It’s hard to concentrate on anything besides what Trump and the Republicans are doing and saying:
*Tax “reform” that’s a giveaway to their rich corporate and individual donor/owners and will bust a huge hole in the deficit, which will only be closable by enormous cuts in entitlement programs (effectively ending the New Deal, a long-sought, right-wing wet dream). As economic adviser Gary Cohn said, “The most excited group out there are big CEOs, about our tax plan.” Duh.
*Trump bumbling around the world, dancing with dictators and sucking up to Putin while he calls long-time American public servants “hacks”
*The ex-Eli Lilly executive/Big Pharma lobbyist – Alex Azar -- who has just been raised from the Swamp to be new Health and Human Services secretary
*Roy Moore, the pedophile GOP candidate from Alabama, the one who’s really, really Christian
*Trump packing the courts with highly unqualified, young right-wing ideologues (and McConnell jamming them through)
*Trumpworld in suspense, waiting for the next indictment: Michael Flynn or his son? … Jared or Donald Jr.?
As Stephen Sondheim said in a different context, “Every day, a little death.”
There was some hope on Election Day: good results in Virginia, New Jersey, and in pockets all across the country. But let’s see what happens in 2018. The Democrats will be fighting a lot of money, gerrymandering, and a lot of voter suppression. And we don’t know what Russia, Trump’s ally, has planned for us.
It’s hard to stay positive, and yet what choice have we? I focus on my little life: working on this draft of WHEN I GOT OUT and taking care of my family, especially my exquisite grandson Calder.
And I try to take courage from the fighting words of others:
“I believe that we are lost here in America, but I believe we shall be found.” – Thomas Wolfe, YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN
“Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.” -- Aristotle
“Most of the things worth doing in the world have been declared impossible before they were done.” – Louis Brandeis
“That which the fascists hate, above all else, is intelligence.” – Miguel de Unamuno
“I believe that all men, black, brown, and white, are brothers.” – W.E.B. DuBois
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.” – George Orwell
“My experience has been that the people who talk the loudest about morality are the people who possess the least amount of it.” – James Carville
“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is, the search for a superior justification for selfishness.” – John Kenneth Galbraith
“What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise.” – Barbara Jordan