“Fight The Power That Be. Fight The Power”

Current President of the United States Donald Trump.  The nations 45th president; 2018 CNBC

Current President of the United States Donald Trump. The nation’s 45th president; 2018 CNBC

Alessandra Pacheco , Features Editor

For many, the 2016 presidential election left a mark of not only surprise but curiosity for the years to come. The world couldn’t help but wonder if the wall of separation was coming for sure, wondering if the government shutdowns would end soon, and what other adventures the Trump Administration could get itself into.

“I think that the Trump administration’s legacy will provide a lot of material for historians in the future. While unique in many ways, I think that Trump’s rise to power is a legacy of a certain strain of American populism,” said Andrew Daramola, the World History teacher at Da Vinci Communications. This makes me wonder what positive materials we might find from this administration twenty years from now.

For what it seems like so far, it’s on a downward spiral. Not only did the year start with a few awkward speeches from Paul Ryan (the Republican House speaker), but we, later on, had two government shutdowns in a matter of three weeks, close to a month of the federal budget (funding the FBI and National Parks all over America amongst other things) being argued and almost cut every few minutes.

Trump’s solution?

Fund a plan that might last six years, max, for the federal government and its employees, meaning in six years someone (possibly Trump if re-elected) might have to bring this up again for a new budget, which means more trouble for those who work in the government in the future as far as the payroll may go.

As if the government funding issues weren’t enough, the funding for the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare) is still under review as well as DACA, the two topics widely being debated between the left and right parties with no direct decisions being made, wasting the time of people’s current lives and futures away.

Not only are those two topics underway, the SNAP or Welfare Program is being reduced by 129 billion dollars in funding, meaning less money for those who are in poverty and aren’t able to afford food. This is just a fraction of the havoc caused socially by Trump, from racial slurs and racial based crimes increasing.

Daramola went on to say that socially, “I think that we live in a time of increased xenophobia and targeting of many American residents and citizens.  I also think that shortsighted political decisions are being made at the expense of the majority of Americans.” So that we’re not only hurting politically but socially the disconnection between people seems to grow.

If that wasn’t enough, the SNAP federal funding being reduced is also affecting the items being given to these people. They’re of an even less quality than before- meat out of cans only, canned fruits and veggies (no fresh food), and starches like plain bread and pasta with no coupons for sauce or fresh fruit.

This funding is giving the bare minimum of edible foods and keeping people’s health as the last priority as well as their physical health (with the slow but sure cutting of Obamacare) along with the disregard of people’s cultures (newsflash: immigrants are human too). If this legacy of no concern for the people, labeling people as illegals and placing actual lives on the backburner is what Trump wants people to remember him for, it looks like he might just get it.