The daily flood of outrages, leaks, performance theater, and sheer evil emanating from the Trump White House can be so distracting that it is easy to get caught up in the news cycle and lose sight of what is important.
Let me suggest two things we keep our eyes one, two of many deserving our attention. The first is the apparent intention of the Administration to begin greatly expanded assaults on undocumented residents. Unfortunately the law is on Trump's side, but wherever and whenever we can, we need to shield those being targeted and try to create safe spaces where they can hide from the ICE [The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service.] America has a long tradition of this sort of thing, reaching back way before the internment of Japanese-Americans to the slave patrols, or "paterolers," who went into the woods after runaway slaves. There is no need to reference Nazi Germany. This is as American as apple pie, and we need to fight it.
The second thing is by-elections and off-year elections wherever they crop up. Like many of you, I have donated to the campaign of Jon Ossoff to take Georgia's Sixth House District on April 18th. There are other races coming up this year, and every one of them is vitally important. Fantasies about Trump leaving the White House are enticing, but the real struggle is to seize as much power as we can from the Republican Party. Despite regional concentration, gerrymandering, and voter suppression, there are enough of us to take back at least a part of the government, if we can just get our people to the polls.
Meanwhile, I have devoted two days to doing my taxes, and I am almost done. I am simply thrilled that my pittance will be put to such good use by the government!