Saturday, January 28, 2017

To my progressive friends: Common ground with your erstwhile conservative foes

Dear progressive friends: There ARE some conservatives and GOP folks who, to varying degrees, see Trump for what he is and realize the danger he poses. These may be people I don't agree with on a lot of issues, but on this they have (thus far ) been fairly sober when it comes to the unique peril the nation currently finds itself in. Among those I would suggest following (Twitter handles after their names):

-Senator John McCain, @SenJohnMcCain
-Senator Lindsey Graham, @LindseyGrahamSC
-Senator Rob Portman, @senrobportman
-Senator Susan Collins, @SenatorCollins
-Senator Jeff Flake, @JeffFlake  
-Gov. John Kasich, @JohnKasich
-David Frum, @davidfrum
-John Weaver, @JWGOP
-Ana Navarro, @ananavarro
-Jonah Goldberg, @JonahNRO
-David French, @DavidAFrench
-Bill Kristol, @BillKristol
-George F. Will, @GeorgeWill
-David Brooks, @nytdavidbrooks
-Eliot A Cohen, @EliotACohen
-Max Boot, @MaxBoot  
-Evan McMullin, @Evan_McMullin

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I know there are issues (choice, the meaning of the 2nd amendment) on which I and these individuals would strongly disagree. But if there is one thing I have seen about despots in my 20 years as a journalist covering them (and make no mistake, that is where we are heading), it is that it takes a broad based coalition to bring them down, not a sectarian one. It is going to take bridge building on all sides for the country to get through this in one piece, and even then I think it will be a challenge like we haven't faced since the Great Depression or the Civil War. Before liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans, we must now act as Americans.

Fight Trump every day.

Never give up.

L'union fait la force.

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