I’m increasingly convinced that the Dems predicting Trump gets reelected are just doing so as a trauma response.
Imagining the outcome of 2020 is terrifying. But framing Trump’s victory as an inevitability is a way of letting yourself off the hook for the next 12 months. It allows you to disengage from the grueling work of helping win an election.
I get being afraid to dream of a better reality. To put stock in a candidate, only to lose. Again. But this is just about the worst time to throw our hands up.
It’s easy to be entranced by polls, and to be convinced that the 2020 outcome is a foregone conclusion. But the only way something becomes foregone is if you do absolutely nothing. And if we do nothing then yes, Trump may very well get reelected.
Being able to say “I told you so” may make you feel better in the short-term, but it’s not going to keep your family, friends and neighbors safe from authoritarian government.
Maybe it makes you feel better to not hope for something better than this, but don’t denigrate people who believe there is a way out—and who see a leader in the current field who they believe has the vision to do that.
The Dems who say “Trump’s gonna win” see themselves as impartial observers of the political process. But as a member of this society, your impartiality and subsequent inaction have a negative effect. You are compounding the problem.
You are not exempt from the political process. Your contributions make an impact. Your inaction makes an impact.
It’s time to make a decision: Will you be a victim of history, or will you help make it?
Originally posted as a Twitter thread. Re-posted with permission.
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