I’m Alyson Rodriguez Orenstein.  I am an American citizen.  I also happen to be biracial, bisexual, an artist, a woman,  and a compassionate human being.  I have a LOT of problems with the extreme right’s agenda and their use of fearmongering, propaganda, and distraction- that has culminated in this bizarre and frightening administration.

I wrote Total Jerk and created TrumpsATotalJerk.com because too many people are frustrated with current affairs but don’t allow themselves to engage so they are not heard by the people in power.

me & the view TJ

Total Jerk is just one of many parodies I’ve written, and it seemed like the right time to finally make a video for one!  But that doesn’t man the message is over.   Long term local engagement is how we turn the tide. Local elections are the ones that most often get overlooked, but often have the most direct impact on us.

Honestly, I originally I expected this video project to consist of me and a friend “guerilla shooting” a makeshift video- but when I opened up the idea to others I was blown away by the enthusiasm of so many talented people for my little project.  It’s SO much more than I imagined.

So what did that teach me?

We are NOT ALONE in our frustrations, and together we CAN effect change!   This country is massive, and though change comes maddeningly slowly- like steering a YUGE ship- the small changes we can make by banding together and consistantly raising our voices WILL set the course of The U.S.S. U.S.A  for the decades to come.

‘Resist the tide of hate hate hate, Get involved grab hold of fate fate faaaate…’


For more about me including pictures, video, & more, please visit  www.AlysonRodriguezOrenstein.com, subscribe to my channel From the Belfry on YouTube , follow me on instagram & on Twitter: @AlysonNotAly, & like my page From the Belfry on Facebook