Just look at some of the Trump cabinet choices

from Dfenders.org:

  • Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was tapped, just yesterday, to head up the Department of the Interior. Zinke is a fervent supporter of coal, oil and gas exploration. He’s voted for Congressional measures that would gut the Endangered Species Act and is a strong backer of building the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Rick Perry, chosen to run the Department of Energy – an agency he once stated he would like to eliminate. Perry, yet another climate change denier, also serves on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners, the company developing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobile has been nominated to lead the State Department. Tillerson has used his leadership at Exxon Mobil, the firm at fault for the devastating Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska, to promote fossil fuel development here and around the world.
  • Scott Pruitt, known climate change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is well known for suing the agency he is now set to lead and has worked to dismantle basic protections for our nation’s air and water.
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28 thoughts on “Just look at some of the Trump cabinet choices

  1. The Autocratic Plutocratic Kleptocracy
    Yes, there is a coup, but no junta (violent overthrow), of traditional trickle down economic conservatives like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and many other traditional conservatives whose main agenda is fear of democracy of a majority interfering with protecting the rich and corporation plutocracy, for they are Ayn Rand devotees, and believe in one mantra, pure capitalism and plutocracy of the rich and whatever trickle down the masses get. Paul Ryan and other stalwart conservatives will let Trump do just about anything he wants as long as their core mantra is protected.

    The establishment republicans know Trump is an ignorant, demagoguing, paranoid, self-enriching, authoritarian and is selling the usual hogwash of trickle down economics benefitting the masses and courting the social conservative red flag issues. They don’t care as long as they control the legislature, so let the self-enriching, orange buffoon and his entourage run his reality show. Trump has shown them that he will gather oil executives and Wall Streeters and generals around him. They will protect the Ayn Rand philosophy and the mostly white blue collar authoritarian worshippers will support Trump as knowing best, like Ann Coulter’s book, “In Trump We Trust”.

    With great help from Putin and the Russians, the usual Trump-GOP conspiracy theories, demagoguery, and fake news, we have an authoritarian bent to the conservative Ayn Rand way of thinking. Government is really about distribution of resources and wealth. It will mostly continue in the trickle or flow up direction. Yes, there has been a coup but not junta (quick violent overthrow) put in place, and it is a dangerous one for the environment, world peace, and social welfare and social justice.

    References:
    Why Conservatives Were Wrong About Why Republicans Like Trump New York Magazine 12/15/2016
    Authoritarianism in service of plutocracy turns out to be an attractive combination for the Grand Old Party. Read the full story: https://article.wn.com/view/2016/12/15/Why_Conservatives_Were_Wrong_About_Why_Republicans_Like_Trum/

    What happens to the working class when millionaires and billionaires are in charge
    The Washington Post 12/15/2016

    Researchers say it matters that Trump is assembling the wealthiest cabinet in modern American history Read the full story https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/15/what-happens-to-the-working-class-when-millionaires-and-billionaires-are-in-charge/

    http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article120411223.html#navlink=SecList Why fear Trump

    http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/it-s-not-a-junta/article

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayn_Rand Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

    Kleptocracy (from Greek: κλεπτοκρατία, klépto- thieves + -kratos rule, literally “rule by thieves”) is a government with corrupt rulers (kleptocrats) that use their power to exploit the people and natural resources of their own territory in order to extend their personal wealth and political power.

    • I think the foundation of Ayn Rand’s philosophy was that people should expect to be rewarded for hard work. She used capitalism and industrialism as meaningful rewards because those were the good values of her time. Replacing those with what we value today, I personally don’t find anything horrible about her philosophy. I consider her philosophy not that far off from the existentialist philosophy. The existentialist says that the essence of being a human is having free will and making choices but with that comes the responsibility of making the right choices and having the willingness to accept the consequences of our choices. To put it simply, it means we cannot all decide to stop working and go on welfare any more than we can all decide to commit suicide.
      I think, the only thing wrong with using Any Rand’s philosophy today is the literal interpretation of her books by both conservatives and liberals.

  2. It looks like war on wildlife, wilderness, EPA, ESA, public land and national forests. We need to marshal forces, virtually all democrats, some republicans, get ready for lots of lawsuits, major publicly efforts on value of biodiversity, wild places, pristine places, economic positives of conservation,. Since war on wildlife is such a republican mentality, they vote against the environment 90-99% of the time, frame their attitudes and actions for all to see.

  3. Thanks, Roger. Good posts. Hillary haters: how do you feel now? Are you satisfied that you played a major role in suppressing the vote for Hillary by making her out to be as bad or worse than Trump or any other lunatic republican? You joined with Putin, FBI’s James Comey, many guys and gals who fear smart and strong women, and other assorted Hillary haters in putting the lying, orange, narcistic bully in the White House. Of course, Hillary actually won the election by 3,000,000 votes. But that doesn’t matter in the United States of Money. and Selfishness.

    • Since I maybe the only true hillary hater, I will respond. I still think Hillary is a dirty politician who knows how to play nice with everyone to get what she wants and she would not have done any better for the environment or the welfare of animals. Her actions may have been less direct but the outcome would have been the same.
      Firstly, I don’t think she would have done anything for the welfare of animals or for the environment. Secondly, she would have continued the same liberal social policies that angered the right wing conservatives and they would have retaliated by continuing to weaken every law they considered against their beliefs, including those for protecting the environment and animals. This all would have happened while the democrats lulled by thinking that nothing could stop their “progress” would have continued to get carried away with their liberal social agendas and do nothing to stop the attacks against the environment and the animals.
      With trump in the WH, I hope that the actions of the pompous douche would galvanize environmentalists to fight the war for the environment and for the welfare of the animals.

      • Hillary would have had Bernie and his millions of supporters and their values, including FOR animal rights and protection, breathing down her neck. It would not have been possible for her to be the old corporate ass-kissing Hillary. In that way, our side would have been far better off. I also believe that her tougher posture on dealing with the real dangers that exist in the world today, would have been part of her policies. By herself, Hillary was not ideal but tempered by Bernie and her own cool toughness, we humans and the continent’s wildlife would have been much better off with her. Just my opinion.

  4. It is certainly nice that many who care for the plight of animals have figured out that politicians don’t really represent our concerns very well and that American government is fraught with a good bit of corruption. But the time for preoccupation with purism and the faults of Democrats I’m afraid is long passed. We are dealing now with a collapsing of the entire system itself, manifested in, as stated above, a coup, which could also be seen as a sort of critical catalyst. The declaration of Trump’s victory and his upcoming administration is an important juncture in the fate of American empire and the rate at which it will fall, taking the world with it. We face now more than ever erosion of civil liberties, a relatively free press (given what it is), and a functional economy whether or not it’s the one we should have. We may well be facing sooner than later the waning of a republican form of government with checks & balances, a just constitution and judiciary, and an end of separation of church & state. The prospect of nuclear disarmament is fading while the chances of nuclear war look higher. Civil unrest is in the air and likely to escalate to domestic war. Global resource wars are on the horizon, and human population is bound to peak and plummet any decade. These are threats to civilization portended by the rise of the likes of Trump, much more a catalyst than Hillary. That things have progressed this far is a very bad sign. The momentum of chief trends is continuous and accelerating, and highly unlikely to be slowed let alone reversed. What animal people can do in this light is redefine what their goals are, and this should include a questioning of the value of hope. Gore’s visit with Trump for example is hopeless. But thinking that Hillary would’ve been no better is also hopeless rationalizing because it misses the point. Would she have been any better is not a question worth asking! What this election means for the longer term and in the larger reality is what needs to be understood.

    • I agree that we are at the brink of a global worsening of the situation. However, I don’t agree that it is time for the “animal people” to set aside their concerns for animals because we all have bigger human problems that threaten human civilization. Firstly, I don’t see why caring for animals and caring for humans are mutually exclusive or one takes precedence over the other unless of course we accept that animals are expendable and humans are not. Secondly, as far as I can see much of the rising tension in the world is due to human arrogance, war over diminishing resources, and the fact that human population continues to explode out of control.

  5. To those who think animals and the rest of us would have fared no better under Hillary than Trump, huh? This is the same juvenile, nonsensical thinking of the millions of voters who insisted in 2000 that there is no difference between Gore and Bush. Really? Have you folks who think this way learned nothing in sixteen years? Was Obama terrible for wildlife? Yes. Will Trump be even worse? Yes, unless wildlife and animal defenders unite in a way that we have not until now. The fact that many people still claim there is no difference between Gore and Bush or Hillary and Trump, is perhaps a sign that American voters get what they deserve. I am sad and sorry that animals pay for our arrogance and stupidity with their lives.

  6. Trump and his cronies are a disaster. However, the Democrats ignored all the signs that too many people in this country were unhappy with the status quo, and they did not listen. They still don’t seem to get it. I don’t think Hillary or any politician, for that matter, will take any chances standing up for animals if it goes against the interest of Big Ag or Big Pharma or other powerful corporations and interest groups. They would not stand up to religious tenets that support human supremacy and allow animal abuse. Politicians are too fearful of losing votes and donations. Yes, some of them cast votes for animal bills, as long as they are those bills are not deemed too radical. Most of us who have fought for animals for decades have learned that working within the system only results in laws full of loopholes and lack of will for enforcement.

  7. Democrats are humanists, that means they will do anything to keep people happy and so sacrificing animals is no big deal. For them animal welfare was not even a thought when they were running wild with 0bama’s pack. All they ever moaned and groaned about was “social justice” and as far as I am concerned they got quite carried away with their crusade for what they perceived was lack of social justice. In the meantime, did any of the democrats ever say, I saw this video that a man pulled a chicken’s head until the animals head ripped from his body or that piglets were killed by bashing them against concert floors and walls? Did anyone ever wonder how a company like Tyson foods can produce the obscene quantities of dead animals parts for just dollars? NO! For democrats it is more important that every family can afford to stuff their faces with dead chicken parts than it is what happens to those chickens before they end up in KFC’s bucket!

    • I attended a Bernie rally in Portland, Maine and listened to him attentively for an hour and a half. Lots of time to cover many vital and meaningful topics. Bernie spent lots of time on LGBT rights, minimum wage, income inequality, big banks, Wall Street, social and economic justice this and that. It began to sound like blah blah blah. I wanted to shout out: enough! Expand your focus, you command so much attention! What about the country’s public lands and wildlife!?! He spent zero time discussing the importance of protecting and healing wildlife, habitat, biodiversity, nothing about our public lands, our oceans under siege. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting. He did mention, briefly, facing and tackling climate change. 88 minutes on people people people, barely a minute or two on anything about the earth and it’s other native inhabitants.

      Even when that precious finch landed on his speaker’s podium in Portland, Oregon, Bernie lacked the wisdom, the heart and the concern to respond to this ‘message from above’ with something appropriate about his love for the natural world and a publicly stated determination to focus some of his energy on saving birds that are in decline, stopping Monsanto from killing the bees and other vital pollinators, halting animal abuse on industrial farms, ending the war on wildlife by Wildlife Services, healing the oceans, ending the persecution and destruction of native wildlife by sport killers, restoring and saving habitat, protecting and expanding our public lands. Had he done so he would have been heralded as the great hero that he could have been. School children around the country would have been telling their parents to vote for the old guy what wants to save animals, finally! The media would have picked up on this issue of respecting and protecting animals, as a major issue. This beautiful moment was a gift, unrequited.

      Bernie and every other politician does not see or publicly acknowledge the millions and millions of people out there everywhere, voters, parents, children, old and young, who long for champions who will openly share, as part of their campaign, their respect and concern and love for animals, who will publicly commit to healing the natural world and ending the long history of violence by humans against animals, in this country and everywhere.

      As a long time wildlife defender and animal lover, I was stunned and deeply disappointed by this missing aspect of Bernie (and everyone else who ran) and shared this disappointment with many people in emails and on FB. I was greeted by defensive Bernie moonies and apologists. None of the candidates were wise enough or cared enough to spend time addressing the tens of millions (hundreds of millions?) of American voters who care about animal rights and animal protection as perhaps the greatest ethical and planetary issue of our modern age.

      • Exactly my point. I voted for Jill Stein, and I didn’t consider that throwing my vote away because I didn’t see the commitment from either major parties to the causes that made the difference for me. And frankly I didn’t give a damn who won. It is hard for me to describe how much angry and disappointed I am without being long winded, but I will try. I will give you an example that could have changed the fates of billions of animals and helped fighting climate change.

        I am not a socialist or a capitalist. But for me making profit out of raising and killing animals for human consumption is unacceptable. I think food should be produced on small local farms operated and paid for by the people of the community that own the farm and it must be a non-profit organization. If a developed country like US could entertain the possibility of such an approach it would have had a tsunami effect in the world. That would have been so beyond anything that ever happened in our human history. the most direct effect of it would have been that it would give us the moral authority and the political muscle to tell countries like Indonesia to stop destroying Borneo forest and killing every animal that called it home (http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/borneo_forests/borneo_deforestation/)
        Now that would have been a revolution on global scale to move toward saving millions of acres of primal rain forest, and the wildlife living within it.

        But instead all the major candidates including Bernie gave us the same old bullshit that happened in every election.

      • I like the idea for community owned, non-profit farms. Jill Stein was a hippy dippy protest candidate. As the supposed “green” party candidate, she didn’t even talk much about ecology, which was odd. Her extremely politically correct notions about the world were silly. A genuine, seriously fantastic ‘Green Party’, candidate would be those too rare, brave and wise people such as Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd and Dave Archimbault of the Dakota Sioux.

      • Robert I like your ideas, especially about the type of person to lead the campaign for the animals and the environment. Paul Watson made a lot of people angry because his methods were direct. He challenged Japan on illegal slaughtering of whales when all the world powers turned a blind eye. I wish we had more people like him in the world!

      • Robert I just googled for Dave Archambault and I find the idea of him running as an independent candidate very appealing. I wish he would, it would be AWESOME!

      • I was disappointed in Bernie too. Like most politicians, animal issues just weren’t even on his radar. They just don’t get why animals, whether wildlife or farm animals, have interests that people need to consider. Animals don’t have bank accounts and they can’t vote. That takes them out of contention as a group deserving attention. Until there are enough of us to speak up for animals and to make politicians fear not listening to us, nonhuman animals will be ignored.

  8. I attended a Bernie rally in Portland, Maine and listened to him attentively for an hour and a half. Lots of time to cover many vital and meaningful topics. Bernie spent lots of time on LGBT rights, minimum wage, income inequality, big banks, Wall Street, social and economic justice this and that. It began to sound like blah blah blah. I wanted to shout out: enough! Expand your focus, you command so much attention! What about the country’s public lands and wildlife!?! He spent zero time discussing the importance of protecting and healing wildlife, habitat, biodiversity, nothing about our public lands, our oceans under siege. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting. He did mention, briefly, facing and tackling climate change. 88 minutes on people people people, barely a minute or two on anything about the earth and it’s other native inhabitants.

    Even when that precious finch landed on his speaker’s podium in Portland, Oregon, Bernie lacked the wisdom, the heart and the concern to respond to this ‘message from above’ with something appropriate about his love for the natural world and a publicly stated determination to focus some of his energy on saving birds that are in decline, stopping Monsanto from killing the bees and other vital pollinators, halting animal abuse on industrial farms, ending the war on wildlife by Wildlife Services, healing the oceans, ending the persecution and destruction of native wildlife by sport killers, restoring and saving habitat, protecting and expanding our public lands. Had he done so he would have been heralded as the great hero that he could have been. School children around the country would have been telling their parents to vote for the old guy who wants to protect animals! The media would have picked up on this issue of respecting and protecting animals, as a major issue. This beautiful moment was a gift, unrequited.

    Bernie and every other politician does not see or publicly acknowledge the millions and millions of people out there everywhere, voters, parents, children, old and young, who long for champions who will openly share, as part of their campaign, their respect and concern and love for animals, who will publicly commit to healing the natural world and ending the long history of violence by humans against animals, in this country and everywhere.

    As a long time wildlife defender and animal lover, I was stunned and deeply disappointed by this missing aspect of Bernie (and everyone else who ran) and shared this disappointment with many people in emails and on FB. I was greeted by defensive Bernie moonies and apologists. None of the candidates were wise enough or cared enough to spend time addressing the tens of millions (hundreds of millions?) of American voters who care about animal rights and animal protection as perhaps the greatest ethical and planetary issue of our modern age.

    • “88 minutes on people people people, barely a minute or two on anything about the earth and it’s other native inhabitants.”

      Couldn’t agree more. This post ought to be enshrined. This is why I was so frustrated about this election, more so than others. It’s always the same, and the one party who cared even somewhat now seems to be turning their backs going the same route as the GOP, people first – celebrate people’s accomplishments and get kids out into the parks. I don’t think Sally Jewell even mentioned protecting wildlife and wildlands for their own sake once, without it being primarily a benefit for people.

      The most appalling comment she made was in relation to the sage grouse, telling us ‘we can have it all’ – meaning energy development, ranching, recreation, and protection of wildlife, which really isn’t true, and just gives approval to human greed. In her own way, promoting endless recreation and compromise, she was just as bad as any. Now the result is that those who had no intention of compromise get it all! The Interior Department is a position which really gets the short shrift or a political appointment.

      Even what little time is spent mentioning climate change is vague, and really only concerns energy usage and people.

      • And I was also appalled by her latest speech about standing up for scientific integrity, when ignoring science has been ongoing in her very Interior Dept.!

        First, she claimed to be waiting for the report from the NAS regarding the wild horses, and when the report severely criticized the BLM’s ‘management’, absolutely nothing was done and the findings was ignored. Scientists routinely have written about their opposition to delistings or no listings at all for wildlife and their studies being ignored, regarding wolves, wolverines, sage grouse and now the grizzly bears, all under her and the Obama administration’s watch! All resulting in nothing but major setbacks, especially now that the Trump administration is in control.

        I’m ignoring the ongoing power war between parties, and will listen again when actual work is done – not complaining about the electoral college (if the reverse was true, there wouldn’t even be a conversation), and all the nit-pickings after their loss.

      • Ida, regarding Sally Jewell, I have her response, recorded on video, to a school girl in Rhode Island who appealed to her to protect America’s wolves, often running in my mind. After this mature and clearly heart-felt appeal, Jewell giggled and then responded that her policy on wolves would “follow where the science leads.” Jewell neglected to tell that decent, innocent girl, that the “science” she was referring to was the hate-based, corrupt and heartless “political science” of Western cattlemen, the NRA and Safari club types. That sums up my take on Sally Jewell and her boss, regarding their nearly complete lack of respect for honest science and decency and co-existence with America’s wolves and all our native wildlife.

      • Can have it all! What a cowardly evasion intended to not offend anyone. Well, it offends me. As soon as ranching, development, and recreation are mentioned in the same breath as preservation of habitat and animal lives, the latter are doomed. How dumb does she think we are?!

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