Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When You Voted For Donald Trump This Is The Message Your Vote Sent

  • When he mocked a disabled reporter, you're telling everyone it's ok to mock someone for a disability.
  • When he said he sexually assaults women because he's famous you're telling men of all ages it's ok to do that to women.
  • When he makes derogatory comments about different groups of people and appoints a white supremacist to his Government team, you're telling people it's ok to be racist.
  • When he refuses to pay contractors for the work they've done, then has his lawyers inform those people that they might win if they go to court but they'll make it take so long that they'll never see a penny of the money they were're telling businesses to be bullies.
None of these activities are ok! Period! If you haven't noticed it yet, the fact is he's a bully plain and simple. Maybe you voted for him not knowing about these facts, or maybe you didn't see how bad it really is. The truth is more than 60 million citizens voted for a bully. If you were one of them then you need to own up to the message that sends.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Every Vote Should Be Equal

The following map has been tossed around quite a bit, how the electoral college is important so just those populous regions don't dominate elections.
I say this logic is rubbish. The people in the gray areas live further apart from each other. Should their vote be worth more than the votes of the people living closer together in the blue areas? Because that is the argument being made. That is preposterous.

Every vote should count equally, no matter who the voter is, where that voter lives. One person, one vote. Plain and simple.

Rampant Violence and Fear

Since the results of the election violence and racism has become all too common. There are countless examples of it happening, here are just a few:

Maybe you voted for Trump but didn't realize this would be the outcome. Well can you watch this video @ Jorge Ramos - The Trump Effect and if they come for their parents, tell these kids you'll stand with them. Stand against those who come to destroy their family. The fear they feel is real and they're not alone. I've seen some Trump supporters mock millennials as weak because they feel this fear. Sadly nothing I say or do is likely change how they view the world. Which is quite sad, they will have to open their eyes on their own. However I will quote a very famous poem and hope it creates a spark:

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
- Martin Niemöller
Closer to home, my wife is afraid for her safety. I'll stand against anyone who tries to do anything to her but the fear is there. She wants to leave because she doesn't want to deal with the hatred, racism and discrimination that she could very well face because of the color of her skin. I understand her fear and concerns, this is not the America I grew up to believe in. We are better than this. If you see someone being discriminated against, stand with them. We can not allow activities like this! Stand up! Stand strong! We are the Agents of the Future!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fight or Flight: Where Do We Go From Here?

Recently, my friend Aaron asked me to contribute to a blog with him following the shocking Presidential election results here in the United States. Since both of us are passionate progressives, the election of Donald Trump as President-elect of the United States has hit us pretty hard. It has hit many people in this country - even the world - pretty hard.

Trump was a candidate that embraced the rhetoric of a bigot. He has said nasty things about Mexicans and Muslims. He was proud to brag about being able to sexually assault and harass women. He committed fraud through his "university" and through his foundation and through reneging on payments to employees. He has promised to take away the healthcare of millions of people through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. He has installed a climate change denier as the head of his transition team for the EPA, an agency he said he wants to do away with at some point. He picked a VP who is ultra religious and has used that to restrict women's reproductive rights and enact punishing legislation targeted towards the LGBT community while governor of Indiana. He supports "conversion therapy" for gay people. Both he and Trump have expressed the desire to restrict gay marriage and overturn Roe vs Wade. The list could go on...

All of those things and more have sent a chill through all of us who hold progressive values dear. It has many of us scared and dejected. It has some of us, literally, looking to move abroad right now. And, sadly, I have heard of some in the LGBT community who have committed or attempted suicide following the election. Friends of mine have had racist acts committed upon them in the wake of the election.

Sure, stuff like this has been happening well before this election. This country had a very long history of bigotry. But this election has seen a rise in bigotry I don't think many in my generation* and the Millennial generation has seen in our lifetimes while living here (*I'm just outside the Millennial generation yet sometimes lumped in with them). So, understandably, many of us are scared and confused and unsure of where to go from here.

And that is where this blog comes into being. It was an idea of Aaron's as a place to discuss the fears and confusion that this election has brought about in many of us. It is a place to discuss what we do from here. A place to inspire change and to organize and plan on ways to implement that change. I was honored that Aaron asked me to join in this endeavor and I hope to inspire lots of interesting discussion with you readers. Let's not let fear immobilize us! Let's be agents of change for a better future!

My First Official Blog Post of Agents of the Future

I decided to create this blog so my voice, and the voices of anyone that wants to join me, can try to help shape the future.

On election night I had thought Hillary would steam roll Trump and be the next President of the United States of America. Sadly I was gravely mistaken. I couldn't believe so many individuals in the country would vote for Trump and his horrific rhetoric. Trump is a horrible human being, a very big bully. We have already started seeing the ramifications of him being elected; all around us, in schools, out on the streets people are being mistreated, abused and even worse. This is not right.

We can not sit idly by as the next two to four years are going to have an impact that may take generations to fix. Perhaps if our voices are strong enough we can prevent the damage from getting done. I refuse to let his rhetoric of hate, violence, bigotry, and racism drive us backwards. We are better than this.

Our forefathers did not suffer through some of the toughest times like the Civil Rights movement to see it all whisked away overnight!

You are not alone. I am not alone. Together we can give ourselves on a better future!

About Us - Aaron Franchi

On November 8th, 2016 Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of the United States of America. Prior to then I've always paid attention to politics, participated by voting and having discussions however it was at that moment I knew I could no longer sit back. As in many situations we have a choice, stay and fight or run and hide. I could move to another country but I can't sit idly by and watch the USA fall apart. I've decided to stay and fight. I'm considering running for public office, but whether or not that happens I want to voice my opinions, use facts and help bring about a better future than what is around the corner with Donald Trump at the helm and conservatives having control of all three branches of government. @