Up and Over – 2017

Jenn, Jacob, Brenda, and Griffin at the Atlanta Women's March

Jenn, Jacob, Brenda, and Griffin at the Atlanta Women’s March

For a great number of people I know, 2017 is only going to be better than 2016 because we know it’ll be bad, rather than have it be a surprise. The up-and-over metaphor is both apt—leaping from the trenches to assault the enemy—and inappropriate because we aren’t charging into minefields and massed machine-gun fire, we’re fighting against ongoing, sometimes unconscious, racism, sexism, and bigotry.

Enough of the right people in the right counties voted to put that pustule of ignorant rage into the White House and it’s only a possible good thing that the Republican’s plan is to ride him like a broken donkey until they can get what they want before impeaching and evicting his ass in favor of the tried and true Republican Christian Conservative that is Mike Pence.1 The most likely thing is a two-year period of Republican rule with Trump lashing out at every tiny distraction that impinges on his enormous ego. Foreign policy is going to be a wreck because he doesn’t have the knowledge or the caring and domestic policy is going to be a wreck because he’ll think he can just make things happen by throwing a tantrum. Sooner or later he’s going to learn that people can tell him no and make it stick and then he’s going to get really mad, with consequences that I do not look forward to.

The plus side is that this horrible turn of events has driven people out of their homes and into the streets. The Women’s March had a range of estimated nationwide attendance between two and four million and you know chief executive cheeto heard that loud and clear. People are engaged; Now we have to stay engaged.

I saw a lot of commentary from Black Lives Matter people criticizing yesterday’s marchers for not coming out before. Those criticisms are not invalid in general, but they need to look forward and keep them (us!) coming. We need to let this administration know, and our local governments, that we are tired of this bullshit and we will not tolerate it anymore.

The Chief Executive Cheeto of the United States may deny it but we know we’re on the right side of this. He may deny, and lie, and obfuscate but somewhere in that pile of ego and bile he knows that more than half of the electorate voted against him, and a good percentage of those actively despise his behavior. He is the worst of us and we will not let him have a day’s rest.

It’s time to get out there and make a difference. I don’t know yet what I will do, but you should be thinking about it.  Here’s a good place to start.

  1. Personally, I don’t think that’s a settled plan in the Republican Majority because I believe they’re obvious ploy would not go unpunished, but then I thought Trump was an insane candidate, so your mileage may vary. []
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