People, it's time for an intervention. Grim told me this weekend that "naming the fear is the key thing," but I wonder if events are already moving past that. Today's political activists will need to multi-task. Some say Democrats can't beat Trump if divided but you also can't unify around nothing. I'd say it's past time for a double-edged sword of resistance to pressure Pelosi and other Democrats to be bold while not losing focus on the greater evils of Trumpism. The most cowardly Democrats should not just be mildly cajoled but protested and challenged in primaries if they're not up to the challenge of the 21st century and its new forms of fascism. The party will need to figure out how to move forward while growing a new spine, or America will collapse in a quivering heap.
Fear can be contagious, and I can see it spreading among the Democratic movement -- fear of impeaching an unlawful president, fear of bold maneuvers even to stop a "Never Again"-level human-rights catastrophe, fear that America isn't ready to elect a woman presiden t. Enough! No one yet knows the exact recipe for ending Trump's presidency, but I can tell the one formula that is absolutely guaranteed to fail fear itself.
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Will Bunch is author of the new "Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future", published by Free Press, which examines the calculated effort by the modern right wing to canonize the 40th president, (more...)