When the calendar page turns it is not uncommon to find people posting their resolutions. Lose weight. Work out. Those two typically lead the way especially as they come on the tail of a universally wider "tail" from a holiday spree of treats, parties, and all manner of edible bounty.
To these people I say - good luck, godspeed, and remember that slow and steady will always kick fad and silver bullet in its compromised metabolism.
Resolutions pour forth regarding new jobs, continuing an education that was dropped long ago due to circumstances or immaturity.
To those folks? The wise words of my mother: "There's nothing to it, but to do it." Buckle down, commit, and GO. The time will pass exactly the same no matter how you use it. Spin in place or work towards a degree or promotion? 60 seconds is still 60 seconds. Remember, Lin Manuel Miranda has the same number of hours in a day that you do. The difference is what he does with them.
And then there are the saccharine tweets and status updates that alert people to a commitment to being a "kinder, gentler" version of themselves in the new year. I have been seeing them since the clock struck midnight. In every time zone. One after another, and they all have to do with the political climate in this highly divided country.
To those Zen-Buddha-Conflict-Averse people, I say - NO.
Hear me out.
There has long been a standing rebuttal against anyone whose heart bleeds, whose ethos is justice for all, and/or who stands up to the baser elements in our society. It goes like this: "Gee, I thought libruls were tolerant." Or some variant that includes two misspelled words and "snowflake."
Personally I do not like the word tolerant in regards to my liberalism.
I do not just tolerate other faiths. I do not just tolerate different colors. I do not just tolerate the human spectrum. Tolerate implies "putting up with something". That's not what liberals do. We educate ourselves. We seek opportunities to connect. And we EMBRACE that which makes us different because we implicitly understand that which makes us THE SAME. Our humanity, our desire for peace. love, security, and our right to equal rights.
But when it comes to the rabid rabble who elevated a self admitted sexual aggressor/molester/assaulter-failed businessman-sheister-grifter-LIAR to the Oval Office? There is no THE SAME underneath their spittle laced tirades and badly misspelled poster boards. They are proud of their ignorance. They take glee in watching rights get threatened or stripped away. They cheer devastating legislation that will ultimately impact them badly because winning is more important than anything else, and FOX Spews doesn't provide them with anything resembling facts. They have raised to an art form the act of putting lipstick on a pig.
They buy wholesale the bullshit of a Clinton pedophilia ring in the basement of a pizza parlor, THAT DOES NOT EVEN HAVE A BASEMENT, yet they refuse to accept Trump's own repeated admissions of sexual predator behavior and the women who have come forward to corroborate his own statements. They project "God" onto a reprobate who has never been anything but a disciple to greed, lust, gluttony, and theft. They threaten and strike out at people he has targeted, secure in the notion that their Tangerine Toddler has given them permission to use violence. Bodies of innocents have been beaten, broken, sliced, and killed - BECAUSE OF THEIR SELF WRONGTEOUS BELIEF THEY HAVE BEEN SANCTIONED.
The ones who have slithered into our House and Senate ignore their constituents, emboldened by a White House occupier who has made it clear he is only President of a small percentage of this nation. They turn their backs on %s, refuse to listen, hide from holding town halls, and focus solely on appeasing the KFC grease stained Archie Bunker in the West Wing.
So, NO, I do not support a 2018 in which we are "kinder and gentler" to these people. I am tired of our side bringing a pillow to their gun fight.
We have tried that tactic for decades, long before this ugliness, treason, and aggression took hold AGAIN. Yes, again, because we have been here before. Maybe you were a child, maybe you were not yet born, but we have been here. Having to come together not only in numbers, but in unquestionable strength to secure the safety, the rights of our fellow citizens. And none of that happened by olive branches and hugging it out.
What we are up against is vile, and closed off from any attempt at debate, discussion, facts.
They laugh at compromise. We extend an open hand, they swing a clenched fist. We offer unimpeachable data, they laugh and cry "Fake news!" And the only thing that happens in taking the high road is that it makes it that much easier for them to sucker punch us or kick us in the balls.
I have said it repeatedly since 2015 - it does not matter if they love their gam-gam, go to church every Sunday, donate plasma, or volunteer at the Humane Society. If they stood shoulder to shoulder at his rallies, supported him arm in arm with swastika bearing cretins, cheered as he targeted group after group after group, and defended every egregious FACT that came out about him? They are garbage. They are the sewer they stood in.
They do not get to marinate in a latrine trench for two years and somehow declare themselves clean, righteous, or even a part of the human race.
Harsh? Fuck no, and FUCK NO.
They laugh at families being torn apart, Dreamers facing deportation to lands they never lived in. They threaten anyone who does not worship as they do. They are a very real danger to anyone who resides on the spectrum outside their very narrow spot of heterosexuality. They do not view those who are different as equal, and certainly not deserving of the same rights they enjoy. They embrace a coward who Tweets like Regina George before the bus ran her ass down - loving his name calling, bumper sticker verbiage, unethical and unenforceable pronouncements, and abuse of transgender people like my son.
So no, pardon me, FUCK NO, I will not be adopting a kinder, gentler stance towards them in 2018. I love Michelle Obama, but going high only gets us kneecapped.
I implore you - if you are connected to your humanity, dig deep in 2018. Save your kinder, gentler heart for those who need it, who need your help, who cannot fight on their own. And use your strong, determined, patriotic and pissed off heart to fight this fight as hard as possible, as long as it takes.
The Resistance is real. And we have more than numbers on our side.
We, the people, have brains. We, the people, have bravery. And unlike them, we, the people, know what is at stake, what we are fighting for...
Look, this country has never been perfect. It is an ongoing experiment, a struggle, but we cannot lose forever the progress we made. These MAGATs and their decaying leader may have attacked and torn down so much of our standing in the world, our protections, our very founding marching orders, but we will prevail.
Today we must begin to use their slogan against them, imbuing it with the hope, the humanity, the promise of what this nation is supposed to be about.
It is time for US to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.