I've had a couple of people (well one actually) ask whether I'd be doing blog posts during this trip like I did last year. Initially I didn't think I would. In retrospect I was disappointed in last year's posts Too much superficial travelogue and not enough reflection/analysis. I think I was trying to make the posts more popularly appealing and in the process made them boring. At least to me anyway (and to one callous golfing buddy who had the nerve to tell me how uninspiring he found them.)
This year I'm going to try to dig a little deeper into my thoughts and feelings. I want to put more heart and soul into the writing and perhaps take more risks. Watch out!
(I'm sending this first entry out as an email. Future ones can be found at www.ferdrightnow.blogspot.com.)
I've been looking forward to this trip as an opportunity to escape from the dark drumbeat that's been throbbing in my head since November 8. It's becoming crystal clear to me that there's no way to run away from the Trump shit storm. Each day's news seems to up the ante. No way I can turn my back this time. And it seems a lot of other people are reaching the same conclusion.
The tremendously successful worldwide Women's March last Saturday was the first time I've felt hopeful since the election.
The big question now is what next? What are the most effective individual and group actions we can take to "protect and resist?" What should be the short and long range plan? Will the leadership continue to come from disparate issue focused groups or will a unifying umbrella organization be possible? What role will the Democratic Party play? What do we need to learn from the election? What needs to change in the progressive/liberal strategy?
I found the following two articles interesting and challenging. Although I strongly disagree with some of the points made I think they raise some questions that can't be ignored if we are going to mount a successful alternative vision for our country. They shook up several of my assumptions and pushed me to reexamine priorities. Maybe they'll get you stirred up too.
(Reading some of the comments to the Brooks piece has been helpful. I will paste one of these below the article links.)
I will make an effort to make regular posts the my blog during the next five weeks. I hope you will join me on this journey.
The following is one of comments made in response to the David Brooks article cited above.