Trump Keeps LGBT Workplace Protections
The Trump administration did something Monday that I was hoping for. They announced that President Trump would leave in place a 2014 Obama administration order that created new workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
“President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. rights, just as he was throughout the election,” the statement said. “The president is proud to have been the first ever G.O.P. nominee to mention the L.G.B.T.Q. community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.”
For my 2 cents, read on.
This was a very big deal to many Americans who are deathly afraid of the Trump presidency. It was also a big deal to social conservatives, many of whom won’t rest until they find every possible way to condemn anybody who chooses to live a non-traditional lifestyle. It was a fairly important thing for Libertarians like me, who just hope that Americans will be able to hang on to their individual rights in the next four years until something better comes along.
I know I’ll catch some grief for saying this, but I hope that after four years of Trump, Americans will finally see our failing 20th-century model of governance for what it is, and finally be ready for new-thinking leadership. And I don’t just mean Trump.
The Bigly Stuff
I know L.G.B.T issues and Roe v. Wade are big for some Americans. My wife is one of them. I get that. For me, not big issues. Important? Yes. Big? No. Big is protecting our boarders from terrorism, even if it means we have to do unfair things. Big is making sure our military is strong enough so that nobody ever attacks us, and if they do that individuals like you and me have a way to protect ourselves. Big is getting constitutionalists appointed to the Supreme Court. Big is getting our economy turned around and giving people a chance to make an honest living and not depend on government for that. Big means we have laws about how you come to our country, and those laws must be followed.
Trump might do it all ugly, but I think he’ll get the big stuff done….”bigly.” His opponent was going to get none of that done.
I’ve always said, I vote for the Republicans because I like honest crooks in politics, who openly behave badly and don’t apologize for it. The others are worse because they are just as bad, if not worse. They think we’re all too stupid to notice. Case in point, Hillary Clinton.
The Answer: Taxi Cabs
If you’re still reading…one more thing: What do I mean by “our failing 20th-century model of governance” and “new thinking leadership”? Well, taxi Cabs. That right. Taxi Cabs. For years, poor immigrants drove cabs 20 hours a day for pennies. Hack licenses cost thousands in some cities. Only a few could be bought. Kickbacks and corruption was long entrenched in the whole thing. Nobody could afford their own cab. The good ol’ boys owned them all and just raked it in, and anybody who tried to buck the system was crushed. Along comes technology and free enterprise in the form of “Uber”, and the whole thing has changed. They’ve cut out the fat-cats in the middle, and we have a better system. Four years from now, I’m hoping we find a way to cut out all the fat-cats in Washington….the ones known as "Republicans" and "Democrats".
Where we really went wrong
And if you’ve read this far, you have a FAR greater attention span than 90% of social media addicts, so I know I’m preaching to the choir. Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s campaign slogan—“Uber everything”—was the one self-evident truth uttered throughout the 2016 campaign. I bet you never heard it. All we heard about Gary Johnson was his “Aleppo” gaffe. Sad. Because of that, the third party got less than 5% of the vote, and will have to spend all of their money just to get on the ballot next time. Maybe the fat-cats will win again in four years. Oh well, I can dream.