Happy Wednes…wait wait wait, I just can’t do it today folks.
Yea everyday is supposed to be a happy day or something but I am really angry and you should be too.
Being an American abroad I am painfully aware of my nation’s reputation outside of our boarders especially after the results of the November 2016 presidential election.
Regardless of where you stood before the election, now that he has taken office he has done some objectively questionable things for someone who is supposed to be the leader of the free world. Some examples include but are not limited to:
- taunting North Korea on Twitter
- refusing to read the presidential daily national security briefing more than once a week because, you know, he’s, “…like, a smart person.”
- blatantly lying about the crowd size at his ingratiation ceremony ON HIS FIRST DAY IN OFFICE
All this doesn’t even begin to touch his litany of flagrant actions regarding control of the press by ordering the EPA to remove climate change statics from their site, his intention to cut safety regulations by 75%, nor his reinstating of the Global gag rule which bans international NGOs with US funding from providing abortions or providing information.
Don’t get me wrong ALL of these things horrify, disgust, offend, embarrass, and infuriate me. However one thing that has me deeply worried is his pick for the head of the FCC: Ajit Pai. Ajit Pai is against Net Neutrality and that is very very bad.
If you don’t already know what Net Neutrality is, watch this short video by CGP Grey and find out.
While we’re at it, let’s me provide a video also from CGP Grey explaining how, even though Trump lost the popular vote, he still won the election and why that’s a major problem in our system.
Now that you’re familiar with Net Neutrality and as most of my audience are fellow bloggers, I’m sure you can start to see the nature of the problem. People like you, fellow blogger, and me, a person who can barely afford groceries and is going deeper into student debt, there is NO WAY I will be able to afford to pay fees to keep a fair amount of bandwidth coming to my site to provide you with wonderful content three times a week and this is just the smallest of concerns. What really terrifies me is the implications on independent media outlets or really any media outlets that the FCC, aka Trump, doesn’t like and want’s to deny service or any media company that wants to squish the competition even further from the already small number of companies that provide 90% of the media to the country.
Picture getting clearer here? I really hope so. Now it’s not all bad news. Massachusetts is setting a good example by going full green by 2035 and in not American news India banned all forms of disposable plastics in it’s capital.
However great these pieces are, they’re still a drop in the bucket. The way we can really fight is to back a grass roots political REVOLUTION! Want to know how? Sign up and support Justice Democrats for real progressive candidates and the change us the people ACTUALLY want.
I can hear you now, “Fin! It’s Music Wednesday, where are the tunes?!” I’m getting to it. I’m sorry but I had to get all that off my chest and when rallying up for a revolution, you have to know what you’re getting all worked up for. Anyway here’s some music to get your inner anti-establishment punk rocker riled up and ready to take some action!
To start we have a real classic by Rage Against the Machine, or more affectionately known as Rage. Lyrically, its pretty basic but so is the message: The forces that be are out of control and this includes police brutality especially against minorities.
Next up we have a classic from the Misfits, Fiend Club. The lyrics are pretty basic here too but the message is simple: we march and we fall, we’re one and for all. I felt like it was a particularly fitting song given the women’s march is believed to be the BIGGEST DEMONSTRATION EVER SEEN IN US HISTORY! We’re in this together folks, one and for all.
Woodkid is one of my all time favourites. Such a bae but also his music is beautiful, his voice, his music videos all just so so fit! Iron is a a great song to capture that “calm before the storm” feeling of getting ready for some action jack.
I have already written about Dance with the Dead before but this song, Riot just gets me going. Especially after that scream at 15s.
Now I realize that it’s kinda late for some of you, it’s like 10.30pm here (London time) or maybe you’re just really anxious about the state of affairs and prefer to calm down a bit. Don’t worry, I got just the thing.
Anyway, remember folks: Democracy is not a spectator sport. We have the power. Not corporations, not the mega-rich, not reality television stars turn politicians. Get Angry. Get Active.