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Resisting the resistance

Posted in Life & Love

How exactly did I find myself, on a chilly Tuesday night, inside a would be Italian restaurant listening to a bunch of people talk about congressmen I had never heard of before and candidates to the school board I didn’t even know existed?

Apparently I have joined the resistance, that’s why.

Resistance is a word much bandied about these days, in particular by the millions who found themselves on the losing side at the last elections and who are trying to find creative ways to fight the Trump administration’s agenda tooth and nail.

This resistance business is taking its toll, though. My inbox is deluged with emails detailing phone calls I need to make or conference calls to participate in; my FB page alerts me to marches and protests; a girlfriend sent me a list of apps that prompt you to take different civic steps every day; I am at the receiving ends of white papers/reports/ exposes and whatever else is supposed to catch my attention and make me outraged.

I wake up in the morning wondering if life has gone back to normal yet. The answer is always no. “This resistance is a full-time job” a friend lamented recently. It’s a miracle we are getting any work done, between emails sent and received, congressmen and senators on speed dial and rallies to confirm. I am exhausted. And it’s only 30 days into this Presidency.

I am also having a problem with the word resistance. Politically, it conjures the underground movements working to undermine the Nazis in WWII Europe. Is the threat we are facing now of the same magnitude? Personally, it brings up my own resistance: to situations, people, opportunities – the one I have spent a lifetime tearing down.

I like resilience, or rebound better. They convey less negativity, a suppleness to work through problems, an optimism that is hard to find at the moment. Even conversations with perfect strangers always end up clouded by current events. A patient, watching CNN, today bemoaned that he didn’t understand what was happening, how had everything become so complicated?

How indeed. I feel compelled to apologize to my Latino friends and employees, those I know are here illegally, for the fear they are experiencing. I tell them not to open the door if strangers come knocking. Who would have thought it? Who would have thought I would feel the need to express my displeasure to my bank teller about headquarters’ support and investment in the Dakota pipeline? Who would have thought I would need to worry about my growing old and the cost of health insurance?

It’s now clear I cannot single-handedly, nor with the help of like-minded friends, tilt the world back to where I would like it to be. It is going to take some fighting, a lot of patience and a reserve of outrage. What I can do, though, is go about my business living and mirroring the world the way I feel it should be. Truth, more than resistance, resonates with me right now. My personal truth and the one I should hold everybody else accountable to, from family members all the way to the President.

Plenty of coffee, restful nights and an enormous dose of optimism should help too.

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14 Comments

  1. It’s resistance to The Resistance! I have so many requests for donations too in my inbox. I’ve been escaping into books. Reading Les Miserables ( a tome indeed to keep me occupied and off the streets!) helps me see the political upheaval of other times, another nations, was just as all-consuming. They just didn’t have Twitter and email to relentlessly hound citizens for action, money, outraged reaction.
    I did receive my I Stand with Standing Rock t shirt yesterday through the mail after ordering it weeks ago and it seemed so paltry in comparison to the plight they face. Back to Les Miz for me.

    March 1, 2017
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    • Les Miserables (and War and Peace) are a fine solution to many ailments. Let’s soldier on (Jeff Sessions didn’t resign today but was pressured to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Small mercies.)

      March 2, 2017
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  2. I feel your pain. My biggest concern is that at this pace, we will all burn out much too soon on this Resistance thing. And that the other side is counting on exactly that.

    February 25, 2017
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    • I am pretty sure it’s a tactic. Firing from all directions, betting we will get tired of firing back.

      February 26, 2017
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  3. silvia
    silvia

    I just signed a petition from Greenpeace to tell Banca Intesa, one of Italy’s major financial groups, to stop supporting the Dakota pipeline project. It seems they are putting big money on it and their silence on the whole matter so far speaks volumes.

    February 24, 2017
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Well done. You are right but I stopped signing petitions a while ago, unless they are meant to put something on a ballot. I feel there are way too many to be taken seriously and it’s too easy a way to clear one’s conscience. Action, my friend, action.

      February 24, 2017
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  4. Sofagirl
    Sofagirl

    This revolution will be televised.

    February 24, 2017
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Like the reality tv star he is. God help us.

      February 24, 2017
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  5. Winston Moreton
    Winston Moreton

    You go girl

    February 24, 2017
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Trying to keep going…

      February 24, 2017
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  6. Resistance is a strong word. Perhaps it is needed. Hard to know or make sense out of what is happening.

    February 23, 2017
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Yes, it is needed. I am trying to find a way to dispel the fatigue…

      February 24, 2017
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  7. The personal is political. As you say, part of overcoming the unacceptable behaviour and actions of the current administration is modelling better behaviour and actions ourselves.

    February 23, 2017
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      The personal as political has never rang more through. Not since I was a teenager has it felt this way.

      February 24, 2017
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