A friend sent me this video yesterday. Until I watched it, I'd never heard of musician Radney Foster. Neither a name or a message I will forget again.
Those of us living in Wisconsin have experienced six years of all three branches of government being in the hands of one political party, Republicans in this case. We have seen our proud history of progressivism shredded so fast that I think it has many of us particularly fearful of what the results of the national election might bring.
We know how quickly and completely the world as one knows it can shift. Our state government seems to now function only to restrict our rights, denigrate and defund our great University, and sell off our public lands for profit rather than preserve them for the next generation.
This video is chilling, but what we've seen in our state has made me realize how fragile democracy is — and why thinking about the future this way may not be as paranoid as I once would have thought.