Hope in a Time of Despair

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With the election of our current President, Donald J. Trump, many individuals felt extremely under-represented in our nation’s voice. This is because President Trump is an icon for the white, male majority. The problem with having someone like Trump as the leader of our nation means that this white male supremacy mentality is the actor in decisions our country makes both internally and externally. This includes decisions to limit women’s access to healthcare and creates a mindset where women are seen as not only inferior to men, but controlled by men as well. This sexist mindset is exemplified by President Trump by his behavior towards women his entire adult life including comments such as, “A person who’s flat-chested is very hard for them to be a 10” and that statement that Trump admitted to grabbing women “by the pussy.” These comments clearly represent a sexist mindset where women are seen as sex objects and Trump has created the stepping stone where others feel that it’s okay to express and act upon this offensive mindset as well.

But in a time of this despair, hope prevailed itself on January 20th. In Montana alone an estimated 10,000 individuals traveled to Helena to march for inclusiveness among minorities and for unity. The grass-roots events known as the Women’s March on Washington explicitly targeted Trump and his polarizing campaign promises where he advocated for a number of anti-choice policies that would negatively impact women nationwide. The enormous turnout was unexpected, and brought a sense of unity within the attendees. This unity is crucial for Americans to recognize the problem within many of Trump’s campaign promises and cabinet choices. The crowd at the Women’s March is the first step for Montanans to grasp the seriousness of our nation’s new misogynistic reality.

So, what now? Although the Women’s March inspires change and hope in more than 10,000 Montanans, simple protest is not going to facilitate change in our nation. That is why it is crucial to become the leader in your community, or even just among your friends and write letters to your representatives and senators. Hold Zinke and Daines accountable and voice to them that Montanans care about minority rights. There is a long battle ahead, and the Women’s March inspired the hope that Montanans need to fight that battle.

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Faith Scow

Faith is a student at Carroll College and member of the "Talking Saints" debate team. Well traveled, Faith spent last summer exploring many countries including Norway, France, Germany and Croatia. She believes that impactful policy is made at the local level and that young women are extremely under represented in politics.

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James Conner
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What white male majority? As of 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total U.S. population was 50.77 percent female, and the white U.S. population was 50.45 percent female.

Nathan
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Nathan

Great post, thanks Faith!

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LK

I’m losing hope fast. It’s now balls to the wall fascism. Even protesting will soon be a felony. Drumpf signs executive orders on Dakota and Keystone pipelines, while a mere 52,000 gallons spills on Native lands in Canada. Say good bye to our aquifers!

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-pipeline-leak-idUSKBN1572UJ

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Lk chill. There has been pipelines running through eastern mt since you were nursing.

Pete Talbot
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And last year, spilling oil into the Yellowstone River. That story probably didn’t make it on Fox News, so you missed it, Bill.

Bill
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Bill

Yes, and years before that there was a diesel fuel spill into the Yellowstone from one of the Billings refiners. Would you rather transport by train? Do we kill all animals species that have transmitted rabies that resulted in human death. And how many die in car crashes every year. Geez….you are convincing the voters have no grasp of reality or common sense. Perhaps Cher, Rosie, and Madonna should take up this cause.

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Actually, Bill, there are crimes against humanity; there are crimes against nature; there are crimes against the earth; and then, there is pure evil! I had been searching for a pic to show the kock brothers’ evil in the Tar Sands, but there is no one pic that can do it. Finally, I found this series of pics. Look at the first pic carefully, for it’s important to understand that THIS is what they want to do to about a third of Alberta! There is no justification for evil on this scale period!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/at-one-end-of-trumps-revived-keystone-xl-pipeline-theres-a-scene-you-must-see-to-believe/ss-AAmihk9?ocid=spartandhp&fullscreen=true#image=3

LK
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Billy boy. YOU gonna clean this one up too, son? Sheesh. Inbreds. Watcha gonna do with them?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/iowa-pipeline-spill_us_588bb274e4b0176377944192?oe8ygsz0xiqlivn29&

LK
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Hope? Really? The only thing that I hope is that I’ve saved up enough ammo! I read tonight that Little Lord Feltersnatch is now saying that he’s gonna send the feds into Chicago to “stop the carnage”. Hmm. Funny how that works. Any blue state or blue area that thumbs their noses at Feltersnatch is gonna feel the wrath of Cheetolini! It’s comin’, and even faster than I could have imagined! Guess he’s gonna grab Posse Commitatus right by the posse! I see that Jerry Brown in California is already tweaking the Drumpenfuhrer’s nose! And that is appropriate. You wanna… Read more »

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