In these days of chaos, when we watch democracy dying around the world, including here in the United States, I find myself unable to make any kind of future plans. In the past, I’d have a Plan A, followed by a Plan B, and even a Plan C, just in case. Since Putin stole the 2016 Presidency for Trump, I find myself unable to plan at all. Mostly, because the world is so insane, I don’t know from day to day what kind of carnage we’ll be facing. How can anyone paying attention plan anything? So, my daughter and I do our best to support each other and those who deserve our kindness and we just take it day by day.
The one thing that keeps me sane is the podcast, Gaslit Nation. Hosted by Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa, I live for the day that these informative and truthful women drop their latest full-frontal description of what is happening around the world and how bad things are for us who live in the States. Both Kendzior and Chalupa were warning of us of what was most likely to happen in 2016 if we didn’t pay attention, but they were considered hysterical women pushing disaster stories that were too fantastical too come true. Sadly, everything Kendzior and Chalupa have predicted have come true.
If you’re not familiar with Gaslit Nation, I’d suggest you go back and listen to all of the podcast’s episodes. However, if you don’t have that kind of time (which is totally understandable), you must listen to the most recent episode, “Impeach Normalization.” Kendzior and Chalupa discuss how we must not let Trump and his monsters normalize their criminality. The description for this episode reads:
Impeachment sends a message about who we are as a country and what we will accept and abide. The rule of law demands action. Refusing to take action is normalizing atrocity. Lawlessness must be confronted regardless of the outcome, as a matter of principle and conscience. Fighting only the battles that you know you will win is a sure way of ensuring you lose; preemptive surrender, in a rapidly consolidating autocracy, is permanent surrender.
Many people tell me that they don’t watch the news or get on social media very often because it’s too depressing. While I agree that what’s happening in the world is depressing, I’m just not one of those people who can stick my head in the proverbial sand and not have a clue what’s happening. I’d rather know all the details of every hideous event than pretend it’s all going to be okay.
In addition to listening to Gaslit Nation, I’d also suggest you follow Kendzior and Chapula on Twitter. They’re easy to find. Stay informed and stay prepared!