Election day has a certain tendency to send people to either exuberance or the deepest pit of despair.
Here in Texas, many progressives had hoped for a big change- making Texas blue. And it really did not happen. Margins came up wider than polls suggested. The status quo and the money men remain firmly in place.
The story in my home state of Wisconsin was similar. Oof.
Lots of folks I know are down down down in election night despair right now. But maybe it's time to pull out pickaxes and start mining?
My friend Jo wrote recently about the benefits of hopelessness, reflecting on Henry Cloud's Necessary Endings.
What if this is the disappointment that makes folks really shift their strategies, step up their passion, and make the changes they want in their towns and states and country?
Change is hard.
Shrugging and cynicism would definitely be easier.
I close with these wise words from Texas hero Molly Ivins-