By Kimberley A. Johnson
American voters have a small window of opportunity with the 2018 midterm elections.
If Democrats take back the House and win more Senate seats, and if Trump is forced to resign or is impeached before his first term is up, we'll have an opportunity to view the 2016 election as an anomaly. The key will be to return to time-honored traditions quickly and get back a sense of normalcy. If we can accomplish this, we'll be able to cite Trump's time in office as a cautionary tale–something to learn from and avoid at all costs. It will take time to repair the damage that’s already been done, but it can be done.
If Democrats fail to seize the moment -- and spend their time arguing amongst themselves -- the window of opportunity will close. Repairing the nation will be significantly more difficult and it may never return to what it once was–imperfect but still great.
Russian propaganda will be more sophisticated and much more difficult to identify. Be mindful of this and make the effort to not have knee-jerk, emotional reactions -- especially when there might be a kernel of truth to an outright fallacy. Propaganda is manipulative and that's the entire point. Those who spread propaganda understand how to trigger feelings of anger and fear and they count on emotional reactions. They don't want folks to use their critical thinking skills. Recognizing what is propaganda and what isn't won't be easy, however we, as a country, must prevail. Take the time to research before reacting. In other words, don't believe everything you read, even if you agree with it.
Our number one goal needs to be electing progressive Democrats and securing our elections. Voters are not all going to agree on every issue. We don't have to. We just have to agree (for now) that progressives must win and we have to turn red states purple and purple states blue.
We have to or we'll lose America.
There are more of us. Let's do this.