Since the election of Donald Trump there has been and an upswing in overt racist activity. Across the country, anti-semitic bomb threats have increased. In Kansas, two visitors from India were shot one killed. The alleged shooter was heard to have said, “Get out of my country.” Such verbose hatred echoes President Trump’s vile rhetoric. For example, when talking about the hunting and rounding up of undocumented workers in the country, Trump yells, “Get them the hell out of here!” His administration, guided by Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon, are dead set on instituting a Muslim ban. It seems as if they are praying for one incident to happen in order to justify their method of making American’s safe. In the administration’s attempt to make Americans safe, the President and his closest aides are doing irreparable damage to the country. The fact that Republican support for Trump is close to 84% should not deter the nation’s majority from opposing the current direction of a currently directionless country. One might say, but the stock market is setting records. Wall Street is responding to signals from the Trump presidency that includes the following: deregulation of workplace safety, deregulation of environmental controls, deregulation of business practice oversight, no increase in minimum wages, and generally unfettered capitalist enterprise.
Republicans are in control of almost all government institutions in America. This includes the presidency, Congress, and the judicial branch of government. This also includes state governments across the country. Although many Republicans ran away from Trump during the 2016 campaign, they now see a possible opportunity to wreck the economy as they usually do when they have had similar majorities in the past. Currently, the only real check on the Republican governmental majority is the people. The early push back from the people was quite evident on the first full day of the Trump administration when more people attended the Woman March than attended the Inauguration of the 45th President. Demonstrations and protests have not waned since that time. Make no mistake about it, these are anti-Trump demonstrations. Yet, they are not all necessarily marked by people on the left. Members of Congress who have been holding town hall meetings have faced the wrath of their Red state and Red county constituency. Many have chosen to slip out the back door or not hold the meetings altogether. In many cases, these are people who are simply unimpressed with Trump and the Republican attempt to take away health care.
Arguments in support of Trump say that he is keeping his campaign promises. What seems to be the problem is that the rhetoric from the Trump campaign was so vile that not many people actually believed he would attempt to follow through on such lunacy. My personal disgust with Trump began long before he decided to run for President. When Trump became the “birther” in chief, I was done. Since that time I have only watched his demagoguery expand and eventually get propelled to the national stage via the presidency of the United States. I took him at his word that he would institute a racist regime. The simple keeping of a racist pledge is not an admirable trait. Soft characterization of extreme racist tendencies only adds a type of legitimacy to the highjacking of the America political system in 2016 and 2017.
Opponents of the Trump agenda have come to known as “the Indivisibles.” News commentators have likened the Indivisible Movement to the Tea Party Movement that rose up against President Obama. However, there are several differences. The Tea Party Movement rose up in opposition to having a Black President. As much as the adherents to the Tea Party Movement will deny this assertion, history will bear this out. Before Obama had attempted to implement any policy or executive order, he was already being vilified. As the record will show, Trump was acting as if he were President long before he took the oath of office. People knew very well what type of policies he would set forth as President. Tea Party fear was based on having one’s guns taken away the habitual fear of universal health care. Indivisible fear is based on the very real prospects of dying from a lack of health care. Indivisible fear is based on the very real escalation of “hate” in America. Indivisible fear is based on the very real destabilization of international alliances that have truly kept America safe. Indivisible fear is based on the very real assault on the environment, education, voting rights, civil rights, and First Amendment rights by President Trump and his administration. President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize during his first year in office. Distracters’ could not understand why he received the award. Perhaps now they can understand what happens when one of America’s best Presidents is followed by one of America’s worst Presidents. Currently, America is presenting an extremely ugly face to the rest of the world. It is a face that has been created and projected by Donald Trump who, by the way, is NOT MY PRESIDENT!
Anthony Neal earned his Ph.D. in political science from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). Dr. Neal is an associate professor at State University College, Buffalo. The author of numerous book reviews and journal articles, he has had his work published in the Western Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Black Studies, and Black Issues in Higher Education. In 2014 Dr. Neal received the university’s Faculty Appreciation Award, was named Instructor of the Year by the university’s United Student Government, and Professor of the Year by the Student Political Society in the Department of Political Science. In 2015, he published The American Political Narrative which is a succinct yet poignant narrative about the development of the American political system and what is needed to maintain it. In 2016, he published a book of poetry entitled “Love Agnostic | from 9/11 to Charleston”