By Sean C. Bowers
Only 123 million of a total 300 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote 63 to 60 million votes. That means roughly 20 percent or 1 in 5 Americans voted for Donald Trump. The unarguable math shows 80 percent or 4 out of 5 people in the nation are not on-board with the U.S.S. Trumptify’s maiden voyage on his “Death, Dismemberment and Destruction” world cruise down old (white) people’s memory lane.
America and the world proclaimed over the inauguration weekend that the Donald will not be just a’ grabbing away at women and women’s rights with protests doubling to tripling the numbers of people who came to support the incoming “Predator-and-Chief’s” inauguration. The point is that women, their shot at equal pay, their reproductive choices and optional rights, Planned Parenthood, Roe VS Wade and the Supreme Court’s balance, are all under attack and taking conservative Republican fire, from only that 20-30 percent SLICE/SLIVER of Americans.
That loony-toon 1/3 section of America has shown over time their willingness to play loosely with facts, numbers, the truth and science, if at all. It was further evidenced in (that 1/3’s) new President disputing the comparative numbers of the noon Washington National Mall aerial photos. The photos clearly show the National Mall Friday during the 16-minute Trump tirade with 1/3 of Obama’s 2008 or 2012 attendance ceremonies. Yet, Trump boldly stated that the media did not accurately report the attendance numbers, as if they had been caught in some sort of lie. How IRONIC! Clearly he and members of his base are living in their own Fantasia fantasy world which is now on a collision course with our real world. Two-thirds of the National Mall was not photo shopped; Trump’s over exaggerated numbers of supporters, were simply dressed as empty malls grounds, blending in.
You, Sir, are misstating when you imply you have any sort of majority or mandate from the real numbers of Americans, which is only 20-30 percent at best. You, Don, don’t have anything close to a majority, so don’t act like you do. Day 1, the first shot was fired, by you, Sir. The fact that your press secretary would not take questions about the smaller crowds of your inauguration does not, nor will it ever, make the facts disappear or go away.
Get ready for articles and interviews with actual reporting disclosing facts that will come up over the next four years. You, Sir, and your triple-speak campaign translators don’t get to pick the topics, questions or issues that are raised: you all work for US. You also don’t get to ignore the topics or questions or act as if “We the People,” and the (our) “watch dog press” are the lying crazy ones when we point out that the emperor (he wants to be) is naked and wearing no clothes. We all can plainly see, you’re nuts. We can all see with our own eyes, your ridiculous money grab.
Your nominees for instance, collectively have more net worth than the bottom third of all Americans. Know that each time you ignore, lie, stretch, embellish, or disregard the truth and facts, we will be right HERE! Housewives, those working 2-3 jobs, and women- led household breadwinners will be HERE, collectively making our voices and opinions known.
We, the minorities of America, living in those places you never even drive through on your way to the airport, will be HERE- still rising up from not-so-distant still-smoldering ashes of slavery and Jim Crow demanding our Civil Rights. We progressives, who can’t stomach your regurgitated old (white) boys’ network mantras of trickle-down, are now doubling down on our ability to tell and be on the right side of the real proven truth, longer than you and your newfound (adopted – at gun point) Republican freak show family can. WE ARE ALL HERE, US, the 70-80 percent of Americans who didn’t vote for you.
We are here to keep you in check. We will keep you from harming yourself or US. We will be praying for you, that you finally get it before you try to cross US and do something that attempts to irrevocably break America. We will not end up broke or be broken- we’ve come too far-and we still have too far to go- to reach the Promised Land.
Sean C. Bowers is a local progressive youth development coach, author and poet, who has written for the New Journal and Guide for eighteen years. His book of over 120 NJ&G articles detailing the issues is available via email at V1ZUAL1ZE@aol.com and he does make large-scale solutions presentations upon request.