Stop Navel Gazing
A troubling trend is taking root among the Anti-Trump coalition. It comes in various forms with different names. I call it slacktivism or navel gazing. We’re all guilty at times, but I want to shame the world into stopping.
Yesterday, I participated in one of many recent local actions against Senator Jeff Flake. A large, diverse group of people gathered together for one simple cause: Unseating a pro-Trump Republican in 2018. No one was arguing about the primary, the DNC chair or Trump-Russia ties.
After I came home and posted to the blog, I got sucked into the internet. What did I find? Senseless, useless online arguments among the anti-Trump Left. It’s depressing, disheartening and demoralizing.
Please stop. While the “children” of this movement are busy firing shots in the liberal circular firing squad, the “adults” are protesting, calling and writing their elected officials, volunteering with local progressive non-profits, organizing and working.
Any argument of any kind between anyone opposing Trump is destructive. We’re fighting a serious battle for civil liberties, economic justice, human rights and a free and fair democracy. And we’re fighting from behind, i.e. we’re not in a position to propose any policies anyway. Anyone who is not engaged in that battle must be summarily ignored and forgotten, because they’re damaging the coalition and doing far more harm than good.
Thoughts? Share them in the comments.