So here we are. A month into 45’s regime. The disturbance in the force is still resonating at high frequency. A lot of Americans are wondering when Congress plans to do something other than run and hide from their constituents. It’s frustrating because we’re discovering so many GOP politicians don’t give a shit if their constituents know they don’t represent them. They don’t think anyone is going to hold them accountable for their actions. They feel quite confident in the fact that they run the committees that oversee their corruption.
It’s depressing. I know a lot of people are struggling to keep their chin up. I’m so proud of The Resistance. I know it’s painful having friends and loved ones who don’t share our views. It’s agonizing to disagree so vehemently with people you care about. The reason you care about them is that they’re loveable. But loveable can still be frustrating as fuck! Hang in there. Don’t turn your back on them, they’re going to need your support no matter what happens. Please, hang in there. Remind yourself what made you love them in the first place, and hold that thought tightly. We’ll get through this.
Keep up the good work. Keep reading and listening to leaders and news sources that consistently pass fact checking. Follow your representatives on social media to open another avenue of communication. Keep calling and telling your representatives what you want them to do on your behalf. If you can’t get through, leave a message. If they shut off their phone, send a postcard or letter. Be persistent. Remember, not everyone we’re fighting for can do this, so if you’re able, thank you so much for lifting others with you.
I’m doing my part and following a good leader within The Resistance. If you haven’t joined yet, here is a link to an ACLU-run site that can help you get involved. Also, don’t forget to donate to the ACLU if you’re able. I’m using the funds I saved by canceling cable to send them a monthly amount. I have to say, it feels great to donate money to them. I gave to Bernie during his campaign, but that was the first time I put money into politics (willingly). Now I’m addicted to activism with my wallet. The best part is it’s not contributing to my “too much stuff” issue. Bonus. It’s got to be in my top ten adulting actions thus far.
Remember to step away when you need to, and come back refreshed. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t feel guilty for self-care. It’s mandatory for humans who want to continue being humane. The Obama’s are back and looking rested and ready to dig in. Hillary Clinton has also been publicly cheering us on. They’re with us. But even better, we have each other. If you need a shoulder, I have two. You can reach out to me knowing I’m awkward and dorky and usually ruin the three jokes I know, but I care about you because you’re alive. Being alive sucks sometimes. When that happens, reach out. Some days are too heavy to carry alone.