Doddering

When Ronald Reagan was president he was asked by an investigating committee if he had secretly sold arms to Iran (which was illegal) and used the proceeds to fund a covert war in Nicaragua (also illegal).  His reply was, “I don’t recall.”

Seriously!

And there were people who leapt to his defense, saying a president couldn’t possibly be expected to remember every little detail of every little thing that went on in his administration.

So just imagine how much damage Donald Trump could do if his image was that of a kindly, doddering old fool.

Standing By

“There’s no such thing as an innocent bystander.”  ~Abbie Hoffman

People sometimes ask rhetorically, “If you could go back in time and kill Hitler, would you?”  but there’s a big problem with that premise:  it assumes that only one man was responsible for World War II, and the millions of other people who participated were merely dragged behind in the great man’s wake, powerless to do anything other than bob along in the waves he created.

It denies the power of any individual– save the one– to influence world events.

I reject that.

The Better Nature

“My concerns, and my father’s concerns, were usually less about who a particular president is and more about who we are as a people and a nation.  Presidents come and go, but the people are always here. There’s only one president, but there are hundreds of millions of us… I try to reinforce the better nature of who we are and where we want to go. And it comes down to what my dad always said, that everyone counts.”  ~Arlo Guthrie, from an article in the Broward Palm Beach New Times

Great, Again

When you need a new roof, you don’t hire a carpenter. When you need a cavity filled, you don’t go to a professional dentist. I like to think that the brakes on my car were not installed by someone with training and experience, but by someone who merely held strong opinions on how it ought to be done.

That’s why I’m confident that an administration of amateur politicians is exactly what this country needs to get back on track.

All of us

One battle conservatives have won, for at least a generation, is that government can no longer be seen as a tool to help people.  It seems to exist mainly to protect the interests of the leisure class- and as a corollary, to keep the working class in their place.

So if you’re sick, you’re on your own; if you’re poor, you’re on your own; if you’re hungry, you’re on your own; if you’re homeless, you’re on your own.  This is being spun as “freedom.”

And it’s discouraging- but we’re not helpless.  We just have to look for other ways to take care of each other.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to look at our local communities and find ways to get involved, hands-on.  It’s not enough to change the icon on our Facebook page or share a clever meme with our friends, we have to show up in person and help people face-to-face.

We can do a lot of good in this world, together.

Don’t leave anybody on their own.