Alert: a policy missile of the Trump Administration is heading your way. Seek shelter immediately. This is not a drill.
Within the next few weeks, ICE officials will conduct a massive sweep of neighborhoods and workplaces in San Francisco and other Northern California cities to strike against sanctuary laws that aim to protect undocumented immigrants. They plan to arrest and deport more than 1500 people, which will unavoidably destroy families, disrupt essential services such as healthcare, and instill fear in communities of color.
The federal government faces a shutdown this weekend if our Chaos President and Congress can’t resolve the DACA issue, which is entangled with the Great Wall of Mexico, and now funding for children’s healthcare as well. The GOP’s holding CHIP hostage in order to get money for the Wall truly demonstrates the cynical nature of political football: option plays, end runs, mis-directions, flea-flickers, razzle-dazzle. Just win, baby.
On a different battlefront, the Trump Administration has unveiled a sweeping proposal to open nearly all US waters, including the long-protected California coast, to offshore drilling for oil and gas. Florida, which has a Republican governor and Mar-a-Lago (not necessarily in that order), has been exempted from a proposed policy which would endanger coastal economies and the environment. Not to mention ruining the view from Trump’s golf course, hence the Florida exemption. California has been ravaged by a series of devastating fires and floods, natural disasters which can be linked to global climate change, while Trump shuns the Paris Accord and blithely (or perhaps corruptly) continues to promote fossil fuels. To me, the image of millions of acres and a thousand homes going up in flames, then many others swept away by the ensuing mudslides, is as alarming as an incoming nuclear warhead.
Trump continues daily to launch missiles of misogyny and rockets of racism; it seems almost an intentional distraction, when he flashes xenophobia, support for white nationalists, vulgar references to Haiti and Africa, attacks on the press, threats to the nation’s health coverage, and on and on. The delayed-action bomb of tax “reform” has already hit its target. While our attention is drawn to yet another outrage, he pushes the allegedly big nuclear button, risking the lives and well-being of millions of immigrants, Dreamers, sick children, coastal dwellers and, in the case of global warming, merely all future generations of humankind!
In Hawaii and Japan recently, nuclear alerts turned out to be false alarms. This is not a false alarm; for many, it is a matter of life and death. It’s hugely ironic to me that, when Trump passed his physical last week and was declared not to be (officially) demented or insane, I actually took that as bad news: in other words, he is doing all of this on purpose, with intentional malice. If Trump is “like, really smart” and a “stable genius,” he is also an evil one.
So seek shelter. Or better yet: on Saturday January 20th, the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, seek the protest nearest you. Protest for racial equality, demonstrate for women’s rights, march for science and the environment, protect the Dreamers and other immigrants, reach out to one another and, as I’ve been urging all year, VOTE in this year’s midterm elections.