Yes, you have nothing to fear… unless, of course, you are a woman. If you are a woman, you are reminded every day how your misogynistic president is OK with grabbing you by the pussy. If you are a woman, particularly on the lower end of the income spectrum, you are faced with a president that will be pushing to dismantle or extremely disable Planned Parenthood.
But you are not a woman, so you don’t have anything to fear… unless, you are a parent. If you are a parent and have kids that will be attending a public school, then you may be concerned because he has put a billionaire campaign donor in charge of public education policy. A role that she is immensely unqualified for. And one that allows her to funnel your taxpayer dollars from public education into private and parochial schools that can, in her words, “advance God’s kingdom.”
But perhaps you are not a parent, or perhaps you are a conservative Christian that is ok with this sort of unrepresented taxation and violation of our separation of church and state.
In that case, you have nothing to fear… unless, you happen to be a proponent of strong Civil Rights matters surrounding gender, race, or sexual orientation. If that’s the case, then you are likely very concerned when you see Trump select Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General. A person who has voted NO to extending the hate crime definition to include sexual orientation. A person who voted YES to a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. A person who voted NO to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.
But, perhaps you are a heterosexual, white male. In that case, you have nothing to fear… unless, you happen to need clean air and drinking water. In that case, you may be very concerned about Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt. A man who has spent the last seven years suing the very department that he is now expected to lead. He is the first nominee from either party over the last 50 years that was actually opposed by the Environment Defense Fund, a non-profit, bipartisan group that is generally deferential to presidential EPA nominations.
I could keep going on and on, but I’ve got other things to do. We cannot be silent when we see others being oppressed. I believe that wholeheartedly, and I leave Plato’s “Silence implies consent” quote in my profile to remind me of that. I’ll leave you with a poem that I’m sure you’ve heard many times recently, but it bears repeating.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.