I am also struggling mightily with politics-induced and politics-increased rage and fury.
A certain level is appropriate given the present circumstances but in recent weeks I’m feeling like it’s a constant struggle to maintain an appropriate sense of concern and determination to vote in favor of change versus wanting the numbing apathy of burying my head in the sand on one side versus every post or statement I make bursting with righteous anger and furious indignation.
One specific thing that would help me maintain the right balance would be if I felt there were a viable strategy or path forward, which while not guaranteed to work, at least offered a reasonable hope of winning the good fight. Specifically, a minimally decent plan to strive for in my mind, even one that does not guarantee success, would at least put my energy into a contributing flow. However, in the last few weeks between the tepid response of Dem to Trump’s abuse of power and obstruction of justice and the Dem establishment taking what I view as a misguided and complacent “let’s just turn to the middle behind Biden and trust the system” approach, I feel like like there’s no positive conduit, no viable plan of attack I can get behind.
Anger is important but anger without guidance is dangerous and destructive. And right now the Dem leadership is not giving people like me a guide path for our anger that we think will work, or that truly addresses the sources of the anger.
So, I’m left angry. And I don’t like it.