The internet is ablaze with images and commentary about our new president. They focus on a baby blue dress with an interesting collar or lack of chivalry or delusional views of a crowd or pithy signs about that which cannot be combed over, but let me tell you what I do and don’t care about when it comes to our new president.
I don’t care what his wife wears; but, I do care about how his trade policies will impact the price of everyone else’s clothes since most Americans cannot afford 4-figure price tag garments made in America.
I don’t care how he treats his wife or the two wives that preceded her; but, I do care about what he is doing to dismantle women’s healthcare and reproductive choice.
I don’t care what size of his crowds were compared to my crowds; but, I do care that he has no qualms about every person in either of those crowds or in any other public space carrying a loaded weapon.
I don’t care how bad his spray tan is or how awkward his combover looks when the wind gusts; but, I do care that he is going to decimate our environment and exacerbate global warming.
I don’t care about his son’s personality or medical history; but, I do care that he is going to dismantle a public school system and higher education financing mechanism that educates the rest of our children.
I don’t care that he hasn’t released his tax returns; but, I do care that he intends to give the top 1% tax cuts while everyone else pays more and loses necessary services.
I don’t care that he is not as amazingly healthy as his hyperbolic doctor purported him to be; but, I do care that he is going to significantly reduce access to health care for millions of our most vulnerable citizens.
I don’t care that he was obsessed with promulgating the “alternative fact” that our 44th President was not born in the US; but, I do care about him oppressing those among us who were not born here especially if we do not bear a white European ethnicity or do not practice Christianity.
When our new president cares only about stroking his own ego and pandering to those who simply cannot tolerate a progressively diverse society and increasingly global economy, we must have a laser like focus on the values and policies we really care about.
Well put. I am very sad about this presidency, but this is the first piece I’ve seen in the past few days that I whole heartedly agree with.
As an ob/gyn physician, I have seen remarkable gains over the previous 8 years in women’s health care. Unplanned pregnancies and teen pregnancies are at an all time low and acceptance of IUDs/nexplanon have dramatically increased. Unfortunately, we still struggle with the acceptance of vaccinations by pregnant women. This administrations agenda (because it is not just all Trump, but the Republican agenda as a whole) will work to reverse all of our gains.