If things don’t already suck enough.

In the latest edition of the Indy Week, Paul Blest gloomily cautions that in addition to the trifecta won by the Republicans at the federal level, they also own two-thirds of governorships and nearly two-thirds of state legislatures — only one state legislature shy of a constitutional convention. That would mean unfettered passage of “right-to-life” and “balanced-buget” amendments among other gut wrenching planks in the extreme right-wing platform.

Just some barely digestible food for thought. The mid-term election is just two years away. Tick tock.

We listened. We just couldn’t hear anything.

2016-election-county-mapOur ears were perked, since years ago when the threat to progressivism by the growing conservative/religious-right movement took more and more ominous shape. But as that ideology caught on with the Jacksonian minded rural-white folk, so too did the cottage industry of conservative media grow into the bubble that ultimately dimmed their fear driven voices to the outside world to a barely perceptible buzz-like noise akin to the vibration from a distant soundproof room.
Nothing diplomatic we tried could penetrate it, and, nothing got out but for the ever intensifying sonar-like pings of nationalism, hatred and bigotry that attracted instigating MSM ratings whores like moths to glowing flame.
How much shit did we take from our petulant children before giving way to our disgust? And now — especially in this new PC-be-damned world we find ourselves in — we’re supposed shame ourselves into taking responsibility for Trump’s win because we had a bad, elitist attitude?

No worries “Peace Candidate” voters, we’ll leave the light on for you.

donaldtrumpfinger-1I would imagine that except for only a relatively small slice of those Democrats, who, out of disgust over Hillary’s negatives, DNC malfeasance and Bernie’s primary loss, voted their “conscience” for Green Party nominee, Jill Stein, must be just as shocked and dismayed by the outcome as those of us who held our noses and voted our “pragmatism” for the best qualified of the two most despised presidential candidates in our nation’s history.

The causes of this major set back for progressivism – for a generation, at least – will be studied for years to come. However, the loss by the Democratic Party of the rural-white working class looms the largest of all of the post-election punditry, and, once the battle over the new DNC leadership is won, there are only two years until the mid-term elections for a united front to gain back even the slightest bit of ground.

While the cause and effect of how we on the left got to this place is deserving of debate, and, the lessons learned never forgotten, the reality is that we are now faced with a GOP governing trifecta, led by a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynistic, anti-semitic, alt-right legitimizing despot empowered only by Electoral College vote, whose Christian Taliban VP pick is firmly entrenched in the whiter than white bread fraternity of the 97% of House and 90% of Senate incumbents returning to DC for the 115th Congress (with a self-proclaimed mandate by the current House Speaker, no less), and, whose cabinet is shaping up as a rogues gallery of denizens from the very swamp he promised his dupes he’d drain.

So, in light of the daunting task ahead of the progressive movement, I’m left wondering if the throngs of still registered Democrats and defectors who threw their support behind Stein in protest, are going to hang on to the impossible dream of building the Green Party from grassroots to national prominence entirely within the span of two or even four years – the Green’s currently hold only around 137 elected offices nationwide, none in Congress, no sitting governors and Stein won a paltry 1% of the popular vote (far short of the 5% needed for national recognition and federal funding for 2020) – or, if they’re going to snap out of it and come back home and rally around the new blood running the party that’s already there.