Mon Mar 20, 2017, 02:49 PM
sheshe2 (40,298 posts)
Why The Anti-Trump Progressive Mobilization Could Mark A Major Inflection Point In American Politica
Why The Anti-Trump Progressive Mobilization Could Mark A Major Inflection Point In American Political History
It is entirely possible that Donald Trump’s election may indeed mark a significant inflection point in American political history – but not because it spawns a rebirth of white supremacy or the authoritarian right; quite the contrary.
I have been involved in progressive political organizing for 50 years – beginning in the late 1960s. There was an enormous amount of progressive energy, enthusiasm and passion generated during the Civil Rights movement and the mobilizations aimed at stopping the Viet Nam War. But the level of progressive mobilization generated by Donald Trump’s victory surpasses the 1960s and ‘70s or any other time in the last half-century.
Millions of ordinary Americans – many of whom have never been engaged in political activity of any kind – have joined the “resistance.” They have begun to attend town hall meetings, or participated in the amazing Women’s March following the Trump Inauguration, or they were part of the explosive response to Trump’s immigration policies and his refugee ban.
Inspiration and hope are the catalysts that light the fire. Inspiration requires that someone believe that they are part of something larger than themselves – but that they themselves can play a personal, instrumental role in achieving the larger goal. We must remember that in fighting against the forces of darkness, we must always offer the sure belief that a bright, exciting future is possible – that it is sometimes darkest right before the dawn.
Dr. King was right, the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice. But it is our hands that will make it so.
Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-the-anti-trump-progressive-mobilization-could-mark_us_58cf9395e4b07112b6472f6e?
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