The marches this past weekend were nothing short of inspiring. I mean, look at the numbers, an estimated 300 people, mostly white males, showed up to these things. Oops, sorry, an alternative fact snuck in there. All joking aside, the marches were huge, believe me. The idea that Donald Trump is president has outraged women (and most people) about as much as the idea of putting Jerry Sandusky in charge of campus safety.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 was a day that many of us got a little bit of our faith in humanity restored, our spirits uplifted and our senses ready for battle. Let’s hope it’s only the beginning.
I posted on Facebook that “The marches were super inspiring and the turnout was so good we should plan another one in November of 2018 that ends in a voting booth.”
A friend of mine commented that this march was about ongoing participation, and that the single act of voting and doing nothing else isn’t enough and is what got us into this mess in the first place.
She’s absolutely right, voting is not enough and complacency helped get us into this mess. Know what else got us into this mess? Downplaying the importance of midterm elections. Last midterm, the left was swapping Obama stories around a keg while the Republicans dominated race after race. Oops, another alternative fact again…or is it?
The 2018 Midterms will be the most important election in many people’s lifetimes. I can safely say the most important, thus far, in mine. I felt that way even before Trump became president. There is no group better at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory than the Democratic Party, not to mention they have plenty of Corporate DINOs that it’s time to vote out. Alternative voting methods, getting money out of politics, these are all issues that there’s been some grumbling about, and with true progressives in the House and Senate these things could be a reality.
As much as I despise the curmudgeon that scoffs at protests and tells people to “go out and vote next time” (even though most of them probably did), and as much as I despise the cliché of “if you didn’t vote you have no right to complain” (which I would argue isn’t necessarily true but that’s a different story for a different day), in this case, let’s hope this momentum is just a start, and it follows us into a voting booth in 2018.
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