Don’t give up

There’s a lot of upheaval in the American political system right now. 

Donald Trump is violating political norms in ways that we haven’t seen before. In ways that are both dangerous and confusing.

Most people are disoriented — including people who work in government and politics. 

No one has experience dealing with this. No one is very good at it yet. 

Getting good at things takes time. We’re still learning to deal with this new reality.

But a lot of people care deeply about this country and the world. A lot of good people are working to figure it out.

Republicans are reacting to disorientation one way; Democrats are reacting another way. But they’re all figuring things out, and there are good people in both parties.

A lot of awful things are happening — and a lot of people are working to make good things happen. 

It’s hard, but it’s not hopeless. It’s frightening — but we should not let fear become despair. 

If we don’t give up, we can figure out what to do.