Today’s Betsy DeVos Vote Will Show Us If It’s Possible to #StopTrump

Today at noon ET, the US Senate is scheduled to vote on the confirmation of Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.  As of this moment, all 48 Democrats, along with 2 Republicans are expected to vote against DeVos’ confirmation, with 50 Republicans expected to vote in favor.  If there is a 50-50 tie, the Vice President will cast a tiebreaker vote, which would undoubtedly be in favor of confirmation.

However, rumors are spreading through social media at this hour that at least two Republican senators (Tillis-NC and Toomey-PA) are undecided and are open to feedback from their constituents.

With Betsy DeVos proving to be supremely unqualified for this post, based both on her résumé and her responses during confirmation hearings, she is the most likely of all of the cabinet picks to be denied confirmation.  I have yet to hear an actual reason someone would vote for her, aside from party loyalty.  So if the senate is truly acting in the best interests of the nation, she should be denied by a landslide.  But that won’t be the case.

This instance, the most egregious of the several unqualified cabinet members nominated by President Trump, will serve as a microcosm of what’s to come.  If Trump is to be resisted, or even held in check or brought back to reality, the DeVos vote is the prime example of when it can and should be done.  If she is confirmed today, then senate Republicans have shown us that despite millions of calls from constituents, they will not be swayed.  They will go along to get along, which is the absolute worst type of government we can have.  We might as well not have a legislative branch in the first place, if they’re not going to serve as a check on the executive branch.  We will be one step closer to a dictatorship, just as “CEO” Trump has wished for all along.

So if that’s the case, then we must depend on the judicial branch of government to keep Trump in check.  So far, they’ve shown a willingness to, with the recent stay on Trump’s 7-nation travel ban, enacted via poorly planned and executed executive order.  But depending on judges to keep the President under control will be difficult, considering how slowly the courts often operate, especially the US Supreme Court. It can take years for SCOTUS to hear cases and finally decide on them.  The pace of the judicial system doesn’t inspire confidence that they can act quickly enough to prevent catastrophe, should we be faced with an extreme measure enacted by the President.  Time will tell.

So for now, we’ll hope that one more Republican senator comes to his or her senses and votes in favor of our education system, against Betsy DeVos, and shows the President that the senate is not going to roll over and pass whatever he damn well pleases.  We need a senate that stands up for our country and does what’s right, not one that goes along to get along.


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14 thoughts on “Today’s Betsy DeVos Vote Will Show Us If It’s Possible to #StopTrump

  1. I’m not hopeful, despite de Vos being quite literally the worst possible candidate for that particular job.

    However, I don’t think that our ability to oppose Der GropingFuhrer begins and ends with this nominee. Frankly, the “ace in the hole” is the Constitution and the federal judiciary.

    There are things Golden Shower Boy can do and things he can’t. And that line is defined pretty clearly by the Constitution.

    1. Trump already slashed the Emollent and Establishment Clauses to ribbons. The Constitution is ultimately just a piece of paper. It needs to be enforced by non-partisans. But the Republicans are all partisan hacks, with the exception of two.

  2. He promised his choices would be the “best of the best”. So far they have been the worst of the worst.

    The R party fought Obama on almost every point. Now we see that there were no principles involved – it was only about power and bigotry. Their so-called president is an utter imbecile.

    WATCH: Trump: Very Very Dishonest Press Doesn’t Want to Report Terrorist Attacks

    As has become commonplace, the President provided no evidence to back up his claims.

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer backed up the President claiming that there are “several instances” of what Trump described when asked by reporters aboard Air Force One. However, he also did not provide any specific details.

    “We’ll provide a list later,” he said. “I think the President’s comments were very clear at the time. He felt members of the media don’t always cover some of those events to the extent that other events might get covered,” he added. “Protests get blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn’t necessarily get the same coverage.”

  3. Not enough people seem to be taking action. My Republican Senator responded to my e-mail and if he responded to my e-mail, he wasn’t getting enough e-mails.

    1. The answer is going to continue to be “NO” until more Republican officials grow a spine. So…I wouldn’t count on it.

      1. By “grow a spine” you assume that there are Republicans out there who would vote against Trump but are afraid to. So far, I see no evidence for anything other than jubilant compliance.

      2. Or when we vote them out next year. I will certainly remember to vote against my senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, both who received donations from DeVos.

  4. We can’t even stop Ted Cruz – and he’s a complete asshole.

    Sen. Ted Cruz Calls Democrats ‘The Party Of The KKK’

    Speaking on Fox News, Cruz blasted the party for its opposition to Jeff Sessions, who was confirmed as attorney general on Wednesday.

    Critics had accused Sessions of racial bias, among other things, but Cruz attempted to turn it around on the Democrats.

    “When the left doesn’t have any other arguments, they go and just accuse everyone of being a racist.”

    Reagan told the southern racists that the Republicans were the party for them and he got them all. Enjoy, Cruz.

    > The KKK was indeed made up largely of Democrats in the South after the Civil War, as most whites in the South were Democrats, but it was not started by the party, historians told the website.

    > In addition, the modern Democratic and Republican parties are not what they were in the 19th century.

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