In pre-World War II Japan, the military leaders were almost unanimous in their belief they could easily defeat the United States. They believed the Americans were weak and lacked the will to fight. If they could destroy the Pacific Navy at Pearl Harbor and take out the U.S. Army in the Philippines in one fell swoop, victory would be assured, they reasoned. Only one man opposed their thinking – Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. He was also the only one who had been to the United States, knew the American people and had seen the vast resources of the country. “You will awaken a sleeping giant,” he warned. “I will have free run of the Pacific for only six months.” His words were eerily prophetic, when the Japanese Navy suffered its devastating defeat at the Battle of Midway, June 4 to 7th, 1942 – six months to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
If you are wondering “Why the history lesson?” there is a reason. In a sense, Donald Trump is much like the military leaders in Japan. When he said during the campaign “I love the poorly educated” he meant it. As recently as 2014 he tweeted “Every time I speak of the haters and losers I do so with great love and affection. They cannot help the fact that they were born f*****d up!” And as well all so clearly know now, “haters and losers” are anyone who does not love Donald Trump. Trump thinks he has created a movement on the political scene. But very much like the Japanese military leaders, he has seriously underestimated the American people.
Trump was a minority nominee of the Republican Party and he is a minority President of the United States. No matter how many outrageous claims he makes about three to five million illegal voters, the fact remains that he lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes. Democrats should not gloat over this, however. A lot of Clinton voters were ABT (anybody but Trump). And Republicans cannot claim a mandate since many Trump voters were ABC (anybody but Clinton). If the third-party voters in the three of the four key swing states had gone for Clinton we would not be having this discussion. Trump’s so-called “movement” is a minority within a minority
In October 2016 a group of women started the Grab Your Wallet campaign to hit Trump and his brand where it would hurt the most. In the pocketbook. They organized boycotts against any stores carrying any Trump products. Not only would they not buy Trump products, they would not buy anything from at these stores, period. In January 2016 two major retailers, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus announced they would not longer stock or sell Ivanka Trump products due to lagging sales. Despite President Trump’s ranting against Nordstrom on Twitter, they have been followed by T.J. Maxx and others. Meanwhile, Nordstrom’s stock value increased 5%.
Can you hear me now?
Following Trump’s election, one woman’s question on Facebook led to one of the largest protests seen in Washington, D.C. The Women’s March, organized to protest against Trump and his policies was held on January 22nd, the day following his inauguration. Not only did their numbers swamp the number of people who showed up for Trump’s swearing in, similar marches were held in cities across the U.S. and around the world.
Can you hear me now?
On January 27th, when Trump signed his now infamous Executive Order on immigration, thousands descended on the nation’s airports to speak out against the ban. These demonstrations continued and were not limited to the “coastal elite” cities of New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. There were people showing up at airports in Birmingham, AL, and Boise, ID to show their support for the immigrants being turned away at our doorsteps.
Can you hear me now?
This week has seen normally routine, boring, and low-key town hall events held by Republican Congressmen and Congresswomen turn into rooms filled to capacity with constituents angry about a number of issues. An article in the February 10 edition of The Washington Post detailed some of these events. Earlier in the week, Americans, including House Republicans, had seen the video of Tom McClintock’s (R-CA) ignominious and police-assisted exit from his town hall meeting. Yes, he needed the police to escape from his own constituents.
Perhaps the most shocking of these town hall meetings was the one held by Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). Chaffetz is the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the primary investigative committee for the House of Representatives. He had earlier said that he still might investigate Hillary Clinton while saying he saw no conflict of interest issues with President Trump. At the town hall meeting, Chaffetz was booed when he failed to answer a young girl’s simple question about science and met with shouts of “Do your job!” from angry constituents. This is in Utah folks, UTAH! Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Justin Amash (R-MI) faced similar crowds at their respective town hall meetings.
The GOP propaganda (and that’s exactly what it is) that these people are paid protesters hired to disrupt these meetings is pure hogwash. If they dismiss them as such, they do so at their own peril.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
Probably many of the protesters had been complacent during the election and many did not bother to vote, thinking, like most of the world, there was no way in hell Donald Trump could win the election. Well, he did. And the shock of his election has “awakened the sleeping giant” of the American people. Trump has yet to serve one full month as President of the United States. He began with the lowest approval ratings of any new president in modern history and has gone downhill from there.
Members of his administration, Cabinet and supporters in Congress need to realize that the people are WOKE. They are woke about healthcare. They are woke about immigration. They are woke about the lies spread by Trump and his minions. They are engaged in politics now in a way not seen in recent memory. They are holding their representatives accountable. They are shouting, at the top of their voices
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?