This may be misplaced optimism, but I am feeling it in my gut, and I’m going to express it. I’ve been a fool before in trying to read politics and social trends, so if I end up being wrong, welp… it is what it is.
That caveat stated, methinks some chickens may be coming home to roost for the right wing neofascists in both Israel and the U.S.
Let’s start with Israel. Much to my surprise, the two leading centrist parties,
led by former army chief of staff, Benny Gantz, and former TV news journalist, Yair Lapid, have agreed to form a joint bloc in the upcoming, April 9 Israeli election. The two men have agreed to rotate as prime minister, with Gantz taking the first 2 years, and Lapid the second 2 years, should they win the election. This is a massive blow to Netanyahu’s plans for setting up this election in such a way that he is almost guaranteed to win.
Meanwhile, any day now we’re likely to hear the decision of Israel’s Attorney General on whether or not to indict Netanyahu on bribery charges.
Now it’s not like a Gantz/Lapid led government would suddenly shift Israel hard to the left, but it would topple the corrupt, arrogant, and toxic order that Netanyahu and his acolytes have created in Israel for a decade now.
Happened to be visiting Eugene, Oregon today, and participated in one of hundreds of protests against Trump’s declaration of a national emergency – an illegal and unconstitutional abuse of power that is grounded in a racist and un-factual set of beliefs. This is a serious constitutional crisis. I hope impeachment proceedings begin – and I hope the Mueller investigation exposes the collusion and betrayal at the heart of this administration.
It’s vital to keep the phones ringing off the hook in DC. If you’re seeing this, please call (202) 224-3121 and you’ll be able to get directed to the offices of your Senators and your House rep. It’s a chance to demand that Congress act to nullify the declaration of emergency, and to holler and shout about this outrageous abuse of power.
It’s been 12 years since my wife and I adopted two kids who had been in the state foster care system – a sibling pair, then aged 5 and 7, who we were told had gone though a lot. Now, our daughter, 19, has a baby of her own, and our son, 17, is beginning to gain mastery over some social challenges.
There’s a lot to celebrate, and a lot to recognize as the good fortune of different kinds of cosmic accident and cultural privilege. There’s also lots to worry about. I don’t want to violate our kids’ privacy, so I have to be vague. They’re both amazing, resilient people who have a shot at good lives as adults, and I can’t say whether or not I would be in as good a shape as they both are had I gone through the things they went through as small children, and even throughout their growing-up years with us.
So yes, there’s a lot to be thankful for and to celebrate. And there’s a lot of grief, and fear, and sadness. Some of it is the state of our country. Living in the fog of Trump is so toxic that it leaves me feeling nothing but despair and sadness, not just because of him and his corrupt and entitled entourage, but because something close to half the citizens of this country want what he wants. It’s bumping up against that reality that leaves me feeling despondent and helpless. And seeing this rightwing neo-fascist nationalistic garbage ascendant in so many countries has got me feeling sad and hopeless.
I want to make a difference, but often I don’t know how. And it gets me terribly, terribly down.
I fear my neighbors, many of my relatives, and entire subcultures of the country.