Ten Ways to Survive the Republican Congress

Posted on December 24, 2014 by

Don’t let Boehner and McConnell drive you insane. Here are some random thoughts on coping with the next two years: 

 

1) AVOID THE REPUBLICAN HATE-FEST

It’s tempting to keep track of all their antics but it won’t make you feel any better

 

2) REDUCE YOUR DEPENDENCE ON NPR NEWS

Steve Inskeep is a smart kid (oh yea, he’s 46) but too earnest and willing to play it “up-the-middle.” (How about more “irony” in NPR reporting?)

 

3) READ OFF-LINE

Literary fiction (contemporary or classic) may not be your thing. But spare yourself endless internet chatter

 

4) LOCALIZE YOUR POLITICS

Progressive action is happening north, south, east and west. (The new Labor-backed majority on the L.A. Board of Supervisors is more interesting – to me, at least – than what U.S. House Republicans say or pass)

 

5) ADVANCE “NEW LABOR”

Get behind regional minimum wage battles

 

6) TRUST YOUNG AMERICANS

Gen Xers and Millennials have a head start on 60s, 70s activists. Don’t pester or disparage them

 

7) DUMP YOUR CAR (JUST KIDDING)

Take the train (not kidding)

 

8) PROMOTE THE “UNITARY EXECUTIVE”

Conservative thinkers came up with this but now it’s our turn to defend expanded presidential power and Barack Obama’s unilateral policy-making on immigration, Cuba, climate change and more

 

9) SAVE CALIFORNIA

Kill your lawn (plant vegetables)

 

10) THINK 2016

Warren?

 

Comments (4)

 

  1. I confer my ringing endorsement to Number 3.

  2. pbw says:

    good counsel, brother. need to avoid MSNBC as well as NPR since it’s “news” is primarily constantly poking the Repuglicans.

  3. LGW says:

    Your first point will make our lives so much better, so thank you! But, I need to ask, how do we handle the Supreme Court and maintain sanity?

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