Respect is a privilege the Trump administration hasn’t earned

Amanda Bazil/Staff Writer

“Auntie” Maxine Waters is at it again with a call to action, and if there was any time to honor a politician’s words, it’d be now.

The 79-year-old Congresswoman, who’s been the latest internet star blowing up on social media feeds everywhere, delivered a speech at Capitol Hill on Saturday, June 23, encouraging protesters to appear at the homes of cabinet members chanting, “no peace, no sleep!”

This came in response to the issues surrounding the separation of immigrant children and their families.

Of course, President Donald Trump warned Waters to “be careful what she wishes for,” but if that orange crayon thinks empty threats phases Waters, he has another thing coming.

Affectionately dubbed “Auntie” by millennials for possessing qualities that reminds many of a loving yet no-nonsense matriarch, Waters knew that our nation was headed for trouble the moment she landed eyes on the “Access Hollywood” video in which Trump brags about grabbing women and mocks a disabled reporter.

She called for his impeachment the moment he stepped foot into office, and her reactions since have mimicked our own.

As someone who grew up in poverty, she’s a true champion for the downtrodden and oppressed. She has the kind of passion for justice that millennials can relate to; that’s why we’ve got to show Auntie that we’ve got the message.

Waters’s unapologetic style of telling it like it is is inspiring. She’s pointing out those who need to be reprimanded and instructs us how to get the job done.

“And if you see anybody from that cabinet at a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd,” Waters said. “And you push back on them. You tell them that they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

We’ve got to prove it to Auntie that we’re really feeling her words by following through with action. And so far, that hasn’t been a tough task to do.

On June 22, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied service at the Red Hen, a restaurant in Virginia.

When asked why she had done such a thing, Red Hen restaurant owner Stephanie Wilkinson, told the Washington post that “we just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one.”

Activism has been drastically shaped by the changing times in our society, but that doesn’t mean the art is dead. Simply using your right as a restaurant owner is enough to make an impact.

Trump and his administration has said too many insensitive remarks and have shown downright inappropriate behavior.

And like Waters, I’m fed up.

This administration has been asked to handle one of the biggest issues of this country – reuniting immigrant children with their families.

What are the current housing conditions of those children? How are they being taken care of and fed? When will they be reconnected with their mothers and fathers? Why is it taking so long for these answers to be answered? What’s really going?

I don’t know about you, but until I get some peace over this problem, I’ll do my part to make sure that members of this cabinet get no sleep, or peace!



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1 Comment on "Respect is a privilege the Trump administration hasn’t earned"

  1. Jaime Rodriguez | July 11, 2018 at 1:14 PM | Reply

    The following are actual accomplishments of the Trump Administration in the first 18 months. If this doesn’t warrant “RESPECT” theen you are showing terrible judgment and quite a bit of ignorance.

    Real, honest-to-goodness tax reform and cuts — the most consequential in 30 years.

    Opening ANWR for oil exploration, an accomplishment few can appreciate who do not remember the 90s and what a sacred cow this is for the left.

    Killing the Obamacare mandate that brutalized those making less than $50,000 a year.

    The Islamic State (ISIS) has been decimated.

    After a 2016 of just 1.9 percent GDP growth, we have now had two quarters in a row of growth over three percent; predictions for the final quarter of 2017 are as high as four percent.

    Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who has already proven himself the perfect replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.

    The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines are a go — which means tens of thousands of jobs.

    A record number of judicial appointments on the appeals courts.

    The end of the War on Coal.

    A surge in coal mining after 2016’s decline.

    The end of the federal government’s violating the religious conscience through indefensible Obamacare mandates involving birth control and abortion pills.

    The civil rights movement for school choice is getting the green light throughout the country.
    Illegal immigration is way down.

    The stock market hit record highs 70 times in 2017, rising 5,000 points for the first time ever.

    The long-overdue recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    We are free of the awful Paris climate treaty.

    Regulatory reform that is just getting started, but it has already had a hugely positive effect on our economy.

    Withdrawal from the Global Compact on Migration, which undercut American sovereignty.

    Return of nearly two million acres to the state Utah that the federal government had stolen.

    A $250 billion trade deal with China.

    Many of our NATO allies are finally paying their dues.

    Consumer confidence is the best we have seen in more than a decade.

    Pulled us out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in favor of the American worker and sovereignty.

    Trump has managed to get China to help rein in North Korea.

    Black unemployment is at a 17-year low.

    Hispanic unemployment is at an all-time low.

    Overall unemployment is at one percent.

    Manufacturing jobs boom.

    Standing up for persecuted Christian minorities in the Middle East.

    Promoting Christmas.

    Banning or demanding stronger vetting from countries most likely to import terrorists.

    Housing sales are at an 11-year high.

    Ban on transgender military recruits.

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