Resistance is Futile

Resist!”  A visceral battle cry that rose up in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, my initial reaction was “hell yeah!”  However, that was quickly followed by a more reasonable train of thought.  It went something like this…  So, um, do you mean we’re just going to switch roles now? The obstructionist role, formerly played by the Republican Party, will now be played by the Democratic Party? The “we know so much better than you so we’re just gonna go ahead and push through massive legislation that drastically effects the entire country, like, forever, without any input from the other side” role, formerly played by the Democratic Party, will now be played by the Republicans?  Yeah, no thank you.

Just to be clear, I’m all for resisting those things that go against what you believe, but I don’t think a battle cry of “Resist!” is what we need right now. “Resist!” implies an “us against them” mentality that is, frankly, misguided in my humble opinion. We need a battle cry for all Americans.  Maybe something more like “Let’s be reasonable.” It ain’t sexy, but I gotta tell you I think it is just exactly what we need right now.

If you still want to resist something, ok, but have you considered that perhaps the battle lines you’ve drawn are all wrong?