I just listened to Preet Bharara’s short weekly podcast comment on Cafe Insider. He forecasts a much tougher year ahead for national governance than we had for 2021. He uses the term “fight” to refer to our required action. My own action is specifically focused on rebuilding community by focusing on what we have in common (investing, love of fishing and the outdoors, for example) but I can imagine how a heightened environment of hostility could spoil those plans.
Excerpt from Bharara yesterday:
“I am not going to make any blithe predictions about next year, save one. I don’t know for a fact what will happen with Roe v. Wade, but I’m worried. I don’t know for a fact what will happen in the midterms, but I’m worried. I don’t know for a fact that the pandemic will persist, but I’m worried. I could go on and on.
What I do know for a fact is that for everyone who cares about the future of the country and who values democracy, the vacation is over. Whatever respite people took in 2021, whatever turning away from the news, whatever comfort in Biden’s stewardship, whatever head-in-the-sand posture about fair elections or Trumpism or the Supreme Court or increasing minority rule, the fact is that in 2022 the fight will be on.
So drink your eggnog. Tear open your presents. Kiss under the mistletoe. Hug your families. Enjoy some time off. But come back in 2022 ready to fight.”