I've been contacting my state legislators and trying to advocate against the choice of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. She has ZERO experience in the classroom and basically wants to dismantle public schools in favor of for-profit charter schools. Basically, she wants to sell out our students. This is especially harmful for special needs students, the ones that I teach. It's hard enough that society pretty much thinks they're unteachable lost causes, and I'm working hard to teach those deemed unteachable. And someone like Betsy DeVos would completely undermine everything we special educators do. When a New Hampshire senator asked DeVos a question about how her son (with cerebral palsy who attends public school) would be affected, all DeVos could respond was, "Hurr durr duhhhh." A quality education is a right, not a privilege, and everyone should have the right to a quality public education.
Trump himself is not the scary monster. It's his cabinet/administration/the people he's surrounding himself with who is/are. Impeaching Trump would merely give us Pence who, again, frightens me much much more. His policy track record shows complete and utter disregard for the environment and for the rights of women, minorities, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, the working class, and those who follow different religions (if he ruled the land, there would be mandatory prayer in schools. Sorry, but that goes against the principles this country was founded on.) In the land of Mike Pence, I represent almost everything that's wrong with America. I'm a minority, an immigrant-turned-citizen (and I earned that citizenship), working poor (serving under-served students in our nation's public schools), atheist, and environmentalist. Were I an LGBTQ woman on top of that, I would be everything wrong with America (though I am obviously a strong supporter of women's and LGBTQ rights.)
I'm honestly terrified about the direction the country is heading in. And the Democrats are being complete idiots about it. Boycotting the inauguration? That just sounds like a petulant child crying, "Waaaah waaah waaah, I'm pissed off, I'm gonna go to my room and slam the door!" If the Dems really want to make a statement, they should go to the inauguration, show some gumption, and fight! Be a thorn in the side of the Trump administration to obstruct their policies that basically massage them while gut-punching us, the common people.
Both parties, jackass and elephant, are disappointments. One's a set of smug elitists who don't have our best interests at heart and the other's a set of smug elitists who can't govern for beans. I'm a registered Independent now.