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Paul, great article. The only criticism I have is that your article inspires people but then does not share information about how to get involved locally.
Hopefully the collective "we" or "us" in this article is short hand for the market rather than some governmental agency or other command and control group. Agencies, etc. do a poor job of anticipating or controlling the economy. Solyndra, etc.
Cheech white washes all protesters as whiners and as not basing their protests on thoughtful ideas, which is a facile and uninformed tactic often used to dismiss and subdue views that are opposed to ones own. Rather than discussing the actual issues and reasons people may have for protesting, he takes the easy way out by lumping all protesters into the"whiny baby" category. I agree that protest matches on their own are not enough, but protest is a crucial part of the democratic process. Painting all protesters as attention seeking simpletons, or sore losers, is an attempt to delegitimize valid reasons for protest against what is happening now in Washington. When trump is intent upon alienating our allies, building walls between countries, undermining environmental protections, revoking regulations on banks in which he as direct monetary interest (regulations that were put in place after the crash for good reason), unconstitutionally targeting Muslims, it is a patriotic duty for people to protest. Don't let yourself be silenced by facile rhetoric like Cheech's. Get out and make noise, March, protest. These are some of the most important tools the people have to uphold democracy, then get involved in local groups that are fighting these issues in other ways, contact your representatives.
Not for long. My posts disappear pretty quickly these days. Regrettably Orwellian.
Donald Trump is the first president in history to condone violence against women.
@muddydog You talkin to me?
Marching in protest is about the least you can do without doing nothing at all. I think of it as akin to the toddler's temper tantrum; which is to say that it emerges as a reaction from within incredibly immature and vain adults whom lash out with nonsensical fits of rage rather then collecting themselves and deliberately responding in a way that has more of an impact then waving a cardboard sign in the hopes that the news camera will pick it up and the protester can accomplish that all vainglorious of accomplishments and spread "awareness". Spokane is a city of hundreds of thousands and nearing a million if you count the region as a whole and how many show up for these protests? Hundreds? I feel as though the protesters are a small and inconsequential group of whiny folk whose intellect does not match their ambition and therefore we get sloven displays of their vanity, ignorance and wickedness rather than some sort activism that will accomplish their ends. Indeed, no bills will emerge from this raucous group. No pamphlets that denounce with reason the actions of Trump will be on display. No, it seems we are doomed to be exposed to folks that are reacting to their vague fears with rage and dis-orderly conduct and counting THAT as activism.
I would respect these folk more if they had principle and therefore opposed Trump because of a violation of that principle but alas, it seems that if you protest Trump you are heroic and if you protested the land management practices of largely unconstitutional federal land holdings you are a right-wing nazi terrorist. These people have no principle and their behavior once the throne was occupied by their political nemesis illustrates that depravity. It is the switch in the party that they protest rather than the moral principles they hold being violated. Indeed, I doubt that they have any principle at all. Their morality is, ostensibly, a reaction to a social media newsfeed. If we can have "fake" news--as the Inlander weekly displays--we can also have "fake" activism and "fake" principles that feed into these "fake" protests; in which case, I declare those of this ilk to be "fake" activists.
President Obama is the first President in history to create the White House Advisor in Violence against Women, showing a genuine concern for battered women and abused children. Hundreds of thousands of battered women owe their lives and well-being to President Obama and Vice President Biden.
I thought I saw on facebook that a group of individuals are going around killing the algae since they find it to be an annoyance, not everyone agreed.
"These women are disgusting."
"Women in America have more rights than any man by lightyears."
"Where are the women marching for all the men raped in prison, or inequality of family courts, or injustice for men, or fathers rights"
So women marching because of inequality & government control of their right aren't valid, but for men it would be? I'm going to have work really hard to recall a more succinct example of sexism. You want to bring up White Rights now as well, or are you keep that one under the sheets? Maybe throw in some 'rape victims were asking for it' comments? No? How about some nebulous reference to crime as justification for systemic racism?
You're response stinks of privilege worse that what I assume Trumps awful cologne would smell like.
It will be interesting to see how long the attention span of all these Woman's Marchers will last in politics. We will see how many have what it takes to stick it out when they are tired and exhausted and aren't getting what they want.
The city can and should restripe temporarily and do a trial run before committing the huge amount of money and resources to this project. THey have made no moves to install better lighting and crosswalks on Monroe but tweet about the need for 'safety' on this street. WTH? The Diamonds in the Ruff people say 'oh construction didn't hurt our business' but they see clients BY APPOINTMENT, have their own private and off street parking and are not dependent on walk in business. Ridiculous, Carol! Think about owning and running and then losing your own pub, coffeeshop or restaurant. Think about what these small business owners NEED beyond your own special case business.
Monroe St needs better lighting and more crosswalks that are lit, which has never happened. Rather than restripe and do a trial run for the new plan, the city insists it's planning is perfect. WCPGW? Why more planning is ditched in favor of ramming solutions through defies common sense. Diamonds in the Ruff owner says it hasn't hurt her business any, but she is just OFF Monroe, has her own private and street parking and sees customers by appointment. Hardly a test case for business owners dependent on walk in and drive in customers!!!!!
voting also might help...
and voting doesn't mean once every four years, it means voting every election (including the primaries)
Thank you for providing direction for those who feel overwhelmed, powerless and afraid. The next step is to find your community in Spokane. One suggestion is the Tenants Union of Washington State who organize for housing justice and tenant protection. With the low vacancy rate in rental housing and lack of policy, tenants in Spokane live at risk of homelessness every day. The new administration proposes to severely cut HUD funding for rental housing. Contact 509.464.7620 or email@example.com to get involved. For others, find your passion and look for one of the many grassroots organizing groups in Spokane and join. If you can't find one start one on your own. Then lets get to work, together.
I am a mom, a taxpayer (yes I pay taxes) and a veteran with 20 years of active duty service. I have had the honor and privilege of serving in the MOST DIVERSE work force on the planet: the DoD. TODAY the DoD is comprised of the military, civilians (able and disabled), local nationals and all their families. I accept the new president as our president, but I do not accept his rhetoric and policies. Rhetoric and policies that are pitting Americans against fellow Americans. This is so very un-American to me. As we continue to backstab one another whether in person or on-line, our new president has only made minimal effort of any type of unification. I was really hoping to see that, but alas it has not happened and seems to be going in the other direction. It is his job to be a peacemaker for all living in our country. He works for all of us. I pray daily for peace amongst ourselves and thank the free press for providing vital information. Please stay true to your principles of neutrality and accurate facts without sway because we sure as heck haven't been getting much of that from WH. Live press conferences from the WH, White House, not some bar down the road, that have to be fact checked. Really? That kind of lack of professionalism was completely unacceptable during my time in service. Just baffling. I pray for peace amongst ourselves and pray for our precious Earth. It's going to need every bit of our prayers and actions. Peace be with you.
This is so biased, as bad as CNN. You really think just a handful of replies is enough to convince the majority of your readers that everybody is on these women's side? These women are disgusting. Women in America have more rights than any man by lightyears. One simple look into the justice system or family courts prove this. More liberal nonsense. Where are the women marching for all the men raped in prison, or inequality of family courts, or injustice for men, or fathers rights. I could go on and on! The truth hurts, Trump won, you are all disgusting.
Thank you for suggesting how to proceed. I have been so overwhelmed with frustration lately I haven't yet figured out where to start! I'll keep these in mind, thanks!
Snore. An entire piece dedicated to this dude's personal resume? What makes him any different than the profit seeking suits that crashed our world economy back in 2008? Can't say I'm excited to hear about how to make a very small number of people unimaginably rich.
@JUSTME1, sure, like the Republicons gave a "fair shake" the last 8 years?
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