4/25/2014: The battle between Cliven Bundy and the federal government was heating up. Bundy released his cattle back onto the government land in defiance of a federal order. He also made some very controversial statements about African-Americans, suggesting they were “better off as slaves,” because slavery taught work skills and enhanced family life.

Although nobody knew, this was the day it started; there was no longer safe water in Flint.

8/1/2014: Two American missionaries were flown back to the United States from Liberia to be treated for Ebola. Many people were still very concerned about an Ebola outbreak here, despite reassurances from the medical community.

A boil water suggestion was issued; there was no safe water in Flint.

2/27/2015: “Live Long and Prosper” Mr. Nimoy. The iconic Mr. Spock passed away and left a gaping hole in the Star Trek universe. We wished him a peaceful voyage; his legacy will live on.

But there was still no safe water in Flint.

6/27/2015: We celebrated the Supreme Court ruling of Obergefell v Hodges, when same sex marriage was legalized throughout the United States. Rainbow flags were flown, the White House was lit up, and couples were married with “equal dignity in the eyes of the law”. (Kennedy, NYT)

But there was still no safe water in Flint.

8/6/2015: The top ten of sixteen Republican candidates stood on stage and traded barbs in what was billed as a “debate” on FOX News. Everyone dismissed Trump as a joke; there was no way this C-list reality television star would ever make it through the primaries.

E. coli and total coliform bacteria were detected; there was still no safe water in Flint.

10/29/2015: Paul Ryan began his reign of terror when he was elected Speaker of the House by an overwhelming majority. Afterwards, he said, “Let’s be frank: The House is broken. We are not solving problems. We are adding to them. And I am not interested in laying blame. We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean.”

But there was still no safe water in Flint.

3/16/2016: President Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, to fill the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland, who had been passed over before, choked back tears, calling the nomination “the greatest honor of my life.”

But there was still no safe water in Flint.

4/21/2016: Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Harriet Tubman would be added to the $20 bill; she would be the first African-American ever and the first woman in over one hundred years to appear on U.S. currency.

But there was still no safe water in Flint.

6/23/2016: The world is stunned as Britain votes to leave the European Union. Many see this as a foreshadowing to the upcoming presidential election.

But there was still no safe water in Flint.

7/2016: Trump and Clinton are officially the Republican and Democratic nominees for president. Clinton is the first woman ever to lead a major party in America.

But there was still no safe water in Flint.

11/8/2016: Donald J. Trump is elected President of the United States, despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost three million.

But there was still no safe water in Flint.

Daily: POTUS tweets angrily about the unfair media, Nordstroms, congressmen, judges, and corporations. He lashes out at Saturday Night Live and CNN.

It has been 1,029 days; there is still no safe water in Flint.



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