Johnny Townsend: Admitting up front that you’re too weak, powerless, and ineffective to accomplish anything significant is not a selling point.
Johnny Townsend: Many Democrats are conservationists with a strong belief in science, but even they don’t seem able to apply what they observe happening in nature to their own lives.
Johnny Townsend: I confess that it took me quite a while to realize how thoroughly unacceptable Israeli (not Jewish) policies toward Palestinians are.
Johnny Townsend: Moderate Democrats are not the wave of the future. If you haven’t understood that yet, then Trump winning a second term is on you, not me.
Johnny Townsend: We have to ask ourselves if giving up hamburgers or Hummers or holidays in Paris is a greater loss of comfort than living with increasingly severe droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and crop failures.
Johnny Townsend: “In the past twenty years, I’ve waited at bus stops at least an hour and a half every day. Do the math. That means I’ve spent more than an entire year just waiting for the bus.”
Johnny Townsend: If you act out of principle against every regressive tax, you’re making the lives of many poor and working class people harder, not easier. That’s a regressive act, too.
Johnny Townsend: Trump doesn’t care that progressives don’t like him. Neither does De Vos or Cruz or McConnell or any of the other people legislating oppression. If anything, our unhappiness is a bonus for them.
Johnny Townsend: I found myself shocked by the racism and sexism I witnessed among some of my gay friends in New Orleans, disturbed that so many people seemed unable to transform their own suffering into understanding the suffering of others.
Johnny Townsend: You can’t fight hate speech with no speech. People remaining silent never convinced a politician to vote for regulations limiting pollution. Silence never stopped a priest from continuing to abuse children.
Johnny Townsend: Maybe trying to slow down and reverse global warming is like a deluded patient taking snake oil to cure their ALS. We’re just kidding ourselves to think there is anything we can do.
Johnny Townsend: While I’ve moved from Mormonism to Judaism to atheism, I’m still struck by how often people use religion as justification for cruelty.
Johnny Townsend: Giving up the infighting only and always means progressives must let moderates control the discussion. It never means they’ll choose a bolder platform.