There can be no doubt as to whether historians will be puzzled by the events that have occurred during the early days of the Trump Administration. While most of the nation, indeed most of the world, is focused on connections and collusion with Russia, the misdeeds and suspicions surrounding President Trump’s son and son-in-law and daughter, the Trump vision is being fashioned and implanted with appalling speed.
Consider a few examples:
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a rule that will allow consumers to bring class action lawsuits against banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions with respect to predatory lending and other egregious practices. In turn, Congressional Republicans are working on using special legislative procedures which would repeal the rule thereby allowing misdeeds by financial services institutions to carry on with their harmful and destructive behavior, particularly in low-income communities – which is to say communities of poor people..
- This week the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives has introduced a budget that proposes trillions of dollars in cuts to the American social safety net. This right wing of the right wing proposal calls for cutting $5.4 trillion in social service programs over the coming decade with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs scheduled to being led to the bean counter slaughterhouse in the near future.
- On May 11th President Trump established a voter fraud commission to investigate non-existent and purely fictional allegations of electoral transgressions such as the classic Donald Tinyhands claim that over three million illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. What NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Ordinary People Society and the American Civil Liberties Union claim in a recent lawsuit is that the goal of this commission is to develop litigation-proof programs to implement voter suppression strategies.
- Meanwhile, it was announced that U.S. taxpayers are paying the owners of Trump Tower in New York City (that would be Donald Tinyhands and his family) $2.4 million dollars a year for space even though President Trump has not spent a night there since his inauguration.
What we are seeing, in matters large and small, is the transitioning of the United States into a country that does not focus on the notion of a social safety net for all Americans – a country that does not support the concept of social and economic justice – a country that will be very different after four years of Trump.
And the true tragedy is that while some Americans are just now beginning to understand that elections have consequences, too many people are focusing on the Trump-Russia sideshows while the main event, featuring the dismantling of the American support system for its people , continues with too little comment and very little opposition.
It is difficult to believe that given the very real damage proposed by President Trump and his administration and his supporters in Congress, progressive Americans have been too silent and frighteningly bereft of strategies to turn the tide in the courts or at the ballot box.
It is very clear that the right wing of the right wing and the Trump Administration have a strategy, it is past time for the progressive aspect of American politics to begin implementing a plan of resistance and reversal –before it is too late.