No, Really.  I’m serious.  Take some time away.  You’ve earned it.  

 

I

took three glorious months off, completely ignoring Trump’s daily squandrals .
I dropped out before I burned out.
You should do the same.  

I feel great now and ready to continue the fight.
We’re all in this for the long haul.

Drew Coffman

Don’t misunderstand me.  I am as outraged as any sane citizen should be by the kakistocracy   of this administration.  But constant outrage and anger are not sustainable, not for the long haul.  We can’t keep running circles in the bottom of a bottle chasing meaningless outrages and tweets. 

I have a plan that I’ll be sharing here as time goes on, but exhausted people are useless people. 

 
Already, according to a poll from Navigator Research,  Democratic voters are beginning to feel exhausted by the bizarre circus pitching tents across from Lafayette Square, the Theater of Cruelty & Chaos.

Navigator Research

Of course, Republicans are exhausted by the Mueller Investigation:

Navigator Research

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None of us in the opposition can remain as enraged, nor as frustrated as we’ve been since the election of Trump.  Not without risking auto-da-fé

Click to Demo: auto-da-fé

bursting into flames

 So take some time off now. For the next month, keep your Helium Hand in your pocket and just say, “No.”

  • De-stress.
  • Re-charge.
  • Build networks.

Then, in the run-up to the November midterms be ready to:



  • Spark, not fizzle.

  • Coil & strike, not rattle a warning.

  • Fight, not give into despair.


Of course, I didn’t completely disengage.  While I was off, I listened to NPR’s top of the hour news, but only a couple of times a day.  I stayed informed.  I knew what was happening, but I just tried not to care (indifference is a type of superpower).  In short: I did not obsess.  
 
Instead, I read a lot.  I listened to podcasts & music. I walked dogs and tended bees and gardened and cooked.  I disengaged my emotions from the national freak show, and relaxed.  Meditation helped.  I regained emotional balance.  
 
And, in keeping with the Stoic art of self-government, I tried lean to Respond, not React: 
 
The Stoic philosopher Epictetus wrote: 

“Remember that foul words or blows in themselves are no outrage, but your judgement that they are so. So when any one makes you angry, know that it is your own thought that has angered you. Wherefore make it your first endeavour not to let your impressions carry you away. For if once you gain time and delay, you will find it easier to control yourself.”
 
And if you don’t go for Stoicism, perhaps an ancient Klingon Proverb:

Revenge is a dish that is best served cold.

 

Star Trek II – Wrath of Kahn

Illegitimi non carborundum 1

Robert Schöller
 
More soon.  We’ll think about the arguments that poll best with the greatest number of people. 

rhk