December 17, 2016

A Blueprint for Activism

I’ve been teetering between anger and depression lately, because there’s no use in bargaining with the fact of a fascist-backed megalomaniac winning the US presidential election, and acceptance is just not in the cards for me. Then I stumbled upon a post by Wil Wheaton (yes, that Wil Wheaton) that encapsulated not only my anger:

It’s got to feel really great to know that even if only 25% of the country agrees with you, you still get to have your guy in the White House, and you make life miserable for the majority. Everyone gets a trophy, but your trophy is even bigger than the one that was earned by the actual winner. Congratulations!

and

It’s really easy for those of us who see through Trump, who care about the integrity of our elections, who believe scientists and experts on everything from climate change to public health policy, to feel despondent. I mean, I move through the stages of grief on a daily basis and today I’m clearly doing anger. I’m sure that the deplorables are loving that we feel this way, and why shouldn’t they? If something happened to make a neonazi unhappy, I’d feel pretty great about that.

but included a means of rebuttal and resistance, as well: this document, “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.”

If you are aggrieved by the November election results, insulted by what it means for our culture and republic, or flat-out can’t stomach the notion of a shyster inhabiting the Oval Office, read it. Re-post it. Act on it. The Tea Party was a small group of cranks, eventually funded by the Koch brothers, who changed the course of history. We can surely do no less.

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