On fear and hope

On fear and hope

This greeted me as I opened up my TPV this morning

Yes, you read that right. Apparently, he thinks that foreign governments control who applies for immigration, and send their "worst" people to the US, to be rid of them.

It's still baffling that this incompetent know-nothing is the most powerful man in the world. (He really isn't, as he's abdicated all US leadership. But he still controls, on paper, the world's most powerful nuclear arsenal.) But what Alabama showed is that there is a large segment of our fellow citizens who will vote for unqualified, immoral, even evil candidates out of fear and loathing.

What Alabama also showed, however, is that even in a state where that segment supposedly holds all the advantages, it can be defeated. Alabama is a clarion call. Resistance is not only not futile, but a necessary precondition for political victory.

Yes, we had a defeat yesterday with net neutrality. We will have more defeats and more victories in the coming months. It's easy as humans to treat every adverse setback as defining, as if we will never recover from it. That's our base, reptilian brain talking, telling us to fear everything.

But fear, while useful, has to be confronted and overcome. You don't fight because of fear; you fight in spite of it. You realize that you have to get past your fear to achieve your goal.

Our opponents act out of fear. It's all they have. Look at any of their rallies. They're congregations of fearful, hateful people, unmoored in a world which to them has gone mad.

The thing which defeats fear is hope. If we give in to panic every time Donald Trump sneezes, he wins. That's what he and his ilk depend on, our shivering at the thought of the future.

Trump, for all his animus, is not Hitler. This isn't to say that he doesn't desire to have that kind of power. But the only way for him to attain that power is for us to give it to him. What the past year has shown is that this country is not going to kow tow to a wannabe dictator with small, stubby hands. Every act of resistance, every time we say "no", we win.

So, go into the weekend. Relax. Rejuvenate. Then return to fight. And fight from a place of hope, not fear. It's the only way we'll win.



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