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Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving-this is no big Thanksgiving dinner in my family this year. My older sister has stopped cooking, my niece stopped cooking because it reminds her of my late mother (she passed away 2 years ago). But I’m thankful anyway. I won’t have to make plans for Costa Rica for at least 2 years, don’t have to worry about Social Security or even my Medicaid expansion either. And I have a picture that expresses what I feel about America:

Post Midterms

Am I the only person who actually feels more rested now that the Midterms are over, and the Blue Wave has washed over the land? Yes, Cheeto is still President. And there’s at least another 2 years of that, but at least his antics will have a check and balance on them through investigations and funding. Here’s hoping the “power of the purse” means no money for anything crazy he comes up with and a deep dig into what he has been funding already.

But this coming January, I know that my Social Security and Medicaid will be safe for at least 2 years. Not only that, but there won’t be any crazy laws passed either.

At this point, a lot of people are saying, “nothing will get passed”. I know. That’s the reason why I voted Democratic in the first place. There are times when a traffic jam is the best solution, and I voted for a 5pm, going out of town before the holiday gridlock. Nothing will get done besides a Federal budget, and nothing is what I want.

What about the lame duck? Well, that ends 12/17, and I doubt that the lame duck wants anything too ambitious. Obama was able to get a lot done during his lame duck, but people actually wanted to work with him.  This crowd is probably secretly glad they lost if only because they get the Christmas gift of never having to see Trump or work with him again.

Things that the Resistance Has Done Right

After a couple of years, and a massive Blue Wave midterm, its a good time to assess the Resistance and its successes.. I remember a saying “history doesn’t repeat, it rhymes”. With so many people noticing parallels with the 1930’s, with an embrace of open Nazism and authoritarianism, its easy to over look its Resistance is pretty effective.

First of all, unlike the battling factions of the 1930’s, we’ve remained remarkably united, despite a more diverse coalition and all its different needs. Next, we’ve remained non-violent, depriving Trump and his sympathizers of a means to create both sympathy and a reason to use the iron fist. It was the battling factions that gave both the authoritarians of the 1930 and Nixon of the 1970’s an excuse of “law and order”. Without violence, we’ve stayed united -and effective. The result has been the ability to at least gain some real power and some real results, like the overturning of some bans, the release of some of the kidnapped children, and electoral reform. And now we have some real power and ability to at least blunt Trump’s insanity.

Its the women, smartie. This time its the visuals: Pink hats instead of leather berets, signs instead of guns slung over shoulders, Nurturing instead of swagger and boasting.

Lessons were learned from the 1960’s and the long drought of the 1970’s. Go for attainable goals instead of revolution in the streets. The groups that went for the latter, if not broken up, faded as there was no where to go after the war and after politics brought at least some positive changes. They left only memories. We can be in this for the long haul.