Two Of The Worst Things …

The end of not only a year, but a decade fraught with troubles lends itself to musings and ponderings.  If I put my mind to it, I could come up with at least 50 things Donald Trump has done in his three-year tenure that are wrong, disgusting, destructive, and pose a threat to either the nation’s internal or external security.  But, there are two that stand out most, that are so incredibly cruel or stupid that my jaw still drops when I think of them.

The first is the policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border, then putting the children in detention centers where even their most basic needs are often not met.  This is, as much as any, a crime against humanity and one that, while the people of this nation were up in arms over for a time, seems to be largely forgotten today.  It has taken a backseat to impeachment and most everything else.  When was the last time you read an article or heard a news story about the children who may never be reunited with their parents? caged-kidI do not know how many children remain separated from their parents and housed in detention centers along the southern border … I’ve read a few estimates, but none seem to be certain … perhaps Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have lost track, just as they’ve lost track of the whereabouts of these kids’ parents.  But, whether it’s 20 or 2,000 … while you and I were enjoying unwrapping presents and later a Christmas feast with friends and family, this is how the innocent children in the detention centers spent Christmas …caged-kids-xmasThe United States of America … land of opportunity, land of milk and honey … but only if your skin is the right colour.caged-kids-drawing.png

The second thing is the damage Trump has done to the environment … damage that, to a large extent, can never be reversed.  Trump, as we all know, has a serious ego problem … his ego is the most bloated part about him, and that’s saying a lot.  Trump’s ego seemingly demanded that Trump do everything he could to erase the legacy of the positive things that were done by his predecessor, President Barack Obama.  Three of the things President Obama was most noted for were environmental regulations, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Trump has attempted to demolish all three of those, but the area in which he has been most successful is that of environmental regulations. pollution-2A New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and other sources, counts more than 90 environmental rules and regulations rolled back under Trump.environmental-rollbacksFor a detailed analysis of each, refer to the article in the Times.

Trump’s unconscionable rollback of these regulations benefits the fossil fuel industry and the logging industry barons, but harms this nation, its people and its precious resources, such as breathable air, potable water, safe food, national monuments, and wildlife.  More importantly, his actions are hastening the crisis that scientists are predicting.

The latest United Nations report on climate change issued last month paints a grim picture for the future of life on planet Earth.  In a statement announcing the findings, Inger Andersen, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, said …

“Our collective failure to act early and hard on climate change means we now must deliver deep cuts to emissions. We need to catch up on the years in which we procrastinated.”

Roughly 20 percent of the world has already warmed to troubling levels. Slowing future warming will require monumental changes, such as phasing out gas-powered cars, halting the construction of coal-fired power plants and overhauling how humans grow food and manage land.  And yet, Donald Trump continues to claim that climate change is all a hoax and has convinced a large number of his followers.  I recently (and regrettably) engaged in a conversation with one such person and … let me tell you, it’s a waste of precious breath, for Trump has brainwashed them to believe that he is smarter than all of the scientists in the world.  Quite a feat, eh?

As I said at the beginning, there are many, many things that Trump has done that have, in one way or another, brought harm to this nation and to We the People, but these two stand out as being the most inhumane on a large scale.  These two alone have greatly reduced the respectability of this nation around the world.  And fully 40% of the people in this nation continue to applaud.  Sigh.

20 thoughts on “Two Of The Worst Things …

  1. Oh Jill! These are two of the very worst things that Trump has done and they reduce to me to tears of sadness and anger, both at once! I fear that equally worse to his having done them is that both cannot satisfactorily be undone. Should we be fortunate enough to have the Democrats secure the 2020 election for the Presidency and both Houses, it would still be a long and difficult undertaking. Should Trump be reelected…a horrifying scenario…there is about no hope of either being undone. Thank-you!

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    • Me too, my friend! I … cannot understand how people can just turn their backs on these two things, just be content as long as their lives are not much changed. If Trump is re-elected next year, I think that I cannot continue to live in this … this world. Sigh. Got a lot of work to do between now and 11/03/2020! If we lose, it won’t be for a lack of trying to make the world better, to rid it of the vermin currently residing in the White House.


    • Yeah, you’re right Larry … who needs all those useless luxuries, eh? Sigh. And … what are the lives of a few thousand children, in the grand scheme of things? Disposable assets, just like all of us, in Trump’s world. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  2. This is so sad and heartbreaking. When the Dem’s take back the WH, I hope the first thing they do is demolish those detention centers and reunite the children with their families. Someone needs to do jail time for this crime against humanity. The silver lining is that many states are acting on their own to counter Trump’s damage to the environment, but alas, it isn’t enough. I hope Trudeau follows through on a strong environmental plan as he promised after this fall’s election. We’ll see.

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    • Might not be that easy, my friend, for thanks to the lousy record-keeping of the U.S. government, they have no idea where the parents of those children even are! I do agree with you that this is nothing less than a crime against humanity, just as bad as any case of genocide. While I applaud the states who are taking environmental responsibility, it will never be enough without the support of the federal government, and Trump is actively working against those states’ efforts. For example, California worked with 3 major auto makers for stricter emissions controls than the federal regulations call for, but Trump said they have not got the right to do that, and struck down their efforts! He’s not only useless, but is working against all sensible regulation. Sigh. I hope Trudeau does, too … he makes Trump look like the weasel he is!


  3. Jill, these are a memorable two. There is a third, which Michael Lewis defines in “The Fifth Risk.” He has demonized hard working public servants as an enemy of the people, especially when representatives dare push back. This may be the most spineless action of the sycophants in the GOP – not defending these people against the most corrupt and deceitful president in my lifetime. Good leaders defend their people, nog throw them under the bus. People like Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell ang Donald Trump should never be confused with good leaders. Graham, in particular, is so very disappointing. Trump called Ted Cruz’ father a traitor, but it does not seem to matter.

    We should remember that after-dinner shot at a global meeting, where Trump wandered the aisles until he sat down with his mentor Vladimir Putin. No one else wanted him at their table.

    The US president is not worth spending your dear reputation on.

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    • A good addition to my list, Keith. And, I would expand that to include his demonization of the free press, calling them, too, the ‘enemy of the people’, when in fact they are often the only thing standing between the people and a dictatorship. Graham is naught but a two-faced, “whichever side my bread is buttered on” hypocrite! Cruz is also for sale to the highest bidder. We have so much corruption today that I cannot keep up with it all, and it keeps me awake nights trying to figure it all out.


  4. Hello Jill. I wonder how long it will take when Warren becomes president to clear out the detention facilities of unwarranted prisoners? How much resources will it take to fix this ever worsening problem? Will the state pay for the therapy for both the kids and parents who have suffered trauma from these horrible polices? I am still baffled at the people who think cruelty to anyone especially children is OK or acceptable. I can’t understanding. I want to ask them would it be OK if it was their child or siblings? I if the rest of the world will hold the US accountable for crimes against human rights? Hugs

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    • If they don’t they are as bad as Trump, and I see no action being taken, anywhere. Everyone is scared of the US under normal circumstances. Under present circumstances, they are feeling terrorized. Instead of fighting terror, as Trump claims, he is now the terrorist. The world needs to wake up to this fact!

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    • I don’t know, my friend. I don’t know that it’s that simple, for they have lost track of the parents of many of the children who still reside in the concentration camps, er … detention centers. I fear that Warren’s best days are behind her, and the best she can hope for at this point is to be Sanders’ running mate. Sigh. I think those people who applaud cruelty to others, be it animals, children, or others just because they are somehow different … I think those people are not people with good hearts, not humanitarians, are lacking in the compassion that you and I seem to have an abundance of. I don’t understand those people, either, and I’m not sure I want to. Sigh. I don’t like this world much these days, y’know? Hugs

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