Something this weekend about the quality of the light, or the lack thereof, reminded me it’s probably time to start using my light therapy box again. If the turning season makes you SAD, remember that self-care is especially important as the days get shorter here in the northern hemisphere.
Apart from turning inward with the season, what’s on the agenda as we start another week?
It’s not just us sensitive left-wing snowflakes — even the robust denizens of MAGAmurka are feeling abused and misunderstood these days. Eric Levitz, in NYMag, says “Trump Keeps Getting Mad When He Finds Out What His Policies Actually Do”:
… [T]here is one sense in which Trump is genuinely a man of the people — or, more precisely, of a certain subsegment of said people: Like millions of ordinary Americans, Donald Trump watches a lot of Fox News, but isn’t really interested in politics.
No occupant of the Oval Office has ever shared the average person’s disinterest in policy, parliamentary procedure, and the rudiments of American civics to the extent that Trump does. He is America’s first “low-information voter” president.
This was surely one source of his appeal on the campaign trail. The candidate spoke about politics like a regular Joe. Which is to say, like someone who doesn’t know much about politics but heard (or misheard) an outrageous thing about “Obummer” on Hannity last night. Jeb Bush read white papers, gave speeches at D.C. think tanks. Donald Trump watched Fox & Friends and shouted at his television. The billionaire might live in material conditions more opulent than his supporters could ever imagine. But unlike every other candidate in the GOP primary, in one small — but real and visceral — sense, Trump and the Republican base lived in the same world.
But if blithe ignorance about politics and mindless faith in the claims of right-wing pundits worked for Trump as a candidate, they’ve proven less effective for him as a president.