During a recent clinic visit, my doctor said she was seeing a lot of people coming in suffering from depression and anxiety directly related to Trump’s election. I believe her. The fact that a racist, misogynist, fascist man won the White House is bad, but what is truly shaking people’s mental health is that we can’t seem to do anything about it. Day in and day out we are bombarded with news reports recounting Trump’s lies, incompetence, treasonous activities, financial corruption, policy blunders, callousness and total indifference to the people who elected him, and yet no justice is in sight.
Congressional Republicans have put ideology and “winning” above everything else, and will never do what is right and impeach Trump. He’s helping them destroy democracy and replace it with either a theocracy or a dictatorship, so he remains a useful idiot. Emotionally, we know that we have to continue fighting the Trump regime, keep the pressure on, but intellectually, we can clearly see that stopping Sauran…sorry, Trump, will be a titanic struggle, and might require the equivalent of throwing a magic ring into the heart of a volcano.
Many Americans feel a sense of helplessness right now. They are watching lunatics dismantle America from behind a glass wall, willing, but unable to stop the madness. I understand this, but we must continue to resist in big and small ways, from calls and emails to representatives to town hall meetings to protest marches, we need to make our voices heard. We also need to put a great amount of effort into the 2018-midterm elections. Getting Democrats elected in 2018 needs to be primary focus if we are to have any hope of stopping or slowing the Trump/GOP train wreck. These are dark times, but we can’t afford not to press forward.