Another day, another revelation that President Donald Trump’s campaign met with yet one more sketchy bugger for collusion, a cuddle…or whatever. If that doesn’t induce panic and general anxiety in you about who’s behind the wheel of the free world, then just wait, because he’ll probably do something even more absurd tomorrow.
You know what we’re fighting for. You know what’s at stake. Politicians like to talk about our future as if it’s this abstract thing that exists in a far-off land — like a story or a legend. We know better. White police are shooting black Americans. The elderly are clutching onto what is left of Social Security and Medicare. Funding for scientifically accurate sex ed is being killed. Funding for Planned Parenthood is on the chopping block and we’re still inches away from the Republicans trying to put rural hospitals out of business all in the name of Trumpcare.
This is why we fight. And hopefully, these will inspire you to soldier onward — even on the days when it’s difficult or exhausting.
1. “They had a chance to insure millions. But this vote could also cost them their seats, perhaps end their political careers. … These men and women did the right thing. They did the hard thing. … Their desire to retain a reputation for integrity was stronger than a desire to remain in office. It is my fervent hope and the hope of millions … [that] such courage is still possible, that today’s members of Congress, regardless of party, are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth, even when it contradicts party positions.”
— President Barack Obama on those who voted to pass Obamacare.
2. “When Republicans now are literally afraid to hold public meetings – some of them are arguing, ‘Oh my God, we are afraid of security issues!’ – that tells me they know that the American people are prepared to stand up and fight.”
— Bernie Sanders
3. “We’re not going to have a supreme court that will overturn Roe versus Wade. There will be no more Antonio Scalias and Samuel Aleatos added to this court. We’re not going to repeal health reform. Nobody is going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation fight it out on the open market to try to get health insurance. We are not going to do that. We are not going to give a 20% tax cut to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kid’s insurance to cover the cost of that tax cut. We’ll not make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control under the insurance plan that you’re on. We are not going to redefine rape. We are not going to amend the United States Constitution to stop gay people from getting married. We are not going to double Guantanamo. We are not eliminating the Department of Energy or the Department of Education or Housing at the federal level. We are not going to spend $2 trillion on the military that the military does not want. We are not scaling back on student loans because the country’s new plan is that you should borrow money from your parents. We are not vetoing the Dream Act. We are not self-deporting. We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt. We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in January. We are not going to have, as a president, a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared, gay kid, to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help and there was no apology, not ever. We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton. We are not bringing Dick Cheney back. We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with architects of the Iraq War. We are not going to do it. We had the chance to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country. and we said no, last night, loudly.”
— Rachel Maddow
4. “”The president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America. And we are here to stay.”
— America Ferrera
5. “Resign, now, or be forced from office. You have no place in a freedom-loving country.”
— Keith Olbermann
6. “They have made ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ their connection to America’s future. They will not sit down and be quiet. Not ever again.”
— Elizabeth Warren on the Resistance.
7. “Remember, the Constitution doesn’t begin with, ‘I, the president.’ It begins with, ‘We, the people.'”
— Gloria Steinem
8. “This is what they should do. They should take a deep reflection about the history of this country, understand that absolutely these are very difficult and frightening times. But also understand that in moments of crisis, what has happened, time and time again, is that people have stood up and fought back. So despair is absolutely not an option.” — Bernie Sanders
9. “Everywhere we see the risk of falling into the refuge of tribe, clan and anger at those who don’t look like us, have the same surnames or pray the way we do. … At such moments we need courage to stand up to hate, not just in others but within ourselves. At such moments we need the courage to stand up to dogma, not just in others but within ourselves.”
— President Barack Obama
10. “Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.” — Mahatma Gandhi
11. “Let’s march together through this darkness and with each step know that we are not afraid, that we are not alone, that we will not back down, that there is power in our unity and that no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity.”
12. “Stopping Trump is a short-term solution. The long-term solution, and it will be more difficult, is fixing the educational system that has created so many people ignorant enough to vote for Trump.”
— Andy Borowitz
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13. “Someone drew a swastika on Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame and there’s no way to know if it was done by someone who hates him or supports him.”
— Maura Quint
14. “It’s fun for us to think Donald Trump is an idiot but he knows exactly what he’s doing when he says Obama founded ISIS. He doesn’t care if it’s wrong. He just cares if people are talking about it.”
— Trevor Noah
15. “I’m a lifelong Republican, but the Donald Trump surge proves that every bad thing Democrats have ever said about the Republican Party is basically true.”
— Max Booth
16. “We have to put warning labels telling people that coffee is hot and not to put bags on their heads … so no, I’m not surprised that people support Trump.” — Sarcasticsapien
17. “When a politician ends almost every sentence with ‘believe me’ … don’t.”
— Barbara Streisand
18. “The one thing that I’m absolutely convinced of, is that yes, we confront a whole range of challenges, from economic inequality and lack of opportunity to a criminal justice system that too often is skewed in ways that are unproductive, to climate change, to issues related to violence — all those problems are serious, they’re daunting, but they’re not insoluble. What is preventing us from tackling them and making more progress really has to do with our politics and our civic life.” –
– Barack Obama
19. “No, President Obama, the system is as rigged as we think. In face, it’s worse than most Americans realize.”
— Elizabeth Warren
20. “Actually, liberals are taking their cue from the tea party. You know, the people we called ‘a bunch of dumb losers’ back in 2009 right before those losers won 25 state houses and gerrymandered Democrats out of power for a decade in spite of all of our sick burns. But while liberals can brag they’re better at spelling, they fall short in one area that is slightly more important.” Voting.
— Samantha Bee
21. “We can disagree and still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”
— Robert Jones Jr.
22. “At this point in our history, there are many things we must be careful of as Trump steps into power. We cannot allow our institutions to normalize hatred and violence. We have to resist accepting leaders and policies that denigrate the humanity of any of us. This is all the more important as it has been both encouraged by Trump and may now be enacted from the instruments of government.”
— Robert Reich
23. “These are the rantings of someone who really should be focused on the job of governing. Should we not conclude that he approaches policy decisions with the same half-baked conspiracies with which he apparently approaches history? To be President of the United States is to part of the great American story. To not understand that story is to not understand the presidency. Maybe Frederick Douglass can give Mr. Trump some advice. Apparently, he’s “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more.”
— Dan Rather
24. “We are mothers. We are caregivers. We are artists. We are activists. We are entrepreneurs, doctors, leaders of industry and technology. Our potential is unlimited. We rise.”
— Alicia Keys
25. “Because of changes in the media, we now have a situation in which everybody’s listening to people who already agree with them, and are further and further reinforcing their own realities to the neglect of a common reality that allows us to have a healthy debate and then try to find common ground and move solutions forward.”
— President Barack Obama
Read these often to help keep yourself from losing your f*cking mind during…whatever the hell is happening right now — preferably with your libation of choice.