The Serenity Prayer contains two critical ideas...at least. Acceptance and Serenity. I have written more about Serenity than acceptance, but it may be that acceptance is the key idea. "To accept the things we cannot change"...is hard under any terms, today and for me, acceptance requires that I accept today's awful politics, not just for me and other Democrats but also everyone.
Acceptance does not mean agreement...it merely means coming to terms with what is the case, whether in ordinary life or in politics. Acceptance means facing what is the case, what is actually happening and said. Acceptance means, in other words, facing, accepting the reality of Donald Trump.
I am a liberal Democrat and proudly so. What is happening is the gridlock in our politics and the disappearance of truly liberal ideas is before our eyes. We can only see this reality with our eyes wide open, with acceptance. This means facing the reality of Trump and his followers and how that has changed reality. The reality today is Trump's reality; the media cannot take their eyes off him and his bizarre behavior.
The Trump era's reality means no one is listening to Democrats. Despite the endless dwelling on Trump and his slender majority in both houses, no one is paying attention to anything else.
What reality do we Democrats want to create for the public? Single Payer? Who among most citizens even knows what this means? How about lowering the prices for prescription drugs to the levels that now exist for the VA, the DOD? How about explaining carefully what this would mean for the average citizen? How about lowering the eligibility age for Medicare to 55? How about negotiating hospital spending and breaking up the monopolistic hospital pricing?
How about transforming MSNBC into a nightly exploration of new ideas, new realities instead of endless, jaded critiques for Trump? How about each night, or each week a thoughtful presentation on how things can be different with a few big, memorable ideas