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Memo to everyone: IT'S OK IF YOU DON'T FOCUS ON THE REAL FIGHT.

Since the election, my Twitter feed, which I freely admit I've been paying too much attention to, has been full of exhortations about what's really important. Don't pay attention to the Tweets, pay attention to the appointments! Don't pay attention to the appointments, pay attention to the conflicts of interest. No, pay attention to the hate and the neo-Nazis!

Here's an idea. With all due respect to the journalists, comedians, and well-meaners that keep showing up - how about paying attention to some fucking perspective?

There are, at best, two fights tops going forward. One of them is nearly impossible, and one of them is easy but will be largely ineffective. The first is stopping Donald Trump, and the second is making sure the idea that Donald Trump is insane, stupid, incompetent, and fascist-adjacent never leaves the public discourse.

When it comes to stopping Trump, there's very little anyone can do, no matter what they focus on. Trump has proven immune to public shaming and external pressure to moderate or modulate his behavior. What stands against him are the system's checks and balances on the abuse of power, which are mostly in tatters.

Congress is Republican and tribal. Don't count on flipping the 2-3 senators of good conscience required to block Trump's excesses, because odds are, there aren't that many. The courts are slow and increasingly politicized. The 2018 elections are going to be a tough slog. The Fourth Estate ain't gonna do shit, and couldn't even if they wanted to, because we're experiencing the consequences of a complete lack of objective truth in society.

And no, the Electoral College isn't gonna save us, and no, the recounts aren't gonna save us, and no, the audits aren't gonna save us. I think the latter two should happen, but again, no objective truth. Who's gonna see the results of that and actually change instead of just rejecting the results out of hand?

If you want to do something, sure, go ahead and support organizations that either support a check and balance (like the ACLU, who can start the court cases that may eventually help), or who need help to do the work if the government fucks them over (Planned Parenthood), great. That might help. But which particular instance of Trump's awfulness you focus on doesn't matter because you can't make it better.

At the same time, though, when something Donald Trump says is crazy, stupid, a lie, wrong, illegal, etc? Say so. Don't worry about being "distracted", we've already established that's bullshit. Call out the lies and the stupidity. Say that you can't revoke someone's citizenship for burning a flag even if Trump can't do it without legislation that'll never pass or survive the courts. Keep the ideas out there.

It won't help much, but it might slow down the inexorable rightward shift in the public discourse that always accompanies the reign of a new right-wing leader (and a left-wing leader, frankly). This is what "not normalizing" means. That was the idea the week after the election, but it's been abandoned by "Focus On X" for some reason. That reason being most likely being the misguided belief that something will change if we all just get behind one boulder and push. Which is not how American politics works.

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