I am feeling like this is more and more going to be the case. With the whole “repair” Obamacare language coming through, the various leaks of the incompetence of the administration… Nothing is going to get done here. It will take the administration years to get figured out how to do their jobs (leaks are even saying that the staff hasn’t figured out how to get the lights to turn on in certain rooms). They were wholly unprepared for the win, and the senior staff is rife with infighting, and Bannon is looking to turn into a scapegoat for all of the bad press lately.
Not to mention, I think we all forget about the many checks and balances that we have in our system of democracy. The federal courts have the power to block unconstitutional actions, and they have been doing so. Even with Gorsuch as a supreme court nod, I don’t agree with the guy’s politics, but he is VERY into protecting the constitution.
Complaining that the sky is falling isn’t always going to be helpful. (Not to say that everything is great lately) But real constructive things like fighting Betsy DeVos’ nomination are good. She is just hands down a bad fit for the job, her lack of knowledge of the education system is flabbergasting. She was unprepared for very simple questions at the hearing. And we are seeing positive pushback from republicans that were lobbied (via calls) by their constituents. So rather than rage and complain, we need to pressure our elected officials to not stand for this nonsense. By all means, continue to march on Washington, and protest, and point out the psuedo-authoritarian things going on. But we also need to fight with our votes (in 2018) or our phone calls and letters.
But, America will live on, and we need to remember that the overwhelming majority of Americans voted for another candidate, and many businesses (which the pro-business adminstration would like to woo) don’t have to answer to gerrymandered districts and voter-supressed electorates, but 100% of American consumers whom a majority voted against this.
So, we need to keep fighting, but we need to be smart about it. And I think some of the greatest solace we can take (be us liberals or moderate fiscal-conservatives) is that this administration is too dumb to get anything important done. Other than making us look stupid on the world’s stage.