Sunday, February 5, 2017
How to cope with chaos
We are both great readers, and I spend part of every morning reading about politics, especially DC. I check back in once or twice throughout the day and also watch the TV news. When Trump was first elected, I was recovering from surgery and highly medicated, thank god. I just saw it all through a haze. After spending an immense amount of time online, I have winnowed the sites down to those which are straightforward and not highly biased.
So, this is hint #1 Read from sources which are respected and follow journalistic ethics.
Examples include The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters,
Typical magazines in this house, both print and online, include The Atlantic and The New Yorker.
Here is an interesting infographic comparing political slant and news source:
I now scan my FB feed for updates on what has happened while I slept or otherwise did regular life. If I see something new (like the refusal of CNN to have kellianne on the show) I'll read it. Otherwise, no. My time is too valuable right now to feed the rage.
I am also making an effort to post both political news, personal news, and just plain goofy stuff. It is helping me contain my anger and use that anger for important work, such as letters, phone calls, and hopefully marching (without my cane!). It is essential for us to compartmentalize our response to trump. Maintaining a high level of arousal (not sex, silly, arousal is an emotional term :-) ) is dangerous to our health.
hint #3 Be aware of the daily work being done in the White House.
Use the web page but read between the lines. White House Newsroom
hint #4 Learn a little bit about each of the main players in the White House and in Congress.
For example, did you know that Bannon was once the director of the Biosphere in Oracle, AZ? Or that he had been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness? Or that he has been married and divorced three times? I could go on. Google him, it's terrifying.
hint #5 Do not let the frantic activity from the Oval Office scare you.
They are doing this to keep activists off balance and to keep our attention away from what is developing behind the curtain. Choose what you can respond to and craft your response, based on what you are learning. Do not let fear drive you.
hint #6 Align yourself to 1-2 issues and work to counter trump on these.
For example, I did 3 actions concerning Betsy DeVos (may her plagiarizing ass go away) and I am currently reading about foreign relations. From The New Yorker Feb. 3, 2017 by Terrence Szuplat:
"International affairs are not a popularity contest. But when the United States is held in high esteem an American President is in a stronger position to advance U.S. interests. Showing respect for other countries and being willing to acknowledge America’s imperfections also give a President added credibility to speak hard truths abroad. In Cairo, Obama said in his speech to the Muslim world that denying the Holocaust “is baseless, it is ignorant, and it is hateful,” and that threatening Israel or engaging in anti-Semitism only succeeds in “preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.” Speaking to the Cuban people at Havana’s Grand Theatre, he insisted that “citizens should be free to speak their mind without fear, to organize, and to criticize their government.” With the Cuban President Raúl Castro looking on from a box seat, Obama added, “Voters should be able to choose their governments in free and democratic elections.” Engaging other countries in a spirit of mutual respect was pivotal to many of Obama’s most significant foreign-policy achievements. The deal to halt Iran’s nuclear-weapons program was only possible because of intensive diplomacy with allies like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the European Union, but also with Iran, Russia, and China.
I wish you all peace and courage. Please share any strategies as you work together to protect our democracy. I will be back later this week to share a really sweet little dress I made for my grand niece.