The Cure for Trump Flu: Recognizing Resistance

Things are…strange. The news doesn’t seem normal anymore. Up is down and down is up. Part of this is because of the new strain of the flu this year: the Influenza T Virus. T for Trump. The Trump Flu is arguably the worst one of all. It starts to seep in when the patient forgets that fighting this administration is a marathon, not a sprint. Symptoms include:
  • Fatigue…like ALL the time
  • Constant Anxiety
  • Shock…that just never went away after Election Night
  • Extreme stress, agitation
  • Overwhelming feelings of depression, apathy, helplessness

Influenza Type T can comes from many different sources.

  • Falling into a Twitter or Facebook rabbit hole
  • Terrifying Executive Orders
  • Breaking news cell phone alerts
  • Fear of a world war
  • Media that won’t turn off

But there is a cure. It’s not as simple as a shot, but it works. The cure is staying conscious. Everywhere you look there are signs the resistance is working. Public outcry, mass protest, and mindful economics have caused numerous cracks in the porcelain White House. Here are some examples, broken into Harry Potter categories.

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – The Goblet of Fire

We the People Will Never Be Divided

The White House is unorganized. It does not communicate. It spews blatant lies. It has relentlessly, and unsuccessfully, attempted to make themselves seem better by putting down the previous administration. The White House’s aides are pitted against each other and compete for time in the spotlight instead of together to make America great. In short, the White House is an unsustainable MESS. Here are signs of the White House falling apart:
  • Michael Flynn, White House National Security Advisor for a Month, barely needs an explanation. He’s the first person to be expelled from the Swamp. Aside from the obvious victory of the first cabinet member to fall, it gives us insight to the White House. And hopefully it sets a precedent; More are going to follow Flynn, and soon.
    • The Crybaby in Chief’s pick for Labor Secretary, Andy Puzdrew, withdrew his name from consideration less than 24 hours after Flynn resigned.
  • The question of repealing Obamacare without a replacement has come to a sputtering halt after massive public push back. Obamacare improved on, but do not want it repealed without a replacement. In response to letters from Tim Kaine and other  Democrats begging the GOP to work with them to edit and replace Obamacare, Senator Lamar Alexander (R, TN), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions declared Obamacare should only be repealed when “there are concrete, practical reforms in place that give Americans access to truly affordable health care.”
    • Another thing: Polls show approval ratings for Obamacare have spiked. Seems like once they might not have it there, people like the ACA a lot more.
  • Town halls across the country have erupted in anger. Republican town halls. Republican offices say they’re unable to do work due to public outcry. GOP in Washington are being forced to take sides, and more are distancing themselves from the White House. Republican leaders are frustrated the Crybaby in Chief isn’t paying attention to them after they went against the Democrats and approved his cabinet nominations.
  • The ACLU received a record breaking amount of donations after the White House’s unconstitutional ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US. They raised $24 million from over 350,000 donations. They usually raise $4 million in one year.
  • The travel ban was declared unconstitutional in the courts. Whether or not the White House will listen to the three federal judges who declared it is still up for debate, but the justice system has spoken. The ban is wrong.
  • The Crybaby in Chief has the lowest approval rating of any President. Ever.
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Albus Dumbledore to Neville Longbottom, Sorcerer’s Stone

Love Thy Neighbor…And Wake Them Up

Americans are coming together. Communities are being formed, and organization never stops. At the moment, there is a Scientist’s March on Washington being organized in D.C. and in sister cities around the country. The founders of the Women’s March are organizing an across-the-board strike to flex the economic power American women hold. A growing number of celebrities come out in opposition of the White House. The Facebook discourse is endless. Even sports have become highly politicized.

  • The Patriots made history, but not on the field. They won Super Bowl LI, their fifth victory. But the game was highly politicized due to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft‘s insensitive display of privilege. Their not-so-casual, closet-door-is-ajar racism. And their teammates have noticed. Lifetime diehard fans noticed, and called them out on it. Conversations were had. The veil was lifted a little higher.
  • Adele won the Grammy for Best Album, and refused to accept it. She said Beyonce should have gotten the award, and she was right. Yes, Adele should have gotten best song, but Beyonce won the album. Adele pulled a total Cady Heron and broke the award in half stage as a gesture of solidarity.
  • Nordstrom followed in Uber’s footsteps and pulled back from promoting/selling Ivanka Trump’s products. This is beyond any party lines. Retailers are being forced to get political, and they aren’t aligning themselves with the Crybaby in Chief. Kellyanne Con-Job nearly lost her head and had an ethics meltdown on live television… and we’re only two months into the administration! The consumers are showing where their values lie by partaking in #GrabYourWallet, and the retailers are listening. The people in the Oval are cracking. Check out the #GrabYourWallet database here and help it crack a little more.
  • People are coming together to defend immigrants and their right to be here. People are coming together to defend Muslims and stand against racism. And it makes them happy
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore, Prisoner of Azkaban
At the very least, it’s obvious the American people are building good habits. When training for something long term, the gains are slow, small. You spend weeks, sometimes months, doing the same exercise over and over and over until you’re doing it in your sleep. But it becomes easier. You get better. Your times become faster, weights easier, exercises less challenging. If every member focuses on becoming the best version of themselves, the team as a whole gets stronger.
Today, those exercises are writing letters. Consciously spending money. Calling representatives. Organizing locally. Showing up to rallies. Reaching out to strangers. Remembering self-care. Publicly vocalizing support. Consuming media consciously. Sharing knowledge. Talking. Listening. Creating. Growing. Feeling. And it’s working. Like our actions, the signs are small, but they are there. Bernie’s campaign proved it. The Women’s March proved it. The airport protests, spontaneous and without organization, proved it. Institutional inequality, prejudice, and corruption fester in the darkness, but the world isn’t dark anymore.



Is Shakespeare an iPhone or a Droid Guy?

When I first saw these pictures of YOLO Juliet, a book from Random House’s “OMG Shakespeare” series, and I didn’t really have opinion. The OP didn’t appear to have an opinion either, simply posting the picture with #WilliamShakespeare. I was about to move on with my life…that is, until I saw all the comments.




I was floored by the rash reactions the mere sight of these books immediately caused. It came as no shock that academics (*cough* elitists) were horrified at the “dumbing down” of Billy Shakes. Why shouldn’t OMG Shakespeare and similar texts exist? If a young student hates reading, but finds this intriguing, so be it. If someone reads this and realizes, “Hey! You know what? Maybe Shakespeare isn’t so scary or intimidating or boring. Maybe I should try reading the real play, or go see it performed!” …Is that really so bad?

Newsflash: not every YA-aged reader is going to become an English major, or literary academic, or traditional scholar. Most kids are trying to get by with passing grades and at least trying to enjoy school (while balancing accumulating masses of homework, sport, extra-curriculars, community service, part-time jobs, and whatever semblance of a social life is left over after all these requirements to living in 2015)

Even if the readers of OMG Shakespeare and the like don’t find a passion for Shakespearean text, at the very least they were reading and got a grasp of the plot/symbolism/characters etc, and classic literature continues to evolve and stay relevant. This is creative and intuitive, and targets a demographic (obviously young adults, meaning grade school students) that is constantly turned away from exploring/experiencing literature by elitists who think it’s a medium that can only be expressed one way.

This is just like the negative reactions people have to Instagram, saying the app is only used to “boast about their hiking” or “spend more time taking pictures of their sneakers at the gym than working out”. I think these nay-sayers are missing the point…the person who posts these pictures climbed a mountain. They went to the gym. If applying a filter is what it takes to get you outside, take thousands of pictures! Climb those hills and Instagram all you want!

I have a degree in English, Latin, and Medieval Studies. I work at a publishing firm and will be going to graduate school soon for library sciences. Even I find Shakespeare hard to read…I’m a fully grown woman trained in the art of reading! A seventh grader though? Psh, Billy Shakes was so hard! I know for a fact when I read Romeo and Juliet in 7th grade, I didn’t understand a word of what I was reading until I saw the movie. Besides which, Shakespeare was a playwright, and his pieces were meant to be interpreted and performed. Is this not an interpretation?

I think this is great. And cute! If you don’t, why don’t you try opening up your mind sometime and see something from someone else’s perspective for once. Language is fluid, and how it is interpreted and conveyed constantly changes! Accept it!

tl;dr: Shakespeare doesn’t care. Get over it!

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