The Good Men Project Call with the Publisher November 13, 2020.
Welcome to our Friday Call with the Publisher. I’m Lisa Hickey, Publisher of The Good Men Project and we’ve been having these calls for the past 10 years. The past 10 years which have seen to have flown by in a nanosecond — all except this past year, which has seemed to stretch out forever.
First I want to say thank you. Thank you for helping us get where we are today.
- Every vote helped.
- Everytime Trump’s abuses of power were called out helped.
- Every poll worker, phone banker, asking a friend for their voting plan helped.
- Every voter who stood in line to vote in places like Georgia helped.
- Everyone who said “we need everyone getting out to vote, even in a pandemic, to overcome voter suppression” – they all helped.
People who called in from around the world to say “we see what is happening too” helped.
It. All. Helped.
Together we helped save democracy in the United States, and right now, it looks like it is holding.
Thank you all for your leadership.
I’m going to talk quickly about 1 negative thing and 2 positive ones.
So if you don’t want to hear the hear the negative thing I’m about to say, cover your ears with your hands and says to yourself ‘na na na I’m not listening” (put your phone on mute first).
Old boys network — abusers surrounding themselves with other abusers.
- Steve Bannon
- Paul Manafort
- Roger Stone
- Michael Flynn
- George Papadopoulos
- Rick Gates
- Michael Cohen
- Jeffrey Epstein — Ghislaine Maxwell
- Chris Collins R-NY
- Duncan Hunter R-Cal
A lot of guys I know — progressive guys, good guys — want to know “why is it always the bad guys that got the girls”? this is a generalization — so I am just repeating a word OTHER GUYS used.
It’s that dynamic. The “bad guys” had a layer of protection around them to hide the fact that they were abusers in some way.
Maybe it was cheating or sexual predatory or stealing or just boys being boys. but they knew how to cover it up. And sometimes they got women to help them.
And these guys, grew up into the adults I mentioned above.
But the tide is changing.
Michael Rowe wrote this:
One of Trump’s biggest mistakes was attempting to weaponize President Elect Biden’s love for his son, Hunter. While it may have made sense to a broken sociopath who emotionally abused his sons the way his father abused him, and therefore never understood the role of father’s love in the formation of his children, it was a grave miscalculation that depended almost entirely on the majority of American fathers being as shitty has he is. Unfortunately for Trump, they’re not. Forcing Biden to defend Hunter’s addiction challenges in public merely burnished Biden’s image as a strong, nurturing father and made Trump look smaller, weaker and crueller than usual. In retrospect it was probably the wrong dragon for Trump to have awoken.
I started this call with hope, and I’m going to end with hope.
Here is a quote from Howard Zinn:
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It gives us the energy to act.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places–and there are so many–where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
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