As expected, accused sexual predator and repeated liar “Bart” Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court yesterday. We lost a big battle, but we’re still in the midst of a generational war that will play out for decades to come.
Trump and his cult are on the wrong side of history, and try as they might to keep America white and dominated by men, they lose ground every passing day. Their supporters are aging and dying, while some of their strongest opponents are not yet of voting age. It’s certainly true that young people don’t vote in the same numbers as other age groups, but they also don’t stay young forever. And as they age, their acceptance of LGTBQ rights and their reverence for all forms of equality will translate into voting power. Meanwhile America is becoming a profoundly more mixed-race nation. In my childhood, couples of mixed ethnicity were exceedingly rare but now they and their children are everywhere. Short of genocide, there is nothing Trump and his white nationalist enablers can do to stop this trend.
America is also becoming a nation increasingly dominated by women. Over the last thirty years women have accounted for far more advanced degrees than men, which translates into increasing economic power. Women have also made tremendous strides in the workplace, and while more progress is needed, the MeToo movement has been another painfully positive chapter in this evolution. In response to Trumpism and its obvious misogyny, women are also becoming more involved in politics and activism, which will have tremendous societal benefits. Imagine a day when half (or more) of the Senate Judiciary committee are women. Conservatives can only delay their descent from power for a few more years, and it’s not difficult to see Trumpism as the last gasp (aided by Russia) of a set of broken values in decline.
We need to be focused on winning in November, but our challenge is about much more than a midterm victory. We’ve seen what happens when citizens become disengaged from the political process. Corporations take over and usurp democracy. Radical fringe elements and extreme ideologies get a foothold. We can’t just vote and hope things work out. We have to stay engaged in our local politics, and get our friends and families engaged too. It’s important that we get to know our candidates and work for them. It’s telling that practically nobody–NOBODY–confronts our activists at Faso Friday protests. Faso supporters don’t feel strongly enough to fight for him in the public square. But when Delgado is elected to Congress, we can’t abandon him. We can’t do to him what Faso’s supporters have done. We need to continue to show up at town halls, show up at political rallies, and have his back–while holding him and all other reps accountable! That’s the only way to dig ourselves out of the Trump hole as quickly as possible. And when Trump is finally gone, we can’t retire from politics then either. A fundamental shift has to occur in the way we treat politics in our lives. Politics has to become an ingrained part of our routine as a citizen. It can’t be an occasional indulgence. We have to make it a regular life-long priority.
This is a generational struggle we can and will win. It’s only a question of how quickly we can bring ourselves to victory, and how much damage is done in the meantime. Let’s keep working to Fire Feckless Faso and elect Antonio Delgado…