Day 83 of the Trump Presidency
From the Boundless Reservoir — April 12, 2017
What’s happening? Are you connected? Are you doing what there is to do to take care of yourself? It’s important because you’re important.
Question: does anyone out there reading this want to help me organize the drop box folder? I’m adding articles and resources daily — it is at about 500 pieces. I’ve done a bit of organization, but to have it be really useful, it could stand more organization. Maybe the Drop Box folder is really just for me and no organization is needed. However, I’d like to think it’s a useful a growing library of resources. If you’re interested and organizing is your thing, would you send me a note through Facebook Messenger?
A few quick things before I get to the feature of this post. First, have you read the piece that Aurora wrote about her personal experience with pesticides? It’s in the comments section of yesterday’s post — it is POWERFUL. If you haven’t read it, go read it now. We have a problem and it is not being stopped. Monsanto is not our friend and is not a friend of our planet. The more we support organic produce, the more we can potentially cut into this world. Do you remember the flak Michelle Obama got when she started the organic garden at the White House? Monsanto wanted it be a Round-Up friendly garden. We are killing the life giving vitality of the soil with all the pesticides being dumped on it.
Second, I’ve saved an article and have it attached on the Medium post about the incoherent, regularly changing messages from the White House. First NATO is obsolete, then it’s not. It’s one thing one day, something entirely different a week or a day later. He did promise to be unpredictable, and that, for sure, he is being! I’m just not sure that is so good for foreign relations — it seems to me his impulsiveness and a lack of any real, coherent foreign policy (does anyone out there have any ideas what it is?) is dangerous given the volatility in Syria, the Middle East in general and North Korea.
Third, there seems to be some indication that Bannon is losing the fight of influence in the White House. Trump clearly dissed him today. I think it would be a very, very good thing if Bannon was shown the door. It would eliminate a very dangerous man from the administration, and would likely turn Breitbart News into a venomous anti-Trump mouthpiece. We shall see how that plays out.
Now, the main event: Leonard Leo. Who is this man and why does he have such influence? I heard part of an interview on Fresh Aire with Jeffrey Toobin, who is a lawyer and legal analyst for both the New Yorker and CNN, discussing Leo and his role in shaping the Supreme Court. Toobin wrote a piece published in the current issue of the New Yorker called “The Conservative Pipeline to The Supreme Court.” It’s attached in the Medium post and posted directly following this on Facebook. I highly, highly recommend reading the article. It is, for me, one of the most compelling reason we must not let Donald Trump have two terms. As it is, it is a real possibility that Trump could have between 1 and 3 more appointees to the Supreme Court during this four years, and should he have eight years, he almost certainly would have at least 3 given the age of the current justices (RBG is 84!! Holy shit! Hold on Ruth!). If that were to happen, it would shape the Supreme Court for a generation, and given that Leo is apparently the author of the list Trump is using for his selections, well…after reading the article, you’ll have a pretty clear picture of what is likely to happen.
Given that McConnell changed the rules requiring that nominees to the Supreme Court only need a simple majority to be confirmed, and given that in 2018, of the 34 Senate seats up for re-election, only 9 are Republican, and pretty much all of them are pretty damn safe, it is highly unlikely that anyone that Trump nominates won’t be confirmed. So, we hope for the continued health of RGB, Steven Breyer and Anthony Kennedy, and we do what we can to insure Trump is defeated in 2020.
There you go. It seems to me that what there is for us to do is take actions now that make a difference. There are organizations like the ACLU and the NRDC that are fighting the good fight and need resources. Keep giving. Planned Parenthood is so important. Give to them. There are others — and they all need money to fund what they are doing. I know the call for money is endless. But it is the essential resource that fuels the work on the ground. Keep yourself awake. I know it’s a lot — it’s relentless and can seem overwhelming. Be kind. Don’t buy anything that Nestle has anything do with. Carry a water bottle and fill it from the drinking fountain. Don’t buy or use anti-bacterial soap (unless of course you’re the purchasing agent in a hospital or something like that. It is nasty, nasty stuff and the active ingredient is SOOO toxic in the water system.) I don’t know — there are lots of things you can do or not do. But, I think most important is to be kind and to really listen.
That’s it. Good night! See you tomorrow.
The Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, which were held last month, in Washington, D.C., quickly fell…www.newyorker.com
He said that he might consider reappointing Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve when her term ends next…www.nytimes.com
Link to Drop Box Folder