Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Desperately Seeking Solace During the Days Between the Election and the Inauguration


During the difficult weeks and months between the election and the inauguration, I found that nearly every conversation I had with friends and relatives, not to mention the deluge of postings by Facebook friends were infected by the darkest, most despairing, emotional reactions to the coming Trump presidency. While I was certainly unhappy about the results of the election and deeply concerned about the damage that could be done by a President Trump, frankly, I was more worried about many of my friends and relatives who seemed either clinically depressed and/or emotionally overwrought about the outcome of the election and the prospects of a fascist, racist, xenophobic presidency. 

So, hoping to soothe some of the more irrational feelings that so many people I knew seemed to be experiencing and to inspire them to set aside their debilitating emotions and instead engage in thoughtful, constructive action, I began posting on Facebook some of my more optimistic thoughts and concrete suggestions for possible actions people might take to resist the Trump presidency and the Republican political agenda.

Here's a sample of some of my many posts during this time:

November 17, 2016
I totally agree with Nicholas Kristof's 12-step Program for Responding to President-Elect Trump; on the day after the election, I wrote my family and friends and posted to Facebook, a very similar set of suggestions and reflections.



Are you traumatized by the election of Donald Trump? Here’s the program for you.
NYTIMES.COM


November 18, 2016
If you are from a "Blue" state or district and feel that calling or writing your representatives in Congress is pointless, please consider calling your House Representative right away to support Tim Ryan in his probably quixotic challenge to Nancy Pelosi retaining her position as Democratic House leader. Out with the Corporatist Democrats whose misbegotten tactics resulted in: the "Just say NO!" House, the "Make Obama a one-term President" Senate Leader, the most flawed Democratic presidential candidate in a generation [sorry HRC fans, but that's how I see her], and now President Donald Trump.
DO IT NOW: the Democratic House members vote on this. Nov 30.



In a letter Thursday, the Ohio representative tells Democratic lawmakers that last…
WASHINGTONPOST.COM|BY PAUL KANE

December 5, 2017
Charles Blow continues to be a voice for truth in an election season that has seen very little of that from any side.



Resistance to Trump’s actions isn’t rooted in sour grapes; it’s about protecting the country.
NYTIMES.COM


January 2, 2017
“I hear probably more about the strangulation of regulations on business and their growth and their development than probably anything else,” the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, said at a recent forum. “I think if we can provide regulatory relief right away, that can breathe a sigh of relief into the economy.”
This grammatically mangled bit of Orwellian "newspeak" from Paul Ryan says it all. Why does he hear so much more about the strangulation of business growth than anything else? Simple, because the only people he's listening to are lobbyists and fat-cat business owners who will indeed breath a sigh of relief as the all-Republican Congress pursues a rabidly pro-business agenda at the expense of everyone else.

January 3, 2017
This is what I’m talking about!



It’s a simple playbook: organize locally and play defense.
NYTIMES.COM


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