“January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.” – President Trump
He might not have meant it the way I’ll interpret it, but he said it, and it is true.
From this day forward, it is up to us, the people of the United States of America, to keep the ship afloat. We are in charge, and we can and should be held accountable.
No longer can We The People adopt the mentality of an ostrich with their head in the sand. Contested issues that we care about, unjust and unfair practices or actions, no longer can you ReTweet, Share, or Snap views that align with your own through the social media networks to make yourself feel good about “making a difference”.
You will need to do something. An actual thing.
And that might be hard. You might have to listen to an opposing viewpoint, and despite your best intentions and attempts, you might not be able to sway the opposing party.
It will give you a chance to become better. Fortify your information. Learn everything you can, have information, REAL information to better your argument and influence. Learn to talk, understand, debate, but more importantly, win.
You’re going to have to listen to ideas you don’t like, because surprise surprise, not everyone might agree that you should drink milk straight from the udder, or that everyone needs to trade in their cars for horse drawn carriages (or they’re just absolute maniacs who are terrible human beings, which is an entirely different problem). This is America, and the same rights that protect one party, protect the other. Deal with it, and become better, and stronger. Fight harder than the other side, but more importantly, fight fucking smarter.
Support your local movements, the marches, the meetings, the protests, all actions. But understand that the best, the absolute best way to win this, to succeed, is to attack from the inside.
How many kids do you know these days that grow up saying, “I want to be a politician someday.” Probably less than the ones that say they want to be “social media influencers”. The only way to beat this game, is to first learn the rules of the game, then bend them as far as they will fucking go, then go ahead and break them for good measure, because you’re going to write some new ones.
Teach your kids, your students, the young people in your life, to give a shit about politics. Not just every four years. Change happens slow, and it needs to be a set deliberate actions and choices, with calculated steps and maneuvers to achieve a goal. Pissed off the election didn’t go your way?
Bet you care a little more about politics now, don’t you? Paid attention to the coverage? I did. Did I care before? Not enough. I am as guilty as anyone else. But now that we’ve seen what can happen when the system is thrown into absolute turmoil, NOW is the time to initiate choice and action to become better than we were yesterday.
Do we need a nation of politicians? Holy hell no. But we need a nation of informed, tactical young people who are willing to go the extra mile for their cause, because they care about it. Not because that is what their friends think, or because that is what they see within their safe-but-comfortable social media bubble, but because that is what they think and believe in, even after they have been exposed to conflicting ideas.
Learn to step out of your comfort zone, to look at things from your opponent’s viewpoint, because that is how you win. If you can’t begin to predict what the other side might do, you are going to lose the game every time. It might be uncomfortable, it might be hard to hear, but use it. Use every bit of it to make yourself stronger. Find a way to beat their argument and tactics, from the inside.
Brute force only gets you so far. And even then, you’re becoming the bully you wish to overthrow. Work smart, and before they have a chance to realize your intentions, they’re fucked. “But what about peace, love, hugs, and hope? This sounds so mean!” Listen, we didn’t write the rules of the game, they’ve already been laid out. If we want change, we need to get involved. There is a team that is playing by the weird, screwed up rules that already exist, and that is where the game is played.
So get involved, speak up, but above all else, bury yourself in knowledge, pass it on to others, and encourage others to do the same. Bring any youth in your life into that world, do your best to teach them that it matters. We The People have a voice, but we’ve learned that voice isn’t always as loud as we need it to be. The best fix is to put some amplifiers in the system.
So get to work.