Cabinets are powerful, and potentially dangerous.
The Cabinet is where we, as a country, keep most of our policies. The heads of each agency, who reside in the cabinet, advise the President on how to safeguard rights, ensure freedoms, and impose rules that help us citizens live freely and safely, and improve our quality of life. These agency heads, usually called secretaries, are entrusted with the responsibility to make new policies and hand them out to all of the people and institutions in the United States. Each new President has the opportunity to put new people inside the Cabinet, people that reflect his or her views on what policies should be, and what life should be like in this country.
We must be very careful about what goes inside the Cabinet.
If we value equality, and believe that women’s/gay/Muslim/all rights are human rights, then we must make sure that the people in the Cabinet reflect that.
If we believe that climate change is real (because, science), then we must make sure that the advisors in the Cabinet are implementing policies to heal the earth.
If we want banks and other financial institutions to exist to serve the people, and not the other way around, then we must make sure that the people in the Cabinet agree with that point of view.
So far, the President is stocking the Cabinet with elements toxic to the health of our nation. Rick Perry, his selection for Energy Secretary, once promised to get rid of the Energy Department altogether (and then couldn’t remember the name “Energy Department” when asked which agencies he would abolish). His choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has no credentials, other than putting a lot of her own money into getting public school money funneled to private schools that have little oversight. She also wants to put more guns in schools but at the same time, is sad about gun violence. Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary, is a lifelong banker and hedge funder whose company made bad loans and then foreclosed on over 36,000 homes after the financial collapse, and didn’t disclose over $100 million dollars of his own money and the fact that he ran a company that helped wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes.
We need better locks on our Cabinet. Unfortunately, these particular locks are not available via Amazon Prime, but they can be found by calling your representatives in Washington, writing letters and opinion pieces, and otherwise raising your voice to tell your President whom and what you want to see in the Cabinet.