Like so many of you, I am in deep despair. I cannot believe that we will spend the next four years with a foul-mouthed, thin-skinned, misogynistic, race-baiting demagogue as our President. I cannot believe that he won over a highly-qualified, well-respected stateswoman who had more job experience than any non-incumbent in recent memory. I cannot believe Russia successfully interfered in our election and smeared her name. I cannot believe the FBI injected itself into the race 11 days before the election, only to say, “whoops, never mind,” after the damage was done. I cannot believe the Electoral College thwarted the will of the people for the second time in five elections.
But most of all, I cannot believe that this awful, venal, willfully ignorant man will have the full support and control of the entire Federal apparatus – the executive branch and all its agencies, both chambers of Congress, and soon after he is sworn in, the Supreme Court and several of the Federal Circuit courts. Beyond that, his party will control the majority of statehouses and governorships in the fifty states. We are witnessing the imminent destruction of 80 years of work in progressive politics. Civil rights for everyone who isn’t straight, white, cis-gender, and male are in severe jeopardy. Our social safety net is going to be shredded, even while our economy is turned upside-down. Our federal lands are going to be sold off to the highest bidder. Our last chance to maybe prevent the most devastating effects of global climate change, gone.
I completely understand why people are looking primarily right now at how to cope with the impending damage in small ways; marches and protests, donating to charities that will help the impending victims, showing solidarity with their more vulnerable friends and neighbors through words and small deeds. But soon we have to fight back. We didn’t start this fight, but like with any bully, they will only leave you alone if you stand up to them and beat them.
See, here’s the problem: it’s our fault. Democrats, liberals, progressives, the Left, however you want to identify yourself. Continue reading “Let’s Roll Up Our Sleeves and Get to Work”