How do you deprogram your parents from their world of Roger Ailes-induced false dichotomies? My dad literally said to me, “Nancy Pelosi is just as bad as Mitch McConnell.” I don’t think he can name one thing Nancy Pelosi has done that’s beyond the pale, other than being a woman in a position of power.
Seriously, why don’t Salon/Jezebel/n+1/The New York Times op-ed section/literally anyone with a command of the facts offer a “teach your parents real facts about American life and politics” service? I would pay SO MUCH MONEY to have my parents go through a weekend workshop that quickly taught all the stuff I’ve absorbed from years of osmosis reading news articles.
All y’all need to stop writing articles about societal problems and start making cheatsheets of how to explain them to your parents in such a way that they don’t immediately get defensive. That is the only way we’re going to get real political change in this country.
(P.S. How do you deal with the accusation that if you don’t either run a company or volunteer/work full-time for a charity, your thoughts on society are all rhetoric and you’re a huge hypocrite? ‘Cause I know there’s got to be a way, but I’ve got nothing.)
If you like Dave Chappelle, you’re probably aware that he dropped out of show business for the most part a while back, and now does random shows whereever and whenever he feels like it, with little to no warning. I’ve long dreamt of going to one of Chappelle’s pop-ups, and he seems to have a special fondness for the Bay Area, because he does them here quite a bit (though they’re usually in Oakland). Apparently he’ll call a venue, sometimes just a day or two in advance, and book the space (adios, moderately famous indie band previously scheduled for the night). He can do this because he charges $55 for tickets, and his shows sell out in literally one minute. Luckily, my friend Peter was sitting by the computer hitting the refresh button like a maniac when the tickets went up, and was able to purchase a pair. Even more luckily, he invited me with him.