Today we went to a teach-in about impeachment, which was informative and surprisingly uplifting. A few things struck me:
¤ Jayapal actually gets how to talk about the US in a way that acknowledges the positive things the founders were trying to do, and the good things that have happened here, without ever seeming to minimise all the evil.
¤ They're clearly not just fighting the current arsehole, but also seeing an urgent need to rebalance powers between Congress and presidency. (...)
¤ They have no time for the "but this might make us unpopular" objection, repeatedly stressing that this is the right thing to do and there have to be consequences for serious wrongdoing.
¤ ...but having said that, they have a clear strategic sense of how to potentially make impeachment stick, which rests on being able to use the hearings to shift public opinion. (2/3)
If anything can make me OK with staying in this country, it's people like Jayapal, Raskin and the volunteer organisers who helped make this happen. People who don't pretend there was a golden age to return to, don't hype the inherent wonderfulness of America, but have a clear vision of what it _could_ be, why that's worth fighting for, and how to do it.
And if you want to watch the whole thing, it's streamable at https://www.wisconsingazette.com/multimedia/live-impeachment-teach-in-with-house-champs-reps-jayapal-and/youtube_5714bff8-45b8-5a53-9111-42906eae837f.html
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