Open thread—St. Crispin's Day
This week has been a series of body blows.
Today's Supreme Court news—a ruling against public sector unions, and Anthony Kennedy's retirement—cemented our parlous week.
It's OK to be down. It's OK to feel as if we're in a dark place. Because you know what? We are in a dark place. Probably the darkest since the 1850s before the outbreak of the Civil War. And I think it's safe to say that we are now in a soft Civil War, with the country riven on the national level by differences which seem insurmountable. (Although this piece on the BBC News website posits that things might not be as dire on the local level. I'll have more to say about that in a future piece.)
I will never sugarcoat things. We're in a pickle.
But more and more the citizens of this country are reacting with outrage to what's happening. We see this in the number of seats Democrats have flipped since the Trump installation. We see this in a new age of protest. We see this in individual acts, like that of the owner of the Red Hen.
Part of this country is the hateful, fearful, bigoted stereotype which clings to Trump as if to a life raft. There's no denying that. But there's also no denying that part of it is opposed to that vision with all of its fiber. And that part is growing stronger.
I've posted this video before. It's what I turn to in times of joy and of calamity. In times of joy it's a balm. In times of calamity it steels my resolve to continue. I hope it has the same effect on you.
We band of brothers and sisters will see this new American renaissance through to its end. Believe in that.
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