Here’s what you need to know from yesterday’s news:
The Intelligence Community Whistleblower story continued to explode. The Washington Post reported that the whistleblower’s complaint encompassed multiple acts by the president, not just a single phone call, and the general subject matter concerns the country of Ukraine. Speculation focused on a previous report by WaPo that Trump tried to compel Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for already-authorized foreign aid–did the whistleblower have evidence of this? If so, it would amount to a grotesquely unAmerican abuse of power, and possibly a violation of law.
Rudy Giuliani went on CNN’s Chris Cuomo show last night and tried to deflect from the Ukraine story but Cuomo wouldn’t let up and a sweaty Giuliani eventually lost his cool and went into a red-faced shouting rant as veins bulged on his forehead. It was hard not conclude from his pitiful desperation that Giuliani was a guilty man shilling for a guilty president. He was later raked over the coals on social media and on Cable news.
There was also some good news. The Trump regime appears to have quietly dropped their plan to cancel visas and deport people from foreign countries who have come here seeking life-saving medical treatment. Hearings before Congress last week and subsequent reporting and public outrage seemingly contributed to a reversal of this plan, which would have led to the death of many of those targeted for deportation.
These scandals are just a drop in the bucket of the Trump regime, yet they are critically important. Our Democracy and the integrity of the Presidency are critically important. But staying focused and informed can be exhausting. A recent article in Salon by Paul Rosenberg delves into Trump Depression syndrome and ties our national situation to the typical anxieties that tyrants and authoritarianism produces.
In one sense, the resistance has continued and deepened — it was the organizational foundation of the 2018 “blue wave.” But in another sense, it has waned with exhaustion and overwhelming onslaught: the ongoing border and other immigration atrocities have been met with outrage, but nothing like the mobilization seen when the Muslim ban was announced. This looks to be a worrying symptom of exhaustion, and Trump clearly believes he can outlast this opposition. What lessons should we take from this?
Here’s a link to the article:
While we have indeed been experiencing an overwhelming onslaught of scandal and corruption, our lack of a Muslim Ban-level mobilization is not necessarily a sign of waning interest. Instead we’ve seen a fragmentation of activism mirroring the myriad institutions that Trump has attacked. Some people protest reproductive rights, some protest immigration policy, some protest gun policy, some protest inequality, and some protest healthcare. Even though each of those topics might be important to us all, we can’t go out and join every protest on every issue. But there seems to be regular action around each of those issues on a smaller though effective scale.
For example, today people around the country and world will participate in the Climate Strike organized by Greta Thunberg and various environmental partners. New York City has already declared that students won’t be penalized for being absent from school, so a large contingent of students are expected to participate as well as adults. A number of actions will be held in our area. You can find one near you here:
There will also be a Unity Rally on Saturday in Kingston if you can’t get to the large “We The People” march on the same day in Washington DC. It will take place from Noon to 2pm at the Kingston Academy Green, 238 Clinton Avenue, sponsored by various local Indivisible and progressive groups.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”