Since Donald Trump was elected president, prominent Democrats have been leading some kind of resistance against him. But it's hard to tell what kind of resistance it is since Trump was inaugurated because several Democrats keep voting to approve his cabinet appointees.
How is approving unqualified and frightening appointees leading a resistance against Trump?
In short, it's not. Corporate Democrats have co-opted the word in an attempt to cloak their role in the erosion of our human rights, our public education, and our public services. The only consistent resistance against Trump has come from demonstrators on the streets and firebrands like Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has vowed to fight Trump's bad choices vigorously while also acknowledging his better choices.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a supposed "leader of the resistance," has voted in favor of three Trump appointees: General John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security, General James Mattis for Department of Defense, and Rep. Mike Pompeo for the head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Let's look at Pompeo for a moment.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Pompeo, a Republican congressman from Kansas, supports increased surveillance and wants a database that tracks Americans' financial habits and "lifestyle" details. He's also expressed an interest in foreign regime change and torture.
One must wonder why Pompeo wants to know every detail of every American's life and why he feels it is necessary. After all, there is such a thing as the 4th Amendment, which very clearly protects Americans' right to privacy.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probably cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
The 4th Amendment is supposed to protect Americans from sweeping surveillance operations that Pompeo apparently wants. So why did Chuck Schumer and other Democrats vote in favor of this Trump appointee?
And take Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, two more prominent Democrats who supported Trump's housing pick Dr. Ben Carson. Carson has no experience in the housing sector and believes efforts to integrate poor families into better neighborhoods is a "failed social experiment," according to the Atlantic. Carson appears to want to take HUD to a bare-bones status, as he believes there ought to be a limit to how much public assistance people should get from the federal government. And this is the person Democrats on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee unanimously approved.