Savor the victories:
TAN did not publish for the past two weeks because of IT glitches, but the pause at this historic time also reflects a shift in mission. TAN was born in 2015 as a resistance tool against the damage that might be done by a Trump presidency. Readers were tireless in their advocacy both against Trumpism and for progressive causes. This advocacy led to victories on healthcare, in the 2018 midterm elections and finally with the 2020 election of Joe Biden as President and a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate.
It is fitting that we take a moment to savor the victories. Already we see progress in the plan to fight Covid 19 and in cancelling many of Trump’s hurtful policies.
TAN writers and the HDC Executive Committee questioned whether TAN should continue now that we have a Democratic House, Senate and President. Resistance to Trump is no longer necessary, but as President Biden said in his inaugural address, “Folks, this is a time of testing. We face an attack on our democracy and on truth, a raging virus, growing inequity, the sting of systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America’s role in the world. Any one of these will be enough to challenge us in profound ways.” As the President points out there is much work to do to “heal our broken land”, so TAN commits to that new purpose.