I want there to be an official record, beyond the ephemera of social media, that I wholeheartedly agree with and echo everything in writer John Pavlovitz's blog post/ moral protest, titled Let the record show.
New touch pads on Macbooks — whee! I can use an emoji more easily on my laptop! My phone gets slimmer; it can store more photos, music, stuff. For too long, innovation in communication has meant faster, shinier toys. What about better connection between humans? The future of our democracy hinges on our ability to get this right.
The dominant narrative among my friends these days is one of horror, anger, cynicism and despondency. Never one to accept the story that's handed to me, I want to offer a counter-narrative — not to put a falsely bright face on a horrible situation, but to identify a true opportunity that I see emerging from the darkness.
What no one has put forth (that I've seen, and PLEASE, tell me I'm wrong), and what to me is central to all of this, is how to dismantle the GOP machinery that cynically, methodically, and with billions of dollars of support, brought us to the place. Brilliant, creative fellow citizens: What can we do to defeat this cancer?
It is the end of Day 1 of processing the news that T (I cannot write his name) will be our next president, and I am on the subway ride home from work. I look at the other people on the train, calculating that most of us are scum as far as T is concerned: Women who don't look like Barbie dolls, people of color, immigrants, likely a number of people who aren't straight. I feel, increasingly, like I've been living in a fantasy land, thinking I have power in this world...