I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year!
Hard to believe it’s been almost two years since the resistance began forming. A lot has happened, but much of it was just noise and distraction. Trump is good at creating scandal and chaos to drown out the things we should all be paying attention to.
Regardless of his absurd wall, and his tantrums, and his tweets, we should all keep in mind the following:
Trump’s administration is the worst in decades. Not only have they destroyed or denuded many of our hard-fought victories, but they have also conducted themselves in a massively corrupt–and in many cases criminal–manner.
The Mueller probe has found a lot of dirt, and produced dozens of indictments, yet we still don’t know half of the things his investigators have discovered. We are only privy to the tip of the iceberg. But we already know that Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator, and would be facing arrest and felony charges if he weren’t the president. Let that sink in.
We’ve always known that Trump wasn’t a “self made” man, but the New York Times exposed the fact that Trump’s wealth was transferred from father Trump to his generation in a massively fraudulent, illegal scheme to avoid taxes. His fortune was ill-gotten, and this alone should have been a presidency-ending bombshell.
The Democrats crushed the Republicans in the Midterms. It was a historic victory, dimmed only by initially tepid media coverage. In our district we proved that relentless organizing and grass-roots door knocking can defeat a corporatist incumbent and his oligarch/plutocrat funding. Antonio Delgado was a better candidate with a better message and a better ground game.
2019 will be an interesting year. A lot more will come to light–perhaps soon–from the Mueller team. Trump and his family will continue to feel the law closing in on them, and will act increasingly desperate to cling to power. The Democrats will Control the House and will begin real oversight of a corrupt and arrogant executive branch. Individual Democrats will begin to announce their runs for president, and it’s expected to be a large field, especially since the winnerof the primary will go against a historically unpopular (lying, corrupt, sleazy, unstable, incompetent) incumbent whose core base isn’t enough to propel him to a second term.
Let’s not underestimate Trump and the media who spawned him, but let’s also be optimistic that a formidable candidate can emerge from the pack and beat him. I’m going to be guided by the principle of “No Septuagenarians.” As much as I love Elizabeth Warren, and as much as Joe Biden would be a hell of a lot better than Trump, it’s time for a younger generation of politicians to take over. I will, of course, vote for whoever the nominee turns out to be, but I’m hoping it will be someone like Amy Klobuchar or Kamala Harris. I don’t want to leave this Earth before a woman is elected President of the United States, and 2020 seems like the perfect time to make this happen. But again, whoever the nominee turns out to be will get my support because there are very few humans alive who are more vile and malignant than Donald Trump.
Wishing all of you a fine one-nine. Keep resisting…