Friday, November 25, 2016
THERE IS NO QUICK FIX
Keith Olbermann is running a pod cast on GQ call The Resistance. I am absolutely deflated and disgusted by the results of the Presidential election. But I am also old and in the last years of my life, so perhaps I look at things differently.
The outrage is in me; but we need to recognize that the actual root of our anger is not Donald Trump and the political whores of the Republican party; it is not something that we can defeat with outrage.
Fifty percent of this nation vehemently supported and defended the racist, homophobic, misogynistic and inappropriate views of a Donald Trump. These people are poorly educated, mostly religious, and get their information from right wing radio and TV shows and from churches and religious communities of like mind.
The goal cannot be to subjugate fifty percent of the nation to our views through bluster, criticism and outrage.
I am not saying we should not loudly complain and decry every loss of liberty that will result during the Trump Presidency; but we should recognize that what has happened has long term effects and the problem is greater than one man and one Party.
The solution, if there is one, is to better educate children – support education beyond high school; aggressively confront religious ignorance wherever it exists; continue to decry intolerance and get involved in local politics.
The nation is divided. Ignorance and religion have now usurped control. There is no quick fix – the damage is done.
Liberals must become more demonstrative. Blogging is easy, but we must also regularly publish in the editorial section of newspapers and on line news outlets; we must become active and vocal at city and town and county and school board meetings.
Our object should not be confrontation with half the population, but questioning policies and seeking compromise.
The results of a Donald Trump Presidency will last for decades. If this Nation is to return to some form of a Liberal Democracy, it will be through long term efforts of liberal people to systematically confront religious ignorance and social intolerance; and to become involved politically and to ensure that their children and grandchildren are properly educated.