Before the election this past November, and up until the inauguration in January, I deactivated my Twitter account and abandoned my Facebook account of almost ten years. I was worn out and depressed by the negativity I saw every time I scrolled through my phone or logged into a computer, and I hated social media for the mess of trolls and hate-filled people it seemed to produce, and for the friends of mine I saw cut down, harshly disregarded, silenced by underhanded insults, and even in some cases threatened.Main Image:
Question: How do we oppose a Trump war?
Answer: In every possible way.
I've spent the last 24 hours hearing about the "Mother of all Bombs" that blew up in Afghanistan, a piece of hardware that costs as much as a Michigan city's water budget. It disgusts me as an American taxpayer that I'm responsible. Most of my fellow Americans feel the same way: we stand with the innocent victims of this bomb attack, not with its perpetrator.
"Born in the 1970s, I was brought up to "Buy the World A Coke", prevent forest fires, Give a Hoot. I recited The Pledge of Allegiance where "One nation under God" was never questioned. My early years spanned from Sesame Street to The Brady Bunch and my Charlie's Angels lunchbox. Later, I'd want my MTV, Say No! To Drugs and get my morals from Afterschool Specials. I was being taught from an early age to be a pacifist."
Here are the reasons why we can never, and will never, place our trust in Donald Trump as military leader in any operation.
War and Peace (which is not very difficult to read, once you understand that it's a couple of bittersweet love stories wrapped around the Napoleonic Wars) is the voice of an invaded land defying a pompous tyrant. No book is more relevant for the USA in 2017.
Protest or politics: it's not an either/or. Sure, we need effective action from our political leaders, but that does NOT mean public protest is a waste of time. For most of us, it's the streets or oblivion. We choose the streets.Main Image: