There’s some they-made-their-bed-let-them-lie-in-it advice circulating on Facebook from Garrison Keillor.
The text I’ve seen from his Washington Post piece is:
We liberal elitists are now completely in the clear. The government is in Republican hands. Let them deal with him. Democrats can spend four years raising heirloom tomatoes, meditating, reading Jane Austen, traveling around the country, tasting artisan beers, and let the Republicans build the wall and carry on the trade war with China and deport the undocumented and deal with opioids, and we Democrats can go for a long , brisk walk and smell the roses.
I admit that I’ve never been much of a fan of Mr. Keillor. I’m even less of one now.
While Mr. Keillor has the luxury to travel back to his own version of Lake Wobegone, the entire planet and everyone on it will be put at actual existential risk, especially if you’re Muslim, LGBTQ, poor, a person of color, or some combination of these.
Keillor’s shtick always struck me as too much of an aw-shucks-why-can’t-America-be-Mayberry view of the world.
Given that, it’s no surprise to me that now his advice is for liberals to make plans to travel the country tasting artisan beers and raising heirloom tomatoes back home.
Sounds like advice Nero would like.
My advice is for liberals to spend the next 4 years demanding that our elected officials do everything possible to obstruct and reverse everything and anything Trump and the Republicans try to do.
How can I say that?
Because there is no middle ground with bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny, and that is what Trump represents. It’s also what Republicans have always been about during my lifetime, too.
Washing my hands of it to take brisk walks and smell the roses is the epitome of liberal cowardice and privilege.
Keillor may have done this tongue-in-cheek, but somehow I don’t think so.
Either way, we liberals – especially my fellow white liberals of some privilege – should be unified in sending a completely opposite message to all of our elected representatives; from our local school boards, town councils, and city leaders, to county, state, and federal officials.
That message is we’re not surrendering anything to you. We’re coming, and we are not here to compromise.