From today’s NYT:
Nothing is safe or sacrosanct in Donald Trump’s developing governance team, and America had better start being alarmed about it and moving to actively oppose it.
He has chosen a man hostile to immigrants and with a complicated — to put it mildly — history on race to be attorney general.
He has chosen a man who is anti-abortion, pro-fetal “personhood,” and anti-Obamacare to be secretary of health and human services.
He has chosen a man who has criticized paid sick-leave policies and opposes increasing the federal minimum wage to lead the Department of Labor.
He has chosen a climate change denier and anti-environmental-regulation crusader to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
He has chosen a vocal proponent of school vouchers to run the Department of Education.
In a way, Trump seems to be trying to destroy these agencies from the inside out, the way a worm slowly devours an apple.
I know that it can feel like we are all drowning in a deluge of compounding outrages, with every headline about this impending administration appearing to one-up the last, but take heart.
You may have been on the losing side of this year’s election, but you are on the right side of history. In the final tally, courage will always defeat fear; love will always conquer hate; the beautiful diversity of America, and indeed all of humanity, will always outshine.
Thank you Mr. Blow for describing Trump’s America yet reminding us that this is but an aberration. American history is not on Trump’s side, it may seem like it at this particular moment four and a half decades from the beginning of the Reagan revolution, but it’s not. We know this to be true even if the evidence in all three branches of our national government currently indicate otherwise. Be strong, keep calm and carry on! We will make it though this, but we are going to have to work hard and smart to protect our shared public infrastructure that is there for all of us, not just those with money.