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Standing Up To Trump

“Indeed, almost as concerning as Trump’s disregard for the First Amendment is the report in The Hill that plans are being drawn to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Even with very modest budgets by Washington standards (roughly $147 million annually for each agency), the two provide crucial financial support to authors, small presses, and other organizations involved with the arts. PW is eager to lend its voice to all parties.”


Literary institutions are in danger of losing support to authors, small presses, and other organizations involved with the arts.

It is clear that America is going to be very busy standing up to the Trump White House judging by the chaos created by the travel ban against seven countries with majority Muslims. It is my hope that Americans continue to be vigilant. These are very dangerous times for our democracy.

On another front, President Trump has Chicago in his cross-hairs. He said he’ll send in feds if Chicago doesn’t fix ‘carnage’,  January 24, 2017. Mayor Emanuel mentioned past meetings with Trump and has said he has “been very clear about what we need to do”. He specified areas he’d like the federal government’s help — including gun control, gun tracking, prosecution for gun crimes, and help increasing funding for more police officers.

I should mention here that Mayor Emanuel was President Obama’s first chief of staff. He resigned and returned to Chicago to run for mayor.

My feelings about President Trump’s warnings is I believe him when he makes these well publicized statements before the cameras, and I might add, that they are the very same press he berates on a daily basis.

Pray for Peace.

Minnie E Miller



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To Boycott Or Not

I respectfully disagree with Senator Dick Durbin that we should not boycott the Inauguration. He is my Senator; I live in Illinois.

The facts and actions that has played out during the very disturbing and contentious political events need to be part of American history. To cover up the events that have taken place during the 2016 presidential nomination would be a slap in the face of the constitutional process. IMO, boycotting the inauguration is speaking truth to power.

I respectfully add, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, …”

Following are Senator Dick Durbin’s words why he is against boycotting the Inauguration:

“My feelings about the president elect are pretty clear but I think there’s a matter of respect for the office and respect for the constitutional process,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said. “And absent clear and convincing evidence that he did not win that election legitimately, then I’m going to be there.”

January 18, 2017,

Minnie E Miller

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Dear Mr. Trump

Your being elected President of the United States does not grant you free will that can endanger our nation. The White House is the peoples’s house.

There are no kings in America.

You must listen to the people while running the country. The people voted you into office and can vote you out.

There are no kings in America.

You cannot silence the press while *tweeting* your chosen news. I believe that’s what dictators do.

“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,…”

There are no kings in America.

You cannot conduct the business of this nation from your personal Ta Mahal-TrumpTower.

There are no kings in America.

You nor Congress cannot ignore the check and balance amendments of the United States Constitution. Ignoring this system will have a chilling effect on the peoples’ business. And I might add, the last four years of the Obama Administration is a blatant example.

“The system of checks and balances is used to keep the government from getting too powerful in one branch. For example, the Executive Branch can veto bills from the Legislative Branch, but the Legislative Branch can override the veto.”
Congress for Kids: [Constitution]: Checks and Balance.

In my opinion the 115th Congress bears close scrutiny. We may be in for yet another *unprecedented* battle.

Minnie E Miller, Writer