Eleanor Roosevelt: Democratic governments

“In the final analysis, a democratic government represents the sum total of the courage and the integrity of its individuals. It cannot be better than they are.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
Circa 1963

I have nothing left

I am exhausted.

For two years, we’ve faced a constant assault on our nation’s values, our democratic institutions, and our fellow citizens, especially the most vulnerable among us. Along with the rest of the country, I have watched as:

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If That Anonymous Op-Ed Made You Feel Better, You’ve Been Played

If the anonymous Op-Ed published on Wednesday in the New York Times made you feel better, I suggest that you read it more carefully, and then renew your commitment to helping elect Democrats in November. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. There may be adults in the room, but Continue reading “If That Anonymous Op-Ed Made You Feel Better, You’ve Been Played”

Dear Millennials: Don’t Die. Vote

Dear Millennials:

I hear you saying you feel hopeless and powerless. The present is a disaster and your future looks bleak. There are problems everywhere you turn. The institutions that are supposed to protect you have betrayed you. You feel like your country has let you down.Continue reading “Dear Millennials: Don’t Die. Vote”

Eyes on the Prize: Focus On 2018 and Stop Fixating on Third Parties

Oh my god people. Stop talking about a third party. Stop talking about the Greens. Stop talking about Bernie. Just stop.

Every time the subject of voting comes up, it’s all I hear: “Democrats are terrible. We need a third party.”

Everything you say is completely reasonable: that we can’t just sit around and wait for another party to come and save us; that we have to start now to build one; that it will take hard work and time; and that if we don’t start now, when?

It’s all true. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. Not at this point. Right now, we have a job to do. Focusing all your energy on building a third party for the 2020 election completely misses the point.

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It’s Up to Us to Save Ourselves

If you’re waiting for Republican lawmakers to break ranks and do the right thing, don’t hold your breath.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are becoming increasingly concerned about Trump’s agenda, his lack of knowledge of international relations, or any of a number of other things, or maybe even hoping for impeachment, I’m here to tell you that help isn’t coming. This time, it’s up to you:Continue reading “It’s Up to Us to Save Ourselves”

Thanks, Donald! I’m Learning So Much

Who says Donald Trump’s administration will be bad for education? I’ve already learned so much!

For example: I’ve already learned the definition of the word Kleptocracy

(noun: government by those who seek chiefly personal gain and status at the expense of the governed)

and also Plutocracy

(noun: government by the wealthy).

I’ve learned a lot about citizens’ rights under our immigration laws.

I’ve learned so much about the rise of Hitler in 1930s Germany.

I’ve also learned how to spell demagoguery (that “u” kept throwing me off), and white-Supremacist (lower-case “w” capital “S”). Same pattern with neo-Nazi and anti-Semitism.

These last few weeks have been a real education. Can’t wait for more.

Our Crazy Electoral College

People are still mad about that Electoral College thing. And okay, I do get it: if it hadn’t been for that antiquated and arguably unfair system, which was created as an incentive to get smaller and less-populous agricultural states to ratify the Constitution, Donald Trump would not now be our president. Because, despite what he tells himself, he did NOT actually win the popular vote.Continue reading “Our Crazy Electoral College”

My Fear and the (New) American Way

I’ve been told that a good way to help with anxiety is to identify in detail the thing you are most concerned will happen. This is the Worst-Case Scenario approach, and the theory is that sometimes specifically identifying what we fear can help us realize that our anxiety may be unfounded. So I challenged myself to name the thing that I am most afraid of regarding a Trump Presidency.

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