Hello, Friends. How are you doing? I woke up so angry again today. Every once in awhile I realize how many people are still supporting Trump and I’m furious.
Brené Brown shared this quote the other day:
“Historians have a word for Germans who joined the Nazi party, not because they hated Jews, but out of a hope for restored patriotism, or a sense of economic anxiety, or a hope to preserve their religious values, or dislike of their opponents, or raw political opportunism, or convenience, or ignorance, or greed.
That word is “Nazi.” Nobody cares about their motives any more.
They joined what they joined. They lent their support and their moral approval. And, in so doing, they bound themselves to everything that came after. Who cares any more what particular knot they used in the binding?”
— Andrew R. Moxon
I realize that Trump supporters don’t see themselves in this quote. They don’t see themselves as being anything like Nazis. What they don’t seem to have realized is that the term “Trump Supporter” now carries its own negativity, oppression, and evil, just as the term “Nazi” does. You’re a Trump Supporter and you don’t think the term Nazi applies to you? Okay. You should know the term “Trump Supporter” is just as bad.
You watch: Every Trump Supporter you know in real life will one day deny they were ever cheering for Trump. They will try to hide it. They will pretend it never happened. (Of course, it’s different now than the 1940s, and much harder to hide — the internet remembers everything.) If you’re a Trump Supporter and still reading here, you should know I don’t make content for you.
On a separate but related note: I find I have two brains these days — the house renovation brain and the election brain. (The photo at top is the new doorway making a suite between the bedroom and bathroom.)
I’m finding it really hard to make time and energy for other creativity and problem-solving (like writing) beyond those two brain categories. I have a dozen blog post drafts waiting to be finished up, and a newsletter to send out, and every time I sit down to finish things up and hit publish, my brain starts moving like molasses. Anyone else?
Now to the link list. Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:
–“We need to take away children,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions told prosecutors. This will make your blood boil.
-Have you ever taken the U.S. dialect quiz? It could totally tell I grew up in Utah.
-Republicans couldn’t tell the truth about Trump anymore, even if they wanted to.
-This looks cool. H&M has a machine that knits shoppers’ old sweaters into new ones on the spot.
-“A decade from know we will understand this pandemic as a moment of staggering regression for gender equality.”
-Ben Blair and I binge-watched Ted Lasso this week (thank you Laura Mayes for the recommendation) and it’s the BEST. It makes you feel so good.
-Colin Kaepernick is publishing a set of Medium essays from folks like Angela Davis, and Kimberle Crenshaw, called “Abolition For The People: The Movement For A Future Without Policing and Prisons.” There will eventually be 30+ essays in total.
-I just found out that Barbie (yes Barbie!) has a really good youtube channel where she “vlogs” about important topics. A great resource for kids. Here’s a vlog where she discusses racism.
–This part is hard. You’re doing a great job.
-Oscar suggested that instead of pjs this year, we should all get raincoats from Uniqlo — on sale now. (I’ve had mine in navy since 2017 and I love it so much.)
-My God + Guns + Protecting Your Family thread is now an essay on Medium. New and improved! There’s even a new conversation with God about wearing masks.
Here are some tweets I saved for you:
-Did you watch the VP debate?
–Domestic terrorism by white supremacists is the thing making me the most angry today.
-White women, we can do better.
-She is so dang good at this.
-Conservatives talking about a “strong economy” drive my batty.
-I guess we must conclude that men are too emotional and uneducated to vote.
–This tweet and the responses made me laugh so hard. It’s a been a long time since I lived in New York and had to deal with a A/C window unit, but I’m still traumatized.
–Yep. I feel seen.
I hope you have a good weekend. I hope you stay healthy. I’ll meet you back here next week. I miss you already.