Oh, Here Is Everyone

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Yesterday on the day of Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, we wondered, where is everyone? Today, on the day of the Women’s March, we found them.

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Hey, comin’ out around the world

Be ready for a brand new beat

Oh, summer’s here and the time is right

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Oh, for dancing in the street

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Dancing in Chicago

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(Dancing in the street)

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Down in New Orleans

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(Dancing in the street)

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In New York City

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(Dancing in the street)

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All we need is music, sweet music

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(Sweet, sweet music)

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There’ll be music everywhere

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(Everywhere)

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They’ll be laughing, singing

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Music swinging and dancing in the street

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It doesn’t matter what you wear

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Just as long as you are there

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They’re dancing oh oh

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(Dancing in the street)

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This is an invitation across the nation

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The chance for folks to meet

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There’ll be swinging, swaying

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Music playing and dancing in the street

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Philadelphia, PA now

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(Dancing in the street)

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Baltimore and D.C.

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(Dancing in the street)

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Can’t forget them other cities

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(Dancing in the street)

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Former Gawker news editor

DISCUSSION

mschicklet8388

Why I am marching today (See you soon, NYC!):

For decades, I have heard conservative Republicans say they are “The Party of Personal Responsibility.” It’s usually been said when they’re about to do or say something negative to the working class, minorities, the poor, or women.

Starting today, I am hanging that name like a millstone around the necks of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, every one of their minions in government and media, and every person who voted for them.

They have the presidency. They have the House of Representatives. They have the Senate. They have many of the governorships and state houses.

What they don’t have from today on are excuses or someone else to blame. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are no longer there for Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Kellyanne Conway or Alex Jones to use as their “Look! SQUIRREL!” to try and lie, deflect or distract their way out of accountability.

So, if you voted for a party that had six years to offer up a replacement when they yelled “Repeal and replace!” when it came to the Affordable Care Act but never actually did in its rush to repeal, it’s your personal responsibility if you or someone you know loses their health insurance thanks to said repeal. What happens next is on you.

If you and/or people you care about are in the military and you voted for Donald Trump and the GOP to give the middle finger to the UN and Europe, to go “bomb the shit” out of your enemy du jour, to stick it to Muslims, don’t expect me to feel surprised when you and your buddies get sent back to a war zone and start coming home in flag-draped caskets or on stretchers with parts of your body missing. We progressives will do our best to make sure you and your family get the care and support you need, but ultimately, it will be up to the party you voted for to give it to you. Good luck with that. It’s on you.

If you believed that – despite facts, evidence and history – that Donald Trump is on the side of working people, that he has the skills and desire to make the economy work for you as well as for his fellow Richie Riches, you’re personally responsible for what happens next. The banking and financial sectors are champing at the bit to get their industries de-regulated again so they can go back to doing the things they did that set up the 2008 crash. They couch their irresponsibility in PR terms, calling regulations “job-killers” and “burdensome.” And now they have a president and Congress happy to turn them loose again to act like sugar-addled kids at Chuck E. Cheese. Only instead of being at Chuck E. Cheese, they’re running amok on Wall Street and Main Street with your home, your retirement, your children’s education and future, your parents’ Social Security and Medicare as their bounce house and pinball machines. What they do with it is on you. You voted for it.

We’re already seeing articles from voters who regret voting for Trump. To them I say, you’re #StraightOuttaExcuses and I’m #StraightOuttaPity. Donald Trump did not hide what he is: A reckless, clueless, narcissistic huckster who is wholly out of his depth when it comes to governance. Yet you voted for him because you were angry and he is your excuse to unleash your id, because you believed conspiracy theories and lies peddled by your right-wing echo chambers, because you needed to believe that somehow voting against your interests in favor of your ignorance and prejudices would work this time despite it never having done so in the past. People can be really, really stupid. Especially when they are desperate to believe they are not. The fact that we now have President Donald Trump is proof of that.

From today on, it’s on you. We are going to be watching, ready to name, shame and blame. That is why I am marching. Donald Trump and the GOP should never think that they have a mandate. The popular vote shows that there are more of us than there are of them. Trump works for someone else now: us. He’s president, not our boss. We are his boss. And we are here to remind him and the Republican Party that we are the ones who get to say, “You’re fired!” That time is coming. Today is just the beginning of our work to make it happen.