Thursday, November 10, 2016

Don't panic - don't get mad - get even!

Being against Trump, against what Republicans might do to you, did not translate into a positive message about what Democrats can do for you. So we lost, pretty much up and down the ticket. But don’t panic. Don’t just get mad, as the saying goes, get even. We’ve got a future to win.

Here are excerpts from a blog, Don’t Panic reminding us that our country is still here and we can take action to create a better, brighter future (h/t Paul McCreary).

Gay marriage has overwhelming support nationwide – 55 percent to 37 percent against.

Legal abortion is favored by 56 percent, with 41 percent opposed.

The vast majority of the population supports background checks for gun buyers – up to 90 percent in some polls.

A majority of Americans support some kind of universal health care, 58 percent to 37 percent.

64 percent of Americans are worried about global warming. Only 36 percent are not.

And – get this – Americans overwhelmingly agree that immigration helps the country more than it hurts, by a 59 percent to 33 percent margin.

Your country didn’t go anywhere. It’s right here where you left it. America is nothing more than a big ol’ collection of people, and those people are more diverse and progressive than they have ever been. That train won’t be stopped. Donald Trump’s supporters are by and large an aging and shrinking demographic. We didn’t see the backlash coming, but that’s on us – a look at our history would have taught us to expect it.

Here are four things to help win the future.

  1. You still have tremendous power, if you are willing to exercise it.
  2. Half of America did not, in fact, just reveal themselves to be closet Nazis.
  3. The internet lets us live in social bubbles that blind us to what’s really happening.
  4. What Trump’s supporters just did, you can do.

You will want to read the original piece to flesh out those four points.

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