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AdLib On January - 23 - 2017

On January 2oth, 2017, a majority of Americans had to accept the excruciating travesty of bigot, narcissist and con man, Donald J. Trump being inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

After enduring 10 weeks of Trump’s torturous transition into office, many Americans were quite depressed and discouraged. Trump’s cabinet picks all seemed chosen to corrupt or destroy the departments they would oversee, his continued attacks on and evasion of the press caused concern that there would be little to no transparency during his term and his assurances that he would repeal Obamacare, end Climate Change policies and slash taxes for the wealthy seemed overwhelming in their destructiveness to the future of the country.

The rotten cherry on the sundae was his inauguration speech which, instead of being gracious and expressing a positive desire to bring the country together, doubled down on the divisive lies and demagoguery of his campaign. He painted America as a third world country drowning in “carnage” and portraying all leaders who came before him (and who graciously attended his inauguration) as spiteful of the people and feckless…only The Great and Powerful Trump would give the people back their country and make ISIS, urban violence and economic injustice disappear with a snap of his fingers.

He even had the audacity the day before to talk about what the theme would be for his re-election campaign in 2020, “Keep America Great”, even though he hadn’t yet served even one day in office (or made anything great).

The impact of Trump being given such power over our country and the unsurprising but still upsetting sociopathy he continues to display weighed so heavily and oppressing on so many Americans minds.

Then the day after came.

In what has been broadly described throughout the media as the largest and most widespread protest against an incoming president in history, The Women’s March exploded across the United States and the world “in numbers too big to ignore”…far greater than the relatively sparse crowd that came to watch Trump’s inauguration. Over 600 marches across the country and more in Europe, Asia, Africa, etc. Trump likes to talk a lot about movements, he’s now facing a real and global movement that’s ready to stand dead set against him.

And he was only in office for one day.

The strength, confidence and conviction of this movement is undeniable and the driving force is unmistakeable…women. Innocently begun by a grandmother in Hawaii as an expression of dismay at Hillary Clinton’s loss and Trump’s win, women around the country and the world came together to march in staggering numbers (with men and family welcomed and by their sides) to express their resolve that they will be a formidable force against the threats that Trump and Republicans pose.

What struck me seemed to strike many others about these marches. The signs and the expressions of the marchers. Happy warriors with a variety of different issues that concern them most and such wonderful wit and creativity in expressing them. There was a sisterhood that connected all of these marchers and their issues together but it was inclusive of all who marched.

The warmth of this outpouring of conscience and activism seemed to dissolve the dark clouds that accompanied the Trump inauguration. As bad as many felt about Trump and all that his election threatens to do to the country, this incredible protest assured most Americans that they aren’t alone and that they aren’t powerless.

There is a logic to women being the ones who have ignited and drive this vast movement. Trump represents just about every horrible quality that could be ascribed to men and that has been used to mistreat and abuse women. He is the poster boy for chauvinism, sexual predators and dehumanizing.

Add to that, his brutal campaign against Hillary Clinton seemed like an allegory for what the playing field has been like for many women to compete against men. The double standard was heavily at play, Trump had actually done harm to real people, refusing to pay small businesses and forcing owners out of business, refusing to let black people rent his apartments and admitting himself that he used his position of wealth, celebrity and power to sexually assault women. He confessed to being a sex offender, he is a self-confessed criminal who committed a crime.

Meanwhile, Hillary had some top secret emails on a private server that never got into the wrong hands (if you don’t count the FBI), was not a criminal act and never hurt a single person (except herself)…and yet she was savaged by Republicans in Congress, Trump and the media as being awful and unforgivable for what she had done.

Trump also campaigned against Hillary by using that old chauvinist cudgel, women are too weak to be leaders.

There are many women who recognize Trump for who he is, many have had their own Trumps in their lives and what this march and movement seems to express is that women aren’t weak and won’t stand by and allow Trump the freedom to act against them and those they care about (which is just about everyone in the country).

There are those voters who really connected with Hillary Clinton and those who didn’t. What did seem to get lost in the campaign thanks to the Trump factor, with Hillary as the first woman candidate for president from a major party, is what a difference it could make for the country to have a woman’s sensibilities behind the desk in the White House. We certainly are already seeing what happens when a another chauvinistic dinosaur takes office, today Trump signed an executive order denying funding internationally to any NGO that provides women with abortions, even if none of the money is used for them. It almost seems like a vengeful reply to The Women’s March but Trump would have signed this anyway because it asserts male domination over women’s bodies around the world and isn’t that what his marriages and beauty contests were all about as well?

We’ve had 45 straight men as presidents (well, maybe all of them haven’t been straight), too many of whom, like Trump, have the male ego deficiencies and insecurities that lead to destructive dishonesty, heartlessness towards fellow Americans and unnecessary wars.

We’re facing a concerted effort by an old school, patriarchal, wealthy white male to reassert the dominance of the wealthy white male patriarchy in America and there seems no more powerful or ideal leaders of a movement to thwart this than the very women he and Republicans hope to dominate.

Women make up the majority of voters in the U.S.. They voted for Hillary and Democrats by a wide majority (while a majority of men went for Trump). They just staged the biggest, most peaceful and successful national and global protest we’ve seen in modern times with little time and preparation. Who better than women to lead the resistance to Trump and the social revolution that’s sought by a majority of Americans?

The Women’s March has energized and inspired Americans and many around the world, they’re fired up and ready to go.

There were so many fantastic signs marchers made for the march but one that seemed quite inspirational and reflective of the empowerment this movement inspires said, “Thanks President Obama, we’ve got this!”

It sure looks like a revolution against Trump and Trumpism is happening and the revolution will be feminized.

Now, for a few of the fantastic signs that reflect the principled and determined marchers behind them:

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. jjgravitas says:

    Adlib, excellent as always. Trump’s reign is blowing past Nixon’s and now looks more like the Madness of King George that led to the founding of our country.

  2. Nirek says:

    I fully support this movement. I support women because they are deserving of equal treatment and respect. Trump doesn’t respect anyone, man or woman, unless they are rich.

    I like all the signs and agree with their cause.

    • AdLib says:

      Nirek, I think this movement can only grow from the already enormous size it’s started out at. It’s very much about the dignity and rights of Americans, using the chauvinist system of oppression and suppression that Trump embodies as a starting point.

      The minority composed of wealthy white males have been squeezing the majority tighter and tighter and I think Trump’s being in the WH will be the last straw.

      As Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities:

      “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

      There are difficult times ahead because of Trump but there is also great opportunity for unity because most Americans share a common enemy now. And I think The Women’s March is a powerful step forward towards that and will continue to grow in size and more importantly, in vision and influence.

  3. VegasBabe says:

    I don’t trust these white women, not one iota. Wasn’t it white women who helped launch the dump into the WH in the 1st place? Wasn’t it they who decided, many, and some of whom I’ve met, not to vote at all if Sanders wasn’t selected? Or didn’t like either candidate so they chose neither, knowing full well what he was/is? Or had such distrust and hatred for HRC, a WOMAN, having apparently drunk the FOX kool aid, refused to even independently conduct their own research on the many HRC bogus allegations? Now they have a problem w/”it”, who won, not on merit, but because of their irresponsibility? The catalyst seems to have been the threat and challenge regarding reproductive rights but those with add’l issues such as BLM appeared welcome to join along, albeit as an afterthought. And I saw little if any female representation from any immigration reform org. It all seemed one-sided to me which surprised me little.

    The best aspect was the humiliation “it” had to suffer comparing the inaugural numbers with that of the protestors.

    It didn’t feel to me like an all inclusive issues related protest.

    Am I wrong Ad? Help me to understand what you see and what I didn’t.

    • AdLib says:

      Hey VB, I don’t know how much of the protests you saw, I really wanted to attend the one here in LA but had a conflict I unfortunately couldn’t change. So I watched it for many hours on tv and I saw women of all ethnicities and walks of life, young and old, rural and urban, with signs about a wide variety of issues.

      People came out to march for the issues that meant the most to them but it was all under the umbrella of women being empowered. So I would disagree that it wasn’t all inclusive on issues, just google “Women’s March signs” and you’ll see how many different issues so many different women (and men) were marching for.

      Also, it’s not the case that this march was white women. It was all races, religions and nationalities. It was in urban areas and suburban areas, in the West and Deep South and it wasn’t just here in the US but was global, in Asia, Africa, South America, etc.

      Additionally, I can’t agree with the assumption that the marchers were either Bernie supporters who didn’t vote for Hillary or Trump voters who now have buyer’s remorse. I would however bet that at least 90% of the people who marched in the US voted for Hillary because the signs they carried (and that appear in my post) are the signs of Democrats who oppose Trump. I think they feel just as you do about Trump having won. That’s why they felt they had to do something about it and marched.

      I think it would be self-destructive to the Dem party and to any movement being built to oppose Trump and take back the WH if some Dems continued focusing their anger on blaming fellow Dems for Trump winning. This is a time to come together against this sick, dangerous man, which is why I am so enthused by this march. The revolt has started and I think it’s time Dems turned their resentments away from fellow Dems and aimed their anger at the true adversary that poses a threat to us.

  4. Kalima says:

    Thanks, AdLib!

    As a woman living in a country of aging chauvinists, I was so inspired by this march and all the marches across the country and internationally. This is a great tribute to their strength and unwavering conviction to make their/our voices heard. A fitting tribute to women opposing trump, and all of us who stand in solidarity with oppressed women and the fight against the dehumanising of minorities everywhere.

    A question I would like to ask every republican, or extreme conservative around the world.

    Is/was your grandmother, your mother, your wife, your daughter, your sister a woman, and do you respect them?

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, I have to think that most Americans (who already oppose Trump anyway) and most people around the world (except the propagandized Russians) feel just as inspired as we do. It did affirm what we may not have been as sure of, that there are millions of fellow citizens around us in the U.S. and around the world who are just as outraged about Trump and will stand up together in big numbers against him and what he represents.

      I’d guess that the success of this will snowball and make more people energized to come out the next time.

      As for the Republicans you refer to, I think many would say they do respect the women in their life but we would see that their disrespect spoke louder than their words.

      The type of men who exploit chauvinism in societies do so because they benefit from it and their selfishness overrides any crumb of conscience. They have a limited capacity for compassion and view women as objects and inferiors because they are in fact threatened by them.

      Many Republican men support positions that would take away the rights of the women in their family but there are a lot of Republican women too who disrespect women, they’ve bought into chauvinism as the way society should be because that world they grew up in makes more sense to their poor corrupted minds.

      Though, if a Republican man’s mother, wife or sister was sexually assaulted by a Republican politician with similar views as they hold…might they not feel differently?

      Love and compassion are political issues, maybe among the most important right now and we’re not going to see it advanced by Republicans. Who better than free thinking, conscientious women to pursue and promote this and other critical agendas?

      I am very enthused by this and whatever the damage Trump does, I think we will come back at him and Repubs in massive numbers to see our society fixed and made better.

  5. gyp46 says:

    What can I add to this? Not much, except to say that as a 70 yr old white male I was gobsmacked by these ladies. I tuned in thinking, well I’ll just have a looksee, hours later when the March was breaking up I looked at the clock with amazement, time had flown so fast. I started this comment thinking to add something about the arguing about the minutia of the trumpers on crowd size but will not. Great job Adlib.

    • AdLib says:

      gyp46, right with you on that, I started watching the live coverage of the DC march and I couldn’t stop! It was so exciting to watch this happening, such massive amounts of marchers, all so committed and passionate yet calm with confidence.

      This is a movement I am thrilled to follow and be apart of. Not a diss of Hillary but this march proved what I feel Hillary never successfully communicated to the country, how strong and effective women can be at leading.

      As for Trump for whom size matters, his inauguration crowd looked like a Chuck E Cheese birthday party compared to the massive Women’s March that was worldwide.

      Size does matter when it comes to hammering Trump and it’s clear to all but Sean Spicer that Trump ended up (of course) on the short end.

  6. Fuzzy Dunlop says:

    Great shout out to this wonderful new movement. My daughter marched in Portland, Ore. on Saturday.

    I agree, those signs are great…..and correctly spelled too.

    • AdLib says:

      Hey FD, thanks, I am so inspired and energized by this women’s movement that includes all of us. They created a massive global protest that is smart, witty and peaceful. I don’t know a men-driven movement could have accomplished what they did.

      And not a small point, their signs all had correct spelling, showing far more smarts to go along with their protest than Tea Party haters.

      Cheers to your daughter, very cool!

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