Op-Ed: Let Determination, Not Depression, Guide your Future

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There is no reason to respect the new associate justice to the Supreme Court, the boozing beer man. Whether or not he accosted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, he is a fraud.

Brett Kavanaugh has exposed himself like a pervert wearing a raincoat in the park. He is a right wing judicially intemperate partisan extremist who hates everything liberal. 

And that’s the way it is. And will be. No sense fooling ourselves.

Still, if you are feeling depressed over the civil rights losses we may face in the Supreme Court, don’t be. Life is a circle game, and a pendulum always swings back and forth in multiple directions.

The setbacks we are facing will push us backwards today for sure, but it is only to a place we have been before. We overcame them once. We will again. Such is life. The sun tans. It also burns. Water sustains us. It can also drown you. We are tested all the time.

Here is the reality. Women are not going back to getting abortions in the middle of the night. Gay men are not going back into the closet. We are going to come back- and take back our lives. We are not going anywhere.

We should start by altering the face of city commissions, legislatures, and congresses in our communities. Vote as many people out of office as you can. Usher in a new vitality, vigor, and vision.

We are going to need to show once again that the people of the United States are more progressive than the politicians of the United States.

If we are going to create a sea of change, and we must, then we have to oust the Orrin Hatches and Mitch McConnells of this world.

It may not be immediate, but it will be inevitable. Let’s get started. Some have.

A new generation of activists is planting their feet in the soil. March for Our Lives is not a moment. It is a movement. It will grow and gather moss like a rolling stone, trampling those who stand in its way.

The most productive part of this new vision is that it won’t tie itself down to any doctrine or political party. It will be driven by principle and passion, not party or partisanship. But they can’t let up. Pressure is the only path.

The significance is that those of the powerful right or left must face challenge and change from all corners. It is happening already. It is why institutional liberal Democrats have already been defeated by insurgent progressives in Massachusetts and New York. It’s why the time has passed for Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi.

Bob Dylan’s message has been reborn this year. The times they are a changing. It’s why Ted Cruz is being challenged credibly in Texas. It’s why Orrin Hatch and Mitch McConnell have become vestiges of yesterday with no future. The Supreme Court pick was their dying fecal droppings for America to remember them by.

You have seen this social phenomena unfolding locally too. It is the Andrew Gillums of the world whose time has come. No, Bill Nelson should not have been a senatorial candidate any longer. Nor should Debbie Wasserman Shultz be in the House of Representatives any longer. My god, these are political jobs, not lifetime appointments. Give someone else a chance.

It was in 1961 that President John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” Let it be so again in 2018.

Welcome to the new and alternative voices to city commissions  county courts. Make sure they are conscientious and credible though. 

Neither judges nor mayors should own their seats for decades. It only leads to decadence. If you want to be a true leader, then step down and open the door for others. Term limit yourself. You don’t need a law to do so.

When you vote for a candidate next month, you are planning for your life tomorrow. It’s like picking a partner. Will you still love them in the morning after the thrill is gone?

Democracy, it’s here to stay, but only if we make it so. As he walked out of the constitutional convention in 1787 in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government we had created.

He replied “A republic, if you can keep it.”

We still have a ways to go.


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