Originally published in the Winter 2022 edition of the Virginia Defender, issue 67, printed February 3. Reproduced here for accessibility and archival purposes. To find other stories in the Winter 2022 issue or to download the full PDF, see this post. For the full web catalog, see our Full Issues page.

This is not the Winter of our Discontent.

Actually, mere discontentment would be a big improvement. This is the winter of our anxiety. Our apprehension. Our growing fear.

We’re nearly two years into the pandemic. There have been 890,000 deaths in this country alone and 5.7 million worldwide. Even so, we are ALL so profoundly tired of isolating, wearing masks, getting jabs and feeling permanently worried sick about our children and our elders.

Global warming? Is there really anybody left who doesn’t think that’s a real thing? The biggest this in history, the worst that, the coldest the other, the hottest … Mother Nature is not pleased, and she’s showing it.

And just wait till the Atlantic rises enough to drown Virginia Beach and salinate the James River. You know, the one we get our water from. Maybe then the skeptics will come around?

And in the political field?

The most disgusting person ever to hold the presidency – and sure, there have been lots worse, but Trump is still the human incarnation of a steaming pile of fresh dog poop – just had two comeback rallies, one in Arizona, the other in Texas. People lined up for hours to get in. Media reports put each crowd at about 15,000.

And this is AFTER the openly racist, misogynist, pathologically narcissistic, feral excuse for a human being egged on – at the very least – a mob of thousands of violent fanatics who stormed Congress in an open attempt to overturn a presidential election.

Discontent? Not even close.

Between the ongoing pandemic, accelerating global warming and a growing right-wing mass movement, there’s a lot to be anxious about. Throw in inflation, a new COVID “variant” and a crumbling for-profit health care system and it’s no wonder they’re trying to distract us with talk of another war.

Folks, this is no time to give up. Take a break. Go to the woods or the beach. Walk around a park. Hang out with your honey.

But then come back, roll up your sleeves and get back to work building the mass, independent, multiracial, multigender, multi-issue movement that is the only thing that can get us out of this growing crisis.



See you on the barricades.

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