Richard Eskow at the OurFuture blog asks, "Who Will Lead the Anti-Trump Resistance"? We go through a few unlikely names and then a few more likely names, but the true answer is in the next-to-last paragraph: "An anti-Trump movement may appear in the streets first, as a spontaneous response to Republican incompetence and plutocratic greed. That’s where its real leaders may be found." In other words, the answer is you.
The incomparable Thomas Frank tells us "How the Democrats Could Win Again, If They Wanted." "If they wanted," of course, is the key phrase. The only way to make them want it? Tell them what we want, and tell them so loud and so often that they can't ignore it.
But here's what our Democrats are doing instead: trying to get the Republican-held Congress to actually fund a hike in transportation spending that they've already agreed to, where the times demand that Democrats put up an alternative plan to Mr. Trump's boutique infrastructure plan. And maybe Democrats could, you know, acknowledge that you can't work with Republicans? You can work around them, though -- by actually listening to the American people when they talk to you.
Just in time for the holidays, Mary Beth Quirk tells us about "Four Scams to Avoid" when shopping online. Work-from-home scams you already know about, but free apps, unrealistic discount offers, and voucher/gift card offers on social media all could just be someone's nefarious plan to steal your personal info. (Just like that IRS scam you've heard about, one that gets pranked pretty spectacularly in this NSFW video.)
A Fark.com user describes "The Dawn of a Glorious New Era, the Era of Crybaby Conservatism." He's right to note that this was a pretty good election for Republicans yet they still can't stop whining about it, but, ah, the "dawn"? If you recall all the cries of you're either with us or you're with the terrorists or you hate America or you want America to fail, you know we're well into mid-day here. Also, too, Republicans aren't "conservative" anymore, they're reactionaries.
Finally, speaking of right-wing whining, our President-elect thinks we should put people who burn flags in jail, or strip them of their citizenship. What a weakling! Does the sight of dissent -- especially completely ineffective dissent, as flag-burning most assurely is -- really frighten him that much? It really is impressive how much weakness there is in rage. Of course Mr. Trump says these things to stoke this weakness and rage in his votaries; they're not a majority in America, but too many good Americans are in "give the guy a chance" mode right now, though "give the guy a chance" runs completely counter to our heritage as Americans -- we're not supposed to "give the President a chance," we're supposed to hold him accountable to the people's will from day one. That's what the Founders wanted us to do, and that's what I'll do.