It’s only been two months since you and your spray tan machine moved into the White House and what I feared most is already happening.
As I told you once before, after the election most of us felt completely helpless and hopeless. That said, it was clear from the start the there was no way we were just going to sit back and take a Donald Trump presidency without a fight.
So we got together to #resist.
There was the Women’s March on Washington, we flooded our local representatives with calls and mail, Meryl Streep made that speech at the Golden Globes and we all felt a little better. A little.
But now, just two months in, you’re way worse than any of us even imagined. And I’m ashamed to admit this, but it’s like the Borg said on Star Trek: Resistance is starting to feel futile.
People keep saying the resistance is actually working, but no matter how many times we post the hashtag #notmypresident, last time I checked you still are. And with Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate, the truth is there’s not much any of us can do to stop you.
We feel powerless because we are powerless.
It’s like you’re Israel and the rest of us are those little Palestinian kids throwing rocks at your tanks. Yeah, we’re cute and passionate about our cause, but the truth is those rocks don’t do s**t. And neither do ours.
I mean, seriously. Think about it.
You put a climate change denialist in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency, we flood his office with phone calls.
You set out to destroy the administrative state, we tap that little “wow” emoji until our fingers hurt.
You plan to take insurance away from 24 million people and the only option we’ll have is to die.
You spew alternative facts and wage war against the media, we follow Dan Rather on Facebook.
And lets face it, it’s only a matter of time before there’s a terrorist attack – maybe even just a small one – and there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll respond with World War III. Then what? More calls to our local representatives? Vagina gloves to go with our hats? Sigh…
When it comes to the #resistance, you’re our biggest problem. But you’re not our only problem.
Politics is basically a battle of ideas. And the other problem we’re facing is that the main idea behind the resistance is “Not Trump”. That’s it.
Democrats and progressives have never been more unified than we are in our opposition of you. But the most powerful movements is history have always been defined by what they’re for, not what they’re against.
So as long as we’re only resisting, you’ve got us right where you want us – under your control. And you rub that in our faces in every tweet and every press conference. I’ll be honest with you, Donald, it’s really depressing.
The other day Bernie Sanders reminded us why we have to continue to fight, no matter how bad things get.
“Absolutely these are very difficult and frightening times,” he said. “But also understand that in moments of crisis, what has happened, time and time again, is that people have stood up and fought back. So despair is absolutely not an option.”
I love Bernie, but he’s wrong that despair is not an option. It most definitely is. But I guess no matter how bad it gets, it just can’t be the only option.
It just can’t.