Okay, so I give some money to this or that organization, I sign a raft of on-line petitions [sometimes twice -- does anybody check?], I go to a Moral Monday meeting, I write for my blog -- all of this eases the pain a bit, at least while I am doing it, but who are we kidding, right? What really needs to be done?
I think the answer is pretty simple. The problem is that I can't do it, and neither can you. What we need is someone capable of raising large amounts of money [fifty, sixty, a hundred million], using it to pay full-time staff, crafting a fifty state, 435 Congressional District, state rep and state senator plan, recruiting good progressive candidates at every level, and then running this whole operation for years on end.
There is in fact someone who can do this. It isn't Bernie, God love him, it isn't Elizabeth Warren, God love her, it is Barack Hussein Obama. For good and sufficient reasons Obama can't do this until after January 20, 2017, and also until he has taken his wife on a vacation, as he keeps reminding us, but then ...
Will he do it? I honestly haven't a clue. I have never exchanged a word with the man. But when he sees Trump dismantling his legacy, he just might.
If he does not step up, Bernie and Warren and some other good people will try, and I will be right there giving them my little bits of money and cheering them on, but I genuinely doubt either of them is motivated to undertake such an effort or really equipped to carry it through.
I shall be waiting and watching.