On taking action, sorta

qlemjK.jpgHere’s where my head’s at right now.  I’ve called my Senator twice in the last couple of days, one to thank him for announcing that he was voting against Betsy DeVos and again this morning to encourage him to vote against Jeff Sessions when that abortion of a confirmation vote comes up.  I literally just say “call my Senator” to my phone and bam, I’m talking to a staffer a couple of moments later.

And then it hit me: the #1 rule of Republicans is They Always Get Worse.  The #2 rule of Republicans is They Only Get Worse.  So am I doing anything that actually has a point here, other than encouraging Joe Donnelly to go against his usual first instincts and vote like a Democrat?  Is there any point to calling my other Senator, or even finding out his name, which I’m just now realizing to no small amount of self-loathing that I don’t even know?

I can’t name my Governor right now either.  I’d recognize either of their names, mind you, but I can’t produce them.  That’s how deep the hole I’ve been in since November is.

That’s not the point, though.  Let’s say Sessions and DeVos both get voted down somehow.  It’s at least conceivable, right?

Their replacements, the way things have been going, will be David Duke and Michelle Rhee.  Neither will be an improvement.  That’s not how Republicans do things.  Whoever they replace Sessions and DeVos with (and Rhee is very likely going to be the actual choice) will be worse than they would.  And we won’t manage to fight off two in a row.  It won’t happen.

I’ve been saying “I need to shake myself out of this” for nearly three months now.   Probably about time for that to actually happen.

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Luther M. Siler

Teacher, writer of words, and local curmudgeon. Enthusiastically profane. Occasionally hostile.

2 thoughts on “On taking action, sorta

  1. YES. Call your other Senator too. Even if you know he won’t vote the way you want. Regardless of what political party he runs under, now that he is elected, he represents ALL of the people in your state. If all he hears is affirmations, he’ll keep going like he’s going. But if enough of his constituents call and voice their opinions of how he should vote, he’ll at least think twice. And if you, and the other’s like you, call even once a week, you’ll keep putting pressure on him. Personally, I hate talking on the phone. But I’ve got my Senators and district Rep in my phone, both DC and local office. I’ve managed to call each of them on two different days. The stroke prevents me from marching, and cancer costs prevents me from donating as much as I like, but I can damn sure call and make sure they know how one of their constituents feels!

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  2. What Crickett said! … also … disruption. Humans don’t like disruption. They want it to go the way they planned, first time, every time. Disruption causes destabilisation. Destabilisation reduces confidence, causes doubt. All these things have the potential to create change.

    Nothing is a given, but if you don’t act, then you can bloody-well guarantee nothing will change.

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