This is what I’ve been saying all along:
“The surge in global populism is not reducible to economics. It is about racism, sexism, homophobia, and cultural backwardness. It is revenge—not of the economically insecure, but of the cultural left-behinds.”
So the question is, what to do about it? If this is what’s driving populism, how do the Democrats, or anyone else, counter these deeply-held beliefs, without betraying their very core values?
Now this is a good idea.
“When people hear concerns about democracies declining into authoritarianism, they expect that moment to come in a singular thunderclap where everyone can see that this is the time,” said Ian Bassin, who’s leading the new group. “In reality, often times, democracies decline over a period of years that happen through a series of much smaller steps.”
When I read quotes like this one from Sean Spicer, my blood just boils.
“White House press secretary Sean Spicer, responding to the group’s formation, said, ‘This administration has raised the level of ethics training and oversight to a new level compared to the practices of the previous administration.’ ”
Eight years of the Obama administration without one scandal, and he has the gall to say this? It’s as if the concept of honesty has just completely and utterly deserted our country’s leadership, and what’s even more appalling is how many people buy their disingenuous tripe.
Some of my legion of followers may have noticed that I have changed my tagline. I have read this quote of Elie Wiesel many times, and at no time have I ever agreed with it more than now. My blog posts have become infrequent the last few months, for a few different reasons, and I’ve been thinking about how to revitalize things now that I’m no longer a Peace Corps Volunteer, but still living overseas. I’ve decided that I’m going to focus on national/international matters a bit more, because right now that is really what I care about the most. I will link to articles that I find particularly insightful or helpful, and cover news and reactions to what’s going on back home from a different perspective, that of an expatriate who still cares and is deeply worried about the direction her country is taking.
I’ll still fill people in on how I’m doing, and I will from time to time return to my original storytelling approach – I mean, there are always good stories to tell! But you can expect less of that, and more of this, as it were. I hope it interests you!