- “I keep trying to call my Senator but the lines are full in the daytime and the voicemails are full at night. This is bull****!”
- “I’m obsessively checking the news. I go to the New York Times Web site hourly. I wake up in the middle of the night and check what new horror has befallen our country. I can’t stop!”
- “I’m getting more terrified every day. It’s the end of the world!”
Moreover, there is a rapidly growing collection of positive news developing — the resistance is widespread, deep, powerful, growing rapidly, and winning some early skirmishes. In my own Facebook feed, I’m starting to post mainly positive developments. The next post on this blog will list several of them. Read these, and take heart. It’s not Pollyannaish to celebrate the achievements we are beginning to rack up, nor to be hopeful that these will eventually become an avalanche that buries the extremists’ plans to reverse the last several hundred years of human development.
Armageddon. I am certainly quite aware that the new administration poses a grave risk to essentially everything we hold dear — I do not mean to minimize that. But consider the objective reality of the present moment. The White House has definitely disrupted the lives of thousands who were trying to get to the U.S. (for the first time, or returning home), and the rhetoric and actions emanating from D.C. have created a meaner, more violent atmosphere, to be sure.