Happy Holidays

Kingston, NY, 2016

Kingston, NY, 2016

We’re the American multitudes, the 65,844,594 citizens who voted for Hillary Clinton, 2.8 million more, and counting (but not counting today in the Electoral College), than those who voted for Putin’s trumpadoodle. And contrary to the president-elect’s big, repeated lie, the ground held firm, and his margin of victory in the Electoral College was unimpressive, just the 46th largest of our 58 presidential tallies.

To resist Despicable Him, and to counter his lies, a free press is crucial. But good journalism costs money. Subscribe to and support independent and progressive news sources. Two (of so many) I find essential every day: Nation of Change (contributions are tax-deductible) and Think Progress (get a beautiful black t-shirt that says Resist. in big white letters, and for $40, wear your heart on your sleeve, well, actually your chest).

Some suggestions for resisting some of his minions. To resist the racist, jokester nominated for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions (who once quipped that the only thing he disliked about the KKK was its drug use): the ACLU (here, the organization’s run-down of the incoming cabinet members’ records on civil rights).

To resist Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist, who lives in his alt(-right) universe: Demos, MoveOn.org, Daily Kos. To resist Tom Price, would-be Obamacare repealer, Medicare-privitizer, the anti-choice choice for secretary of health and human services: Planned Parenthood and National Organization for Women.

To resist the nominee for labor secretary, CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., Andrew F. Puzder, the scrooge who is an opponent of increasing the minimum wage, the new rules expanding eligibility for overtime pay, and workplace protections (and who thinks that “babes in bikinis” pair perfectly with burgers): Fight for $15. And support unions.

To resist Betsy DeVos, auto parts heiress (married to an Amway heir), nominated for secretary of education and determined to implement “god’s plan” and make this a Christian nation, one parochial school voucher at a time: People for the American Way (“dissent is patriotic”). But before billionaire DeVos (whose brother is the super-mercenary Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater) makes it to her hearing, she has to pay the state of Ohio fines and fees for campaign finance violations racked up by her All Children Matter PAC. And we’re not talking about late library books. She owes $5.3 million.

To resist Scott Pruitt, fossil-fuel advocate and climate-change denier, who as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is the cabinet member who could do irreversible damage: Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Kingston YMCA Farm Project.

Somehow after this horrific election, my optimism and faith in our country is still functioning, and I think it’s possible some of the nominees will fatally stumble at their confirmation hearings. But most will survive, and as Charles Blow, columnist at The New York Times, recently wrote, they seem to have been selected to try “to destroy (their) agencies from the inside out, the way a worm slowly devours an apple.”

In this season of giving, it’s money-where-our-mouths-are time.

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4 Responses to Happy Holidays

  1. Wendy Palitz says:

    Excellent, Robin. I need this after spending the morning in Albany, shivering with 250 other people to beg electors (not ours, of course) to do the right thing. We got a lot of supporting honks from passing cars, mail trucks, school bus drivers. But we all knew it wasn’t going to make any difference. Last night I dreamt about being sentenced to death, so you Talking Pictures was a bright piece to wake up to.

    Thank you!

    Sent from my iPad


    • Thank you, Wendy.
      It’s really good you went to Albany for the Electoral College vote. I think we’re all going to be spending a lot of time protesting in the cold (and when it warms up again).
      The obvious interpretation of a dream isn’t supposed to be accurate, but I think your dream was about how Trump’s election is, if we’re not all endlessly vigilant and engaged, a death sentence for our democracy.

  2. Theresa Drapkin says:

    Love this, Robin!

    Thank you!!


    On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 9:41 PM, Talking Pictures wrote:

    > Robin Holland posted: ” We’re the American multitudes, the 65,844,594 > citizens who voted for Hillary Clinton, 2.8 million more, and counting (but > not counting today in the Electoral College), than those who voted for > Putin’s trumpadoodle. And contrary to the president-elect'” >

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