Posted: 02/21/17 12:46
by Dave Mindeman
As Trump's new immigration policies sweep the nation, I can appreciate the anger and distress that has shown itself in demonstrations and public meetings.
But my question is this....Where were you?
This sense of urgency was not found prior to November 8th. This anger at Trump's ideas didn't seem to be manifesting itself. Where were you?
Was it a sense of complacency? Was it ideological purity? Was it just plain laziness? I don't know. During the last days of the campaign, my worry level kept increasing.
It is not like he didn't tell us what he was going to do. It's not like he hid any of it. We saw the bigotry and racism. We knew it was there. Yet, somehow, the sense of urgency never came.
Granted...I and a lot of others still never believed that he could actually be President. I'm still convinced that he didn't think so himself. But a person that said the things he did and the extreme ideas he espoused should have made us angry enough to at least vote...at least vote to defeat him directly.
But that did not happen.
I am encouraged by the flurry of activity that has happened since. Maybe it took something like this to awaken the collective progressive mind. But we are playing from a defensive position...and a weak one at that.
Heading toward 2018, we need to pocket our differences on the left. We need to stop thinking in terms of dominant "wings" of the Democratic Party.
This is an all hands on deck moment.
We let this happen and we sure as hell better get together to fix it.