The beginning of the Trumpocracy

As one of his first moves shortly after being inaugurated as the 45th president of these United States, Donald Trump declared his inauguration day a holiday. Seriously. He singed an executive order forwarding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which could revoke health care coverage for nearly 20 million people, and then signs a proclamation designating Jan. 20, 2017 a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.”

Jesus.

Only Congress can create recurring national holidays, but the president is within his powers to designate certain days as he chooses. But this president chose to make his first day in office a holiday for no other reason than because it serves his bloated ego.

It’s unclear if Congress will make this an annual holiday, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-01798.pdf

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There is hope

I am proud to have participated in Saturday’s historic marches. I was unable to go to Washington D.C. but my two girls and I made a sister march here in New Jersey with thousands of others. It was their first demonstration. It won’t be their last.

The days are dark ahead, but take just a minute or two to look through these pictures of the marches across the country. If you don’t find hope there, I don’t know what to tell you. Great stuff.

The time is now!

The Revolution starts today, people. It’s time to get up off your asses and put that anger to work in the streets. And get used to being there. Nothing changes if you don’t. Can’t find the revolution? Don’t know where it is?

Follow the women.

They know exactly where it is.

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Betsy DeVos is a contemptuous idiot

The Bible-thumping, voucher-hound billionaire Drumpf wants to install as head of the Department of Education is not only unqualified to run the nation’s schools, she’s a little fuzzy on what the DOE actually does.

During her confirmation hearing Tuesday, she buckled under a softball question from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), was ripped to shreds by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and said she thinks maybe teachers should have access to guns in schools to fend off the frequent grizzly bear attacks that occupy so much of educators’ time.

“Senator I think that’s a really interesting idea,” DeVos said when asked by Sanders about his plan to provide tuition-free college education. “And it’s really great to consider and think about, but I think we also have to consider the fact that there’s nothing in life that’s truly free, somebody’s going to pay for it.”

So says the billionaire daughter of Edgar Prince, founder of the Michigan-based auto parts business that sold for $1.35 billion in 1996 and the wife of Dick DeVos, heir to the massive Amway fortune.

It would be all too funny if she wasn’t so fucking scary. I mean, jesus, her brother is the founder of Blackwater, the notorious mercenary group.

This Media Matters piece delves a little deeper into who DeVos really is and what she stands for. Spoiler alert: She’s not keen on public education.

And Brave New Films also is promoting a short film on DeVos’ contribution to failing districts in Michigan.