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Believe It, You Matter, Part X: We May Not Get Everything We Want. Keep Fighting Anyway.

This OTYCD post originally ran in August 2018.

 

Believe It, You Matter, Part X: We May Not Get Everything We Want. Keep Fighting Anyway. 

 

You might have noticed that people are pissed about the way things are going. You might be one of those pissed-off people. Team Trump and its shitshow of corruption, cruelty, and pro-bully tactics have spurred millions to do more to push back.

 

A fair number of registered Republicans–including some high-profile ones–have left the party and gone independent. Many folks who were never politically active stepped up after the November 2016 election. They went to protests for the first time in their lives. Same again for phone-banking, knocking on doors, donating to causes and candidates, and calling their members of Congress. A small but heroic number found the courage to run for office.

 

It is unprecedented. It is organic. It might be unique in the history of America. And it should continue as long as Team Trump keeps crazy-assing and the GOP keeps shirking its duties to check Team Trump’s fucked-up, hateful, hurtful actions.

 

But! While we are righteous, motivated, and strong, we could still lose.

 

Take the SCOTUS nomination battle. Team Trump and the GOP are determined to ram their choice through before the midterms. We don’t want that. But because Democratic Senators are in the minority, there’s only so much they can do to stop it.

 

They will do what they can. They will fight. And, as we at OTYCD have asked, you should call your Senators and urge them to fight (if they’re Democrats) or vote no if they’re Republicans. Yes, your Republican Senators probably won’t change their votes, but they need to know their constituents oppose them on this, and will work to vote them out if they move a Trump nominee along.

 

But we could lose this one, and losing this one would be bad. People you love will be hurt by a SCOTUS dominated by hard-right judges. People you love could die as a result of a hard-right SCOTUS decision. You could lose your health insurance. Gerrymandering might get a yellow or green light. Voting rights might be curtailed. Parts of the Constitution that annoy evangelical Christians, greedy corporations, racists, and committed bullies could be muzzled and stomped upon. Democracy could be smothered. [Edited to add: This post was written and queued before the Senate approved Kavanaugh by a 51-49 vote.]

 

The answer is to keep fighting.

 

The only way to stop the SCOTUS from being perverted by hard-right extremists is to elect Democrats to the Senate and keep electing Democrats to the Senate until there are enough of them to control the chamber. And once they control the chamber, you need to defend them so they can keep control of the chamber and stop hard-right extremists from getting on the court.

 

If Democrats controlled the Senate now, they could refuse any nominee who’s stupidly hard-right and continue to refuse until Team Trump puts forward an actual moderate. But they don’t, so they can’t.

 

But if you curl into a ball and quit when the news of InJustice EvilJerk’s swearing-in breaks, we all lose.

 

Same again with the 2018 midterms. Things generally look good right now. But we won’t get absolutely everything we want. Simply from a mathematic standpoint, it’s unlikely that every Democrat wins and every Republican loses. There are too many races, at too many levels. There will be losses, and some of those losses might be tough.

 

Plus, there’s an elephant in the room (or, rather, the polling place). Having successfully messed with the 2016 elections, Russia’s hackers will be keen to try again in November 2018, and Team Trump has yet to order the National Security Agency (NSA) to take the steps needed to defend our country from those attacks.

 

Again, if you curl into a ball and quit when news breaks of, say, Iowa House Rep Steve King’s reelection, we all lose.

 

Yes, rest. Yes, unplug. Yes, take time away. You are allowed to have fun. You are allowed to do things that make you happy. Heck, it’s vital. Drafting and sticking with a self-care routine is one of the most important things you can do.

 

Rest. Recharge. Frolic. Forget for a few hours or days, maybe even weeks. But come back. Always, always come back. We need you.

 

And hey, getting mad is OK, too. Crying is OK. Despairing is OK. Feeling the force of your emotions is OK! But come back. Always, always come back. We need you.

 

Trump will go, but you must not.

 

You’ve got to stay here and carry on the fight.

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Help OTYCD Build a Page of Resistance Market Links

Help us build a page of links to Resistance-themed merchandise that benefits worthy causes.

 

Recently we posted a story about “Nevertheless, She Persisted” products that directly benefit Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

 

We would like to build a page of links to merchandise–hats, t-shirts, pussy hats, tote bags, and the like–that devote 100 percent of their profits to Resistance-relevant causes.

 

Examples of worthy beneficiaries would be the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 

If you know of any products that fit the brief, please email:

onethingyoucando    @   gmail.com

…and let us know about them.

 

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Help Elizabeth Warren By Buying “Nevertheless She Persisted” Merch

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Help Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren build her war chest for 2018 by buying “Nevertheless, She Persisted” merchandise.

Mitch McConnell handed Warren the perfect autobiography title when he shut her down during confirmation hearings for attorney general Jeff Sessions. When she attempted to read a letter that Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote in the 1980s when Sessions was up for a judgeship, McConnell invoked an obscure Senate rule to make her stop. Warren tried to keep going. In relaying the incident later, McConnell said, “Nevertheless, she persisted,” and gave rise to an immortal phrase gleefully embraced by the Resistance.

Damn near immediately, Etsy, CafePress, and the like were inundated with “Nevertheless, She Persisted” products. While some donated all profits, or at least a portion, to Warren’s campaign (she’s due to run for a second six-year term in 2018), not all did, and it can be hard to tell at a glance which sales help her.

Worry not: Warren’s campaign has a shop. Below are links to several ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ items. If you buy them, you can be certain that Elizabeth Warren will benefit directly.

A caution: Products periodically sell out. (As of mid-June 2017, the temporary tattoos were out of stock.) You may have to wait for your favorites to reappear.

 

Here’s the main link for Warren’s online store:

https://store.elizabethwarren.com

 

Buy the “Nevertheless, She Persisted” pink pussy hat:

"Nevertheless She Persisted" Rally Hat

 

Buy the “Nevertheless, She Persisted” t-shirt:

"Nevertheless She Persisted" T-shirt

 

Buy the “Nevertheless, She Persisted” bumper sticker:

"Nevertheless She Persisted" Bumper Sticker

 

Buy the “Nevertheless, She Persisted” travel mug:

"Nevertheless She Persisted" Travel Mug

Buy the “Nevertheless, She Persisted” campaign button (pack of three):

"Nevertheless She Persisted" Campaign Buttons (Pack of Three)

 

Donate to Elizabeth Warren’s 2018 Senatorial re-election campaign:

Donation