Portland Mamas R Us

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My followers on Twitter today were in meltdown mode—and no wonder. Trump’s acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf has said the administration will not stop with Portland. They intend to go to Chicago, Philadelphia, and other cities ruled by “liberal democrats.” (What are they after? See my post from yesterday.)

We also learned that Trump is consulting John Yoo, the former government lawyer who wrote the legal justification for waterboarding. The Trump administration is seeking advice on how to skirt the constitution and rule by decree.

Some of my followers were persuaded that we will soon be living in a dictatorship. One thought we already are a dictatorship. I gave a stern pep talk. You can read it here. A second one is here. (I added this pep talk when people thought “don’t panic” meant “don’t worry.” A follower told me that in this particular pep talk, I was describing a real thing called “catastrophizing.”)

Then came the Portland mamas, to renew our confidence in the tenacity of the human spirit.

Today was day #53 of the Portland protests. It was day #3 for the Portland moms.

. Here they are, arriving:

You can see they’re wearing bicycle helmets and masks. Here they are singing “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

It’s nonviolent protest in action. (I’m not crying. You’re crying.)

The danger with protests is that bad actors will infiltrate and turn them violent. These moms know how to make sure that won’t happen.

Moms showing up, joining hands, and singing makes it very difficult for Trump to spin the narrative that the feds have to crack down on those evil violent protesters in cities run by Democrats.

Moms in Philadelphia (another city Trump is threatening) are also organizing.

Each night, when the feds continue making trouble, the moms come back in larger numbers. I’ll confess that my initial reaction to the protests was a wish that everyone would go home and let Trump’s thugs punch air. But then Trump can claim victory.

This is so much better.

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Teri has written novels, short stories, nonfiction for both young readers and adults, and lots of legal briefs. She is currently working on a book on disinformation to be published by Macmillan Publishers. Her political commentary has appeared on the NBC Think Blog and CNN.com. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Slate Magazine, and Scope Magazine. Her short fiction has appeared in the American Literary View, The Iowa Review, and others. For twelve years she maintained a private appellate law practice limited to representing indigents on appeal from adverse rulings. She believes with the ACLU that when the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled. She also believe with John Updike that the purpose of literature is to expand our sympathies. Teri lives with her family on the beautiful central coast in California.

1 Comment

  1. What i want to have explained (?) is why these unidentified … lets call them rioters since they’re attacking people … are not being arrested. Even if they’re thugs from our (?) Federal Government (?), it seems like they could be kicked out of the city and/or state?
    If there’s not currently a local/state law to do that, it would only take minutes to enact if local and state government can do more than hold meetings.

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