I had originally intended to recount my experiences at the Michigan Democratic state convention in this post; an experience that was personally negative, even while positive overall for the future of the party in the state. However, now that I’ve had time to process the whole experience (with the help of Villagers here and on Twitter), my viewpoint has changed. Because I promised though, I will include an overview of the events that impacted my experience.
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:
Of course we need a fireplace for the AR CEO; a few more rocking chairs, and we’ll all fit.
As we start the migration and settling routine, which includes figuring out how things work, it’s becoming clear that we can help each other find the front door and arrange the furniture. To that end, this is a meta (and experimental) post as a means of figuring out “what’s next”.
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Reese has already committed to a Thursday post for next week (and maybe if we ask nicely, all Thursdays?) The goal for the time being should be one new diary per day; if our commenting becomes as prolific as at the other place, we can always look at scheduling more. The immediate need, however, is to get commitments and a schedule in place for the next week. Philly76 did yesterday, I am doing this for today, and I can do a Tuesday post…can anyone else volunteer?
I have been sending out kosmail to Village group members to alert them to our new home. I am about halfway through the list and will continue notifications next week. However, if you still have a foot in both places and see someone who you want to see here, please kosmail them too. I don’t think anyone will object to duplicate requests, but I don’t want our Village to shrink just because we forgot someone.
Is there anything else? If so, please include it in the comments…and as always, this is an open thread.