I'm watching the political fiasco and what I'm seeing is people creating a world none of us want to live in. I do understand the anger they feel - I think many, many of us feel an extreme disenchantment as we watch all of our supportive systems fall apart around us. The corruption has gotten blatant (if there is no consequence for lying or cheating then why would it stop?), systems are overloaded, underfunded, poorly designed and understaffed so nothing seems to work as it should.
When we see things failing so spectacularly, it makes a certain kind of sense to be frustrated, angry and anxious, but what we forget in the trees of these emotions is that we are blaming someone else, and that feeling of helplessness is what is feeding those emotions. The good news is that these failures are OUR creation! We did this! That means that we can fix it! This is good news indeed!
This is a time ripe with promise as we discover we know enough to make significant changes in how we have lived to ensure a better life for everyone. We have mastered famine - IF we shift our agriculture in time and pay attention to distribution. We have fantastic tools to educate people and we have learned a great deal about how to learn, so ignorance can be a thing of the past. We are seeing cracks in our medical system so that we can now begin to pay attention to who people actually heal instead of using crude all or nothing methods (chemo and radiation, for instance). Surely these are all good things!
What stops us is our own unwillingness to take responsibility, to self-reflect, to act on what we know to be true. We are masters at self-seduction, illusion, projection (it's not me - it's him) and justification. It is THESE habits that are our real enemies. Trump is skilled at making it OK to feel these things. He provides scapegoats so his followers do can feel good about and seduced into believing they are OK. His stimulating their anger allows them to forget they feel powerless and allows them to express their resistance to change as outrage.
Fighting back is not the answer. Shame is the answer. Shame on us for treating them as 'other.' Disgust with ourselves for failing to understand people who are unwilling to look at themselves and then compassion for them for the pain they feel. It is up to US to deal with their anger and frustration by acknowledging it and encouraging them to become part of the solution, instead of ostracizing them. THIS is one way to begin to be the change we want to see.