Impeaching Trump could actually set off a stream of unmanageable events.Every single day we find ourselves ever deeper down the white nationalist rabbit hole represented by Donald Trump’s regime. I thought that the deadly Nazi rally in Charlottesville would have been the upturn point where we began digging ourselves out of the shit, instead Hair Führer refused the path of decency and the bottom dropped out from under us again. Trump’s unwillingness to properly disavow American Nazism is not surprising; that is his base after all. In the wake of this new showing of America’s true colors, the fever pitch of hysterical calls for Trump’s impeachment are flooding all avenues of media. Hate to break it to you folks, impeaching Trump — as satisfying as it might be — will not be the end to the growing conflicts in this country. This kind of magical thinking is extremely counterproductive to the work that needs to be done from the top down in dismantling white supremacy in America. This problem of white nationalism is bigger than just Trump, although he was a "yuge" fomenter since he began the so-called birther movement about our first black president. Trump has come out and said all the things that disgruntled white people have been thinking for years. These white people are angry at their perceived loss of white power, and they are armed to the teeth. As our editor, Lara Witt wrote for Harper’s Bazaar, this white supremacy is deeply entrenched into the fabric of American society. Trump has undermined all our judicial and governmental systems of checks and balances; he has eviscerated the credibility of the free press and elevated propaganda factories. He has problematized the very notion of truth, facts, and science through his “FAKE NEWS” bloviating. He has shredded fundamental fabrics of reality in America in favor of trigger happy, often uneducated, and fundamentally bigoted world views.
A quick explainer on everything up to date for the Republican ACA repeal and replace effort.
What happened?Republicans have been threatening the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, before it even passed into law in 2010. Seven years and several failed attempts later, the Senate Republicans are one step closer to making good on their threats. Yesterday the Senate voted 51-50 to begin debate on an Obamacare repeal plan. All 48 Democrats voted against the motion; while all but two Republicans voted in favor of the motion, including Senator John McCain who is being treated for a fatal form of brain cancer that was discovered thanks to taxpayer-provided health insurance. Only two Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, joined Democrats in voting against the motion.
What’s next?Now that the procedural motion has passed, Senators will begin debating. There are and were three proposals up for Senate consideration: 1) Better Care Reconciliation Act (BRCA) which would have taken healthcare insurance away from 22 million people, 2) Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA) which would repeal and not replace, leaving 32 million without healthcare insurance, and 3) ”Skinny Repeal” which would leave most of the ACA in place but would eliminate a tax and the mandates on employers and individuals. BRCA failed with a 43-57 vote. Each party will receive 10 hours of floortime for debate. During this time, Senators will take turns making speeches about healthcare. The 20 hours will likely stretch over the span of a few days. After the 20 hours is complete, a series of amendments will be added to the original bill. Each amendment requires 51 votes to be approved and must be relevant to healthcare. Once all approved amendments are added, majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, will offer a final bill, which will encompass the plan Senate Republicans want to pass. The final bill will go up for a vote; it will need 51 votes to pass. In the event of a tie, Vice President Mike Pence can vote. Related: THE MILITARY IS AN IMPERIALIST TOOL, BUT THE BAN ON TRANS FOLKS IS DEHUMANIZING AS FUCK
As Inauguration Day draws closer, we find ourselves fearing for our reproductive rights. An angry journalist, Rachel Zarrell, tweeted in response to the election of Donald Trump and his Vice President, Mike Pence, who's known for things like believing women who have