It was such a privilege to be in D.C. on January 21st with a million of my closest friends for the Women’s March on Washington. I’ll never forget that historic day. The march spearheaded the resistance and made it clear: We’re not gonna let fascism roll over us. We’re never going away. Six months on, I ask: What’s next?
State of the union
If you’ve been paying attention, the past six months have been a crazy ride. In political terms, it has felt like 600 years. But if you’re a normal person, you’re still able to avoid talking about politics. If you’re a citizen and you’re not particularly marginalized, you aren’t even compelled to think about it. That means that while things may be ridiculous, they’re not dire—at least not yet.
The deconstruction of the state that Steve Bannon promised and Donald Trump wants to deliver is definitely underway, and the Russia scandal is quickly evolving into a major crisis. But because these things aren’t affecting the economy, they’re not affecting most people’s lives. The market remains stable right now—investors are hoping that we can just ride this out.
Meanwhile, an active class of protesters has persisted since the Women’s March, and they’re fighting like hell on behalf of everyone to make sure things like health care don’t go away and the Trump administration is too ineffective to do much of anything else. Thanks to their hard work, it appears to most of the U.S. as though the status quo is being maintained and nothing is really happening.
In some ways, the system is working. Despite his autocratic desires, the federal government isn’t just the president. The investigations into Trump’s campaign are heating up and closing in, and that clearly has him getting paranoid. Despite his disdain for a free press, journalists continue to uncover and expose increasingly damaging stories that undermine his credibility, help keep the administration in check, and make the case for impeachment if we get to that point.
Into the unknown
If the resistance that began with the Women’s March keeps persisting and the pattern of the past six months is able to continue, we might be able to get out of this. But that’s the key question that remains. Have we avoided a disaster—will our system of government rebound quickly with a different president—or will it get much worse before it gets better?