It Takes a Village: Tuesdays with Motley

Good morning, Meese!  I’m starting to feel more comfortable with this platform, so with a little luck, we’ll have a post that is less bare-boned and more detailed than my first attempt.

I’m full-on, foaming at the mouth “irked” as I write this.  Start with this: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/how-to-beat-trump/515736/  The Very Serious David Frum decided that us liberals need instructions on how to protest properly, so that we “scare” Trump. The premise is weak in and of itself if 45s Twitter feed is any indication; I think we’ve scared him already.  But this was the paragraph which raised my ire:

Don’t get sucked into the futile squabbling cul-de-sac of intersectionality and grievance politics. Look at this roster of speakers from the January 21 march. What is Angela Davis doing there? Where are the military women, the women police officers, the officeholders? If Planned Parenthood is on the stage, pro-life women should stand there, too. If you want somebody to speak for immigrants, invite somebody who’s in the country lawfully.

I read this and heard the white male condescension loud and clear. I heard the dismissal of women, particularly women of color. (You know, the women who are the base of our party.) I heard the assumption that patriotism is the sole purview of the Right. I heard the call for the Left to play by rules made by male Republicans who know better by virtue of being…male Republicans. He apparently wrote this without any sense of irony; without any sense that what he is calling for is exactly what we are protesting against. Mr. Frum, I have a suggestion for you: less writing, more listening. That’s the polite version; I’m sure you all know what I’m actually thinking.

Oh, and by the way, here’s what Mr. Frum thought we shouldn’t hear:

And now for some bonus tweets:

And saving the best for last:

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  56 comments for “It Takes a Village: Tuesdays with Motley

  1. DoReMI
    February 7, 2017 at 9:10 am

    My apologies for the late publishing time. I thought I had scheduled it correctly, but I did something wrong. I’ll figure it out for next time.

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    • Philly76
      February 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Can Pencil me in for 2/13/17 edition if no takers.

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      • bfitzinAR
        February 7, 2017 at 7:40 pm

        {{{Philly}}} – Looks like Mondays are your baby as long as you want it. :)

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  2. DoReMI
    February 7, 2017 at 9:14 am

    And for those who might be hearing-impaired or otherwise unable to listen to Ms. Davis’ speech at the DC Women’s March, a transcript can be found here: https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/27/angela_davis_on_resisting_trump_we

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  3. reesetheone
    February 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Morning! Your post is just fine! Thanks!

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  4. inkaudlay
    February 7, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Well done! Thanks much, DoReMi!

    Just realized I’d been spelling your name wrong all this time (DoReMe). sheech….

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    • DoReMI
      February 7, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Not to worry, I “misspelled” it intentionally to give a clear indication of where I live. Before November, it was with pride; now it’s with full acknowledgement of the work we have to do here to reclaim our place in the Blue firmament.

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  5. Philly76
    February 7, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Good Morning, great job on the post.

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  6. bfitzinAR
    February 7, 2017 at 9:53 am

    {{{DoReMI}}} – glad I checked back before heading to a meeting. It’s a good post. But then, they always are. :) (As to Frum, what do you expect from a WUCM talking head?) So good to see Hillary is still out there doing good, working to make things better, even though she doesn’t have the powerful platform she should have. (That glass ceiling now has over 65 million cracks in it!)

    Anybody in the Raleigh, NC area, remember the Moral Mondays Movement March is Saturday.
    WHEN: February 11, 2017 at 8:30am – 12pm
    WHERE to meet: Shaw University 118 E South St Raleigh, NC 27298

    Back when I can. {{{Village Peeps}}}

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    • DoReMI
      February 7, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Not unexpected from Frum, but I was undone by his call for a “fair and balanced” approach. Does he even live in the real world, where we hear from the documented, the “pro-life”, the military and paramilitary on a daily basis? He’s basically describing the white-dominated patriarchy as if it’s the marginalized and voiceless. I’m disgusted by the utter cluelessness and the inability to listen, and singling out Angela Davis angered me. I have little doubt that he knows nothing about her since her Panther days and has probably fully bought the white myth about the scary Black Panther Party. And if I’m wrong and he does know something about Ms. Davis since the 1970s, he’d also know that she strongly criticized both Bernie and Hillary and views herself as an independent voter. She was talking about systemic issues, and he attempted to dumb them/her down to a single derisive, snarky exclamation. /end rant

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      • bfitzinAR
        February 7, 2017 at 10:40 am

        Frum lives in the White Male Upper Class Talking Head bubble. He’s paid quite well to live there. Think of the national media as an Improv acting class where the actors have been given their “theme” and then turned loose. They write their own scripts as it were, but the story line is part of the assignment.

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  7. basket
    February 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Good morning and thanks DoReMI for the gathering place by the Moose Pond! I haz a shiny new account! :D

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    • DoReMI
      February 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      So happy to see you here! We’re quickly reaching the critical density we need to keep our conversations going. And I’m probably going to avoid the Orange tonight. I think the Cruz-Sanders debate this evening will make it an uncomfortable place to be. I’d like to be less cynical, but I’m hard-pressed to believe Sanders will provide a full-throated defense of the ACA. If he does, I’ll be gratified. If he doesn’t, I’ll be pissed, and we all know disagreeing with Sanders does not go over well there.

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      • bfitzinAR
        February 7, 2017 at 1:18 pm

        Wise choice. I’ll probably drop over there long enough to hang the community lynx comments and say “Hai” and then either beat it back here or go offline altogether. (Need to do my state taxes and balance my checkbook – but I’ll probably check in here some anyway.)

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      • Lisa
        February 8, 2017 at 3:01 am

        Sanders is, as always, all about sanders. I have no desire to watch one know-nothing debate another.

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        • inkaudlay
          February 8, 2017 at 4:30 am

          Yep!

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    • inkaudlay
      February 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Hi basket! Great to see you here.

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    • bfitzinAR
      February 7, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      {{{basket}}} – wonderful. definitely enjoy your shiny new account here at the Village by the Moose Pond. So very glad to see you here. moar {{{HUGS}}}

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    • February 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Great job, DoReMI!

      Elsewhere someone did a diary about the Frum dump. He is such a Rethug. I am not going to listen to him.

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    • February 7, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Oh, hai, Basket! Your nice basket lined with a warm fuzzy blanket is over there by the woodstove.

      Welcome to the village in Moosylvania!

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    • MomentaryGrace
      February 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Hai basket!!
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  8. inkaudlay
    February 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for posting the tweet from the ACLU: “8 measures to restrict protesters’ rights have been introduced in state legislatures. If any of them are signed into law, we’ll sue.”

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    • DoReMI
      February 7, 2017 at 10:46 am

      I still haven’t set up a monthly donation with them, even though my donations have been de facto monthly. But I’m probably going to rethink my approach since rage-giving isn’t reliable (or shouldn’t be, but with this administration, who knows).

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      • shenagig
        February 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

        Thanks DoReMI…I set up a monthly donation to the ACLU right after the GE because I knew that the courts would be key to hold trump in check at least a little…I also give monthly to PP and Emily’s list…I am thinking about doing the same for the Southern Poverty Law Center but haven’t yet…and thanks much for the Hillary video…I surely miss her and when I think what we could be doing instead of marching in the street, it really pisses me off…#I’mStillWithHer

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  9. YellowDoginGA
    February 7, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for the post, DoReMI! The video won’t play for me. Got any ideas what I should google to find it on YouTube?

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    • DoReMI
      February 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Angela Davis youtube Women’s March should bring it up.

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  10. princesspat
    February 7, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Good morning…..thanks for bringing The Village to the Moose. I look forward to reading, learning, and engaging in the conversation.

    An encouraging article……..

    Librarians take up arms against fake news

    Janelle Hagen is a school librarian whose job goes far beyond checking out books. She and many other librarians are equipping students to fight through lies, distortion and trickery to find their way to truth.

    Helping students become smarter evaluators of the information that floods into their lives has become increasingly necessary in an era in which fake news is a constant.

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    • inkaudlay
      February 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Welcome, princesspat!

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    • DoReMI
      February 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      I’m old enough to remember when librarians earned a MLS; now it’s an MLIS. I’m heartened to see the “I” is being taken seriously.

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      • inkaudlay
        February 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm

        My wife, Terri, has an MLIS degree, and yep they do take it seriously!

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      • kathy from pa
        February 7, 2017 at 4:07 pm

        Mine was an M.S.L.S. from UNC Chapel Hill

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        • inkaudlay
          February 7, 2017 at 6:38 pm

          Woot!

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    • shenagig
      February 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Wow that’s great to see…

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    • MomentaryGrace
      February 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Love this. I spent 10 years working in the Houston Public Library system. One of the highest stress jobs that everyone thinks is low stress. In my experience, most librarians do care about what they do – getting information out to people who want it, and need it.

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  11. reesetheone
    February 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    A word about the vote that happened and going forward: throw the bums out in 18.

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    • DoReMI
      February 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Flake AZ
      Wicker MS
      Fischer NE
      Heller NV
      Corker TN
      Cruz TX
      Hatch UT
      Barasso WY

      Those are the names. Remember and support D opponents.

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      • bfitzinAR
        February 7, 2017 at 3:06 pm

        What are the chances? AR doesn’t have a senatorial race until 2020 – when we will find out if AR is as Christo-fascist as I think it is – Tom Cotton will be up for re-election. But getting back the Senate – and the House – in 2018 would sure be nice. We could start damage control that much sooner.

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      • MomentaryGrace
        February 7, 2017 at 3:14 pm

        I wish there were a hope of prying Ted Cruz’s claws off his senate seat short of finding and publishing clear and unmistakable pictures of him in flagrati delicto with a goat or other farm animal.

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        • bfitzinAR
          February 7, 2017 at 3:58 pm

          Goat – it won’t phase anybody if it’s a cow.

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      • Philly76
        February 7, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        I think Flake and Heller are decent bets, the others too Red.

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  12. MomentaryGrace
    February 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Great post, DoReMI. White boy better back down off of Angela Davis. “Patriotism” is by many treated as synonymous with nationalism, and in many places it might be. In this country, however, patriotism should and must be celebrating, supporting and defending those rights which we hold inalienable, and which we have tried to perfect as best we have been able moving forward. You can’t defend America’s freedom by seeking to narrow or limit it, rather it must be deepened and widened. The cracks in its foundations must be filled with specificity and care.

    Loved the best for last. #StillWithHer She’s still my champion. Oh no they can’t take that away from me.

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    • basket
      February 7, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    • shenagig
      February 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      very well said…”“Patriotism” is by many treated as synonymous with nationalism, and in many places it might be.”…this is so true and why “patriotism” creeps me out most of the time…and yes She’s still my champion…

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    • bfitzinAR
      February 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Yup – #StillWithHer – always was, always will be.

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  13. kathy from pa
    February 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Hi everyone, this is off topic but I had my 7 year old cat put to sleep this morning so I am only checking in. I will write a diary about her when I’m up to it

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    • bfitzinAR
      February 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      {{{kathy from pa}}} – Healing Energy to you. And please know that she is still around and will be until the raw edges of your grief start to smooth over. If you think you see or hear or feel her, you do. Love does not die and she will try to comfort you during the first stages of sorrow. Please let her. Moar {{{HUGS}}} and Healing Energy.

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    • inkaudlay
      February 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Oh man, I’m so sorry. I’m positive that you’re receiving a loving, heart felt group hug from us right now.

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    • Mvgal92691
      February 7, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      My thoughts and prayers go with you on the loss of your furbaby.

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  14. FreeBeer
    February 7, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Good evening. I saw that Frum article earlier but didn’t click, and I’m glad to get the gist of it second hand. It’s better for my temper. Thanks

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  15. Mvgal92691
    February 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Good afternoon fellow Mooses! It’s 65 degrees and cloudy here in Costa Mesa, CA. Lovely article DoReMi. Always glad to see and hear about Hillary. #Alwayswithher.

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  16. bfitzinAR
    February 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I’m just dropping by for a minute. Need to get my state income taxes done. If they go relatively smoothly, I’ll be back. Otherwise, I’ll see you in the morning. {{{HUGS}}}

    (FYI – JanF’s got the link to the Circuit Court in the Welcoming Post.)

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  17. reesetheone
    February 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Quick check in…. expect more days like these, but at least the base is engaged and hungry.

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    • DoReMI
      February 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      I keep thinking about bfitz’s Pearl Harbor analogy. We’re going to have lots of immediate losses, but I believe we’ll gear up and liberals will be the arsenal of democracy.

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      • bfitzinAR
        February 7, 2017 at 9:16 pm

        Pearl, Guam, Wake, Philippines, Singapore… – on December 10th there was not an active Allied capital ship in the entire Pacific basin, they’d all been sunk or so damaged they couldn’t fight. By May of 1942 at Coral Sea our carrier fleet managed to hold the Japanese to a draw. In June of 1942 the Battle of Midway turned the tide. It was a long, hard, deadly slog to get back all the territory the Japanese took in those first several weeks of WWII – but we did turn the tide and start winning our way back in 7 months.

        But oh, how hard, how frightening those first days and weeks. We didn’t know we could do it. But we knew we’d damn-well have to try because the alternative was just not bearable. Day by day. Doing what there was at hand to do. Living with the fear but doing our duty. Together.

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        • DoReMI
          February 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm

          Thanks for this, bfitz. I’ve been using your analogy frequently and to good effect. I know some people are wondering which island we’re jumping to next; I contend we’re still at the point of pulling survivors out of the water with fighters still buzzing us. We’ll have a few Doolittle raids here and there, but I firmly believe our first “island” must be 2018.

          This is all about the long game.

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  18. reesetheone
    February 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm

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