A part 2 of my post-election reflections.
There is a ton of despair out there – just roll through social media today and you’ll see it everywhere. People saying “I don’t know what to think, I don’t know what to do.” Folks are concerned that all the progress that has been made, millions having health insurance they never had before, gay marriage, Roe v Wade, the threatened deportations for millions, etc. will all start happening and disappearing in the blink of an eye.
I’m here to say, no it won’t. It can’t. The good news is our government has a lot of inertia. And the better news is the GOP realizes that this time, they can’t fuck it up or this will be a very short ride. Trust me, they know they lost the popular vote.
Is the GOP out to now pursue their own agenda? Of course they are! But, they are at odds with much of Trump’s views – which is good. If they can’t get their own shit together, they certainly will have issues getting things done. And they will face fierce opposition from all points. There is another round of elections just 2 years away. We will prevail – we have the majority. But that’s the politicians. What about us?
Here’s what you should do:
DON’T BACK DOWN.
There are those that think that because Trump won, the other side must now be silent. I can’t tell you the number of people telling me “are you going to shut up now because, hey we won.” No. Not a chance.
That whole “the other side must be silent now” thing? Nothing could be further from the truth. Because the other side won, now we must be louder than ever. We must call things as we see them. We must call out injustice at every turn and remind them of what they are doing and compare them to those that have done those things before. (Hint, that’s a conservative-like dogwhistle for “I’ll take ‘Famous Fascists’ for 40, Alex”.). Again, do not back down – let your voice continue to be heard.
Now, how do we do it? Graciously. Are we going to give Trump a chance to lead? Absolutely. Like him or not, he is the President. And if he does things that are right, we will support him. We’re not a movement that makes statements like “It is our goal to make him a one-term President” or a movement that considers it a loss when the economy recovers because it happened on the watch of the other guy. It is the domain of the GOP and the right wing to obstruct and obfuscate, and hold interminable hearings that waste millions of taxpayer dollars. The left acts through words, through actions, through social justice. And we do support what is right.
So … more:
Everywhere you normally do. It used to be letters to the editor, town hall meetings, casual conversation, but nowadays, it is social media. But you need to also do more. GET INVOLVED. Don’t let this loss take away your energy. Let it energize you to make sure that we don’t lose our progress. And that we ultimately win again.
Become a grass roots activist and volunteer for social justice and action. Concerned about the hungry? Go volunteer at a food bank or homeless shelter and feed some folks. Write your congressman, go to meetings and townhalls being held by politicians and make sure they know your viewpoint. Got a few bucks? Donate to causes that support your views.
BLOG! Blog, Blog and Blog some more. All of the written content becomes indexed history on the internet. It becomes content that shows the world just how large the Progressive movement really is. Socialize your viewpoints in social media – make sure that the voices for social equality, equal rights and justice for all are louder than those who want to practice xenophobia, prejudice, bigotry and hate.
There are those on the winning side who are saying they are “taking back the country” from people like us.
No, they are not. They will not. We won’t let them.
It’s our country too.
Don’t back down.
As you were,