The past couple weeks have presented what some are calling a “historical catastrophe.” Donald Trump has caused one human rights uproar after another since entering office. With a few strokes of his pen, he has taken liberties with his “executive powers” and upended years of support that people of this nation justly received. He has triumphantly crippled many families across the world. His orders not only affect the United States of America, but people from other nations who are hoping for a better life here. If you haven’t been following Trump’s antics here is a quick recap of the executive orders and memorandums his presidency has featured so far:
January 20th, 2017
Proclamation 9570: National Day of Patriotic Devotion
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies: Regulatory Freeze Pending Review
Presidential Memorandum: Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement
January 23rd, 2017
Presidential Memorandum: Mexico City Policy
Presidential Memorandum: Hiring Freeze
January 24th, 2017
Presidential Memorandum: Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Presidential Memorandum: Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Presidential Memorandum: Construction of American Pipelines
Executive Order 13766: Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects
Presidential Memorandum: Streamlining
January 25th, 2017
Proclamation 9571: National School Choice Week, 2017
Executive Order 13767: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
January 27th, 2017
National Security Presidential Memorandum 1: Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces
Executive Order: Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Employees
January 28th, 2017
National Security Presidential Memorandum 2: Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council
National Security Presidential Memorandum 3: Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
January 29th, 2017
Executive Order: Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.
In two weeks, Trump has managed to destroy the lives of Americans whether they voted for him or not with acts that many are considering unconstitutional. In an article from The New York Times, Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman (2017) points out that he has been “much more enthusiastic about punishing people than he is about helping them.” Discussing the Trump administration’s idea to impose heavy tariffs on companies that manufacture overseas, Krugman points out that Trump could easily hurt the Rust Belt job market he pledged to save:
Even if tariffs lead to a partial reversal of the long decline in manufacturing employment, they won’t add jobs on net, just shift employment around. And they probably won’t even do that: Taken together, the new regime’s policies will probably lead to a faster, not slower, decline in American manufacturing.
Nancy Pelosi recently called Trump’s chief strategist and apparent biggest influence, Steve Bannon, a white supremacist; indeed, many are arguing that the Trump presidency seems like a last stand for white supremacists, a chance to erase all the right that President Obama and other great civil leaders have done thus far.
We the people have to fight not only for our rights but the rights of others. People have died and still are dying for the freedoms we have and still wanting to gain. With the flick of his pen, Trump has begun to strip all Americans of their liberties and make the U.S. serve as target practice for other countries around the world.So get involved know your rights and fight for others rights. Stay in the know and keep Donnie’s agenda, your agenda.