On have to shudder their stores because they have nothing to sell.

How do we keep him out of the White House?

Free Speech and Fake News by Peter Singer – Project Syndicate

Fake news – “active misinformation” that is packaged to look as if it comes from a serious news site – is a threat to democratic institutions. In the Internet age, is it time for the legal pendulum to swing back toward the offense of criminal libel?

Source: Free Speech and Fake News by Peter Singer – Project Syndicate

The Five Lessons of Populist Rule by Sławomir Sierakowski – Project Syndicate

Mainstream political parties and leaders are at an obvious disadvantage in an environment where tawdriness is evidence of credibility, while tolerance, truth, and reason are the badges of a traitorous elite. Indeed, anti-populist forces are losing because they refuse to behave like their opponents.

Source: The Five Lessons of Populist Rule by Sławomir Sierakowski – Project Syndicate