A lot is awry at the moment: political violence in America, white nationalists in the streets, and a general feeling of unease as 5783 kicks off with a renewed sense of dread and antisemitism. A recap of October.
I’m Pissed, and I’m Terrified: Roe, Christo-Fascism, Mass Shootings, and Rising Antisemitism
America is going off the rails: We knew this, but now we know what it feels like. So what can we do? (F-Bombs follow)
Somewhere in my drafts rest an array of blog posts on Jewish life and history: Miami and its incredible Holocaust memorial; moving back to San Francisco and joining a new community, NJB SF; the rest of my Morocco travels and the marvelous Jewish identity I explored there, plus Jewish discoveries in Paris, Barcelona, and Amsterdam, including many wondrous firsts for me.
And there those drafts sit, because each time I make progress and approach sharing those constructive forays with the world, something destructive happens and I lose focus, get discouraged, and genuinely want to curl in a ball and not read any news ever again.
So this post is about that.
First, a look at what’s been going on:
This space has largely always been for me and my mental health, so here, in no particular order, is what I believe we need to do to not lose this country to literal fascists and Nazis. I can’t not share this, it’s driving me batty that the Democratic Party isn’t more strident and proactive.
This feels more surprising in some ways, this slow-motion coup. While we focused on marriage equality and getting a woman in the white house, the right slowly took over state houses, and pushed through hundreds of judges and appointees, all hand-selected by far-right Christian nationalist organizations hell-bent on a Christian ethnostate.
We may be too far gone. My biggest fear when Biden got the nomination was that he doesn’t fucking get it; he’s too old and traditional to understand what’s really happening and at stake. And so far, I’ve been right. He won’t pack the court; his Attorney General hasn’t done shit. And donating to and voting for Democrats won’t win us back the Senate, or even the Presidency in 2024; the GOP has rigged the system at every level, the Senate has baked-in huge bias toward red states, and they are going to gerrymander, lie, and squeeze every last ounce of power from the system until it—perhaps permanently—doesn’t matter that they’re a small minority on every issue from guns to abortion. Dick Cheney talked about permanent power; they’ve nearly attained it.
I leave you with this terse takedown of Jewish erasure, an instance of Jew-haters using our own words against us; the words of Emma Lazarus, whose poem appears at the feet of the mother-fucking Statue of Liberty:
I hope I look back on this and I’m embarrassed by how alarmed it seems; I truly do. I hope things turn around, that rule of law takes over again, that Fox News and OANN and the other systems tearing our culture and truths apart are dismantled and banned.
Time will tell, but until then, I’m keeping my passport nearby and trying every day not to panic. Take care of yourselves and each other.