The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. –Abraham Lincoln
Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. I still find that sentence kind of surreal, no matter how long I sit and stare at it (Too long, ok? I stared at it for far too long.) The next four years are not going to look the way we thought they would on November 7th.
We had a plan. And then life happened, and now…
We don’t know exactly what the next four years will look like. But we’ve been given an outline, and it looks bad: We’ve been promised an anti-choice Supreme Court nominee, the repeal of the ACA, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. We’re already seeing cabinet appointees who are wholly unsuited to their positions (Shout out to Tom Price! And Rick Perry! And whoever that guy is at the EPA whose name I don’t remember and don’t care enough about to look up right this minute!) and obviously—entirely—innocent “inquiries” about whether foreign aid isn’t really just a giant scam.
With the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday falling in the same week as the Inauguration, many of the quotes from his his historic speeches that were going around social media felt especially relevant. This one has been with me all week:
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals…This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”
I can’t pretend that I think we’re going to come out of the Trump Era with a lot of wins. But that almost doesn’t matter; the fight has to happen regardless. And I know what we can gain: We can come out on the other side with a more passionate, engaged, educated movement. We can find the people who never knew they cared about these issues until now and make them new champions. We are here. We will stand. We will not be silent.