I’m definitely in the denial stage of election grief. In fact, I think I’m going to do something radical and not read any news from Thursday-Sunday. All the legislative offices will be closed, anyway, so I won’t be able to call anyone or try to change anything anyway. My brain could use the break. So, here’s one last roundup before Thanksgiving, and may we all enjoy a respite for the holiday.
- I don’t remember enough of my US Presidents 1870-1917 class to say this totally definitively (I remember the phrase “robber barons” being thrown around a lot), but it’s pretty safe to say we’re about to experience the most corrupt US presidency ever. This piece by Newsweek on the Trump Organization’s conflicts of interest with US foreign policy is ONLY SCRATCHING THE SURFACE. The Trump family is going to be using the US presidency to line their pockets. And we’re already seeing it happen, like Ivanka sitting in on meetings with Japanese leaders, Ivanka sitting in on calls with Argentine leaders, and foreign diplomats scrambling to spend money at the new Trump hotel in DC which opened just in time for him to take office. Maybe Trump’s secret plan to defeat ISIS involves losing our main ally in the region, Turkey, because Trump’s business partner is at odds with Turkey’s president?
- As if to underscore the above, Trump took time out of his work on the transition to meet with Indian business partners. Ever and always putting his own interests above those of the nation. He’s not even trying to separate his business interests from his work as the US President.
- Oh, and in more corruption: he’s using his newfound status to try to fight a windfarm he thinks would ruin his Scottish golf course’s views. It’s almost like he ran for president just to advance his own business interests and the interests of racists.
- Racists like our potential future Attorney General Jeff Sessions!
- I lost a lot of respect for John McCain when he chose Sarah Palin as his VP (and think you can draw a direct line from Palin to Trump, historically), but I’m gaining some of it back watching him stand against torture and war crimes. I hope he keeps it up.
- My former Senator when I lived in SC, Lindsay Graham, wants an investigation into Russian interference with our election. It would be really great if you called your Senator and told him or her that you support an investigation.
- This post-election piece by Dave Eggers, a writer I love, didn’t make me feel better, but it did make me feel less alone.
- Want to know what the Standing Rock anti-DAPL protest is all about? Here’s a handy explainer.
- Want to know more about the white nationalist movement now that Trump has made one of its leaders his right-hand strategist? There’s an explainer for that too. In case you weren’t sure, it’s based on racism:
White nationalism, he said, is the belief that national identity should be built around white ethnicity, and that white people should therefore maintain both a demographic majority and dominance of the nation’s culture and public life.
- And here’s a good piece to read just in case someone is going to want to talk liberal vs. conservative economics with you over turkey. Robert Reich wants to know why the conservative argument that economic growth depends on low regulation, low taxes, and low wages doesn’t pan out when you look at the states. California, Washington, and Oregon have some of the highest taxes, highest regulations, and highest wages, and have booming economies. Kansas and Texas, where the GOP has been free to follow their economic philosophies, isn’t doing nearly as well. It’s almost as if facts are liberal, folks!
Ready for your happies? Here you go:
- Epic list of holiday cocktails by style. Now I suddenly want to order douglas fir liqueur.
- I’m also thinking of saving up some apple peels to make this infused bourbon.
- And for the non-drinkers, here’s a great source of mocktail ideas.
- A lovely piece to read before Thanksgiving: How to Sit at the Table with Those who Hurt and Offend You. (I almost want to add a disclaimer, though: if someone you are expected to sit at a table with fundamentally rejects a key part of who you are to the point of hostility, like say your sexual orientation or religious faith, you are not REQUIRED to do this. Sometimes you must protect the integrity of your precious soul more than you must compromise.)
- Maybe if we all wear turkey hats at Thanksgiving, we’ll look so silly it will be impossible to get too serious about politics at the table. Here’s a cute free printable.
I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving. I leave you with a prayer the girls learned while studying the Ojibwe tribe in school: “Grandfather, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation, only the human family has strayed from the Sacred Way. We know that we are the ones…who divided…and we are the ones…who must come back together…to walk in the Sacred Way. Grandfather, Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, honor, that we may heal the earth and heal each other.”