"Don't go back to brunch!"
You've probably seen that phrase once or twice on your leftist friends' Twitter or Facebook feed. It's online left slang that means once Trump is out of office, the Resistance Liberals and newly radicalized leftists will all cash in their work and leave activism because they think the nightmare we have endured begins and ends with Trump. The phrase comes from a meme where a Women's March Protester holds a sign that reads, "If Hillary had won we'd all be at brunch right now."
And needless to say myself and other leftists were quick to point out, "Yes, and that is part of the problem!" Because while everyone was "at brunch" the GOP laid the foundation for a fascist's rise to power, eventually leading to the 2016 election and culminating in the events of January 6, 2021.
Joe Biden is the man who got elected because he wants, "to heal the soul of the nation." That is a phrase that fills my lungs with my stomach's bile.
As a Democratic Socialist, I'm ashamed to say it, but I kind of agree with him.
I don't agree that we need to "heal the soul of the nation." Nations do not have souls, they are merely states and as a socialist, I think the only thing the state is good for is being seized by the working class.
However, leftists and organizers who will be fighting for the working class agenda during the Biden Presidency (i.e. Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, Abortion access, etc.) would do themselves and their potential recruits and allies a favor if they all took a deep breath, and healed themselves.
Any organizer, activist, or freedom fighter who cannot take care of themselves cannot help to take care of others. If you're limping to the finish line you may finish the race, but you definitely won't win.
This is why I don't want anyone to feel guilty about taking a few deep breaths while the dust settles after four years of Donald Trump as president of the united states, especially after January 6th, 2020. Yes, we can argue about the material conditions* that led to a Trump presidency for days and days, but we should also look at our material conditions* as they are now.
*(For my non-Marxist friends reading this, "material conditions" is Marxist speak for "status of the modern working class." I'm doing my best to minimize the jargon because I will be damned if I join the ranks of the Chapo Trap House or Jimmy Dore punditry scene. And I'm not explaining who those people are either, just google them.)
We can attract many people to the ideas of Democratic Socialism if we come to people with a sense of understanding that the four years of Trump as president has probably traumatized them, at least a little bit. Many of those are traumatized because they were at brunch for too long, yes, but they are still traumatized, and we only sew further seeds of division if we just stew in anger about it. Trauma is trauma and we shouldn't try to outrank one another's trauma.
I can't imagine what the last four years have been like for women, for any BIPOC person, any LGBTQA person, and I don't want to imagine the trauma befallen our children thanks to our irresponsible response to the 2020 pandemic.
We cannot judge anyone, even ourselves, for needing to heal. Although some saw this hellscape coming, and I respect them because I sure didn't, everyone has been traumatized by the last four years. I don't think there is a single person in the United States who is the same now as they were four years ago.
You aren't going back to brunch as long as you remember that the work for a better world does not begin or end with any single political campaign or candidate, whether they win or lose or were good or bad. As long as you remember that movements are about people, not just one person, it is okay to take some time to get back into the swing of things. Just remember, needing to heal cannot become an excuse for procrastination. Take it from a man with depression, it only makes things more difficult.
So yes, we need healing, but it is not "the nation" that needs healing, it's ourselves.
Heal yourself, then strap in, because January 6th, 2021 may have been Trump's end, but it was also a new decade's beginning.
So off I am to heal for the weekend. I don't know about you but healing for me involves a lot of cannabis, scotch, and leftover NY-style pizza from the junk food binge from the night before.
How are you healing? Let me know in a comment or reply. Be sure to like and share so I can get more traffic. More traffic means more patrons. More patrons means more money. More money means, I can actually pay rent and not starve to death! That's another reason to heal I might add, we're still in the middle of this pandemic, and the rent is always due.