Democracy is not a spectator sport. This is the old motto of Common Cause and a great rallying cry for our moment. The folks in power want you to feel despair. They want you to feel hopeless. They want you to stay home. What they don’t want you to do is take to the streets, go to the centers of power, or show up at the polls. Optimism is hard to maintain in the face of a despairing reality, but it is essential.
Trump won by fewer than 80,000 votes. He has a two vote majority in the Senate and a 23 seat majority in the House. He is no absolute monarch or dictator. His is a weak presidency that could be crippped by a few percentage points swinging the other way.
So talk to a Trump supporter and ask them if this is really what they signed up for. Where are the new jobs? Where is the infrastructure? Where is the healthcare better than Obamacare? Did the tax cut give them any money or just his rich friends and donors? Do they want their daughters to grow up in a world where accused sex offenders get to be judges?
Send a message to the folks in charge. Take to the streets, go to the centers of power, and take back the country at the polls. This is how we win.