I am reminded of a story told by a evolution scientist named Grant.  He and his wife did a ten year study on the Galápagos Islands.  Their work was one of the most thorough documentations of the process of evolution.  They actually made predictions of how the animals and plants would respond to the changes in the weather and then documented the change.  He found himself on a long plane ride and the subject of what he did became the topic of conversation with the man sitting next to him.  When Grant described in detail how the beaks of finches over several generations expanded in response to drier conditions, the other man was fascinated.  However, when Grant finished his description with a statement something like, "It is one of the firmest proofs of the process of evolution so far," the other man froze up and in a flash reverted to his evangelical (i.e. conservative) mindset and rejected everything Grant had just told him.  The point is that many people are more influenced by standard templates or models over detailed facts.  The man was impressed until he ran into a flag that had summed up his feelings/fears/idea/whatever - evolution - and to him, like the man Trump wants to be the Attorney General, evolution comes to us "straight from the pit of Hell."  His brain stopped working.
I am amused to see that Obamacare has suddenly become popular.  And angered that people whose mentality is so unmoored from facts that they can change their opinion in a moment.  I have even read that many people make up their minds about who they will vote for in the voting booth.  They don't know who they want until the final moment.  Of course the irony here in my rant about rigid and fact-indifferent thinking is that I can predict with virtual certainty whether I will vote for the progressive or the conservative in 2036.
I have always thought that Obama knew that the smart way to manage health care finances was the way the rest of the modern world does it and he knew that he couldn't prevail on the troglodytes to drag the USA into the twentieth century from the nineteenth century.  So he built ACA, knowing that the only way to destroy ACA was to do what Obama intended to do in the beginning.  They can call the correct system Trumpcare if that's what they need to do.  It will have many of the same features as ACA but the man in the next seat on the airplane won't care or won't see that it is Obamacare completed because it will be flying the correct flag.
It is a little like something I did at St. Olaf in the days when we were attempting to reorient US policy in Vietnam from war to peace.  On a bathroom wall I drew a peace sign.  The next day, the janitor scrubbed it out.  I redrew it.  He scrubbed it out again.  We went on like that for a couple weeks.  The janitor quit when he realized that he had scrubbed through the top layer of paint, exposing the next layer of lighter paint beneath it.  He had himself etched a peace symbol on the bathroom wall.  I was young and easily amused in those days.
From a posting of how to deal with a Trump administration
1. Do not obey in advance. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked. You've already done this, haven't you? Stop. Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.
2. Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of "our institutions" unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don't protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.
3. Recall professional ethics. When the leaders of state set a negative example, professional commitments to just practice become much more important. It is hard to break a rule-of-law state without lawyers, and it is hard to have show trials without judges.
4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words. Look out for the expansive use of "terrorism" and "extremism." Be alive to the fatal notions of "exception" and "emergency." Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.
5. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that all authoritarians at all times either await or plan such events in order to consolidate power. Think of the Reichstag fire. The sudden disaster that requires the end of the balance of power, the end of opposition parties, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Don't fall for it.
6. Be kind to our language. Avoid pronouncing the phrases everyone else does. Think up your own way of speaking, even if only to convey that thing you think everyone is saying. (Don't use the internet before bed. Charge your gadgets away from your bedroom, and read.) What to read? Perhaps "The Power of the Powerless" by Václav Havel, 1984 by George Orwell, The Captive Mind by Czesław Milosz, The Rebel by Albert Camus, The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, or Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev.
7. Stand out. Someone has to. It is easy, in words and deeds, to follow along. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But without that unease, there is no freedom. And the moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.
8. Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.
9. Investigate. Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you. Bookmark PropOrNot or other sites that investigate foreign propaganda pushes.
10. Practice corporeal politics. Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Make new friends and march with them.
11. Make eye contact and small talk. This is not just polite. It is a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, break down unnecessary social barriers, and come to understand whom you should and should not trust. If we enter a culture of denunciation, you will want to know the psychological landscape of your daily life.
12. Take responsibility for the face of the world. Notice the swastikas and the other signs of hate. Do not look away and do not get used to them. Remove them yourself and set an example for others to do so.
13. Hinder the one-party state. The parties that took over states were once something else. They exploited a historical moment to make political life impossible for their rivals. Vote in local and state elections while you can.
14. Give regularly to good causes, if you can. Pick a charity and set up autopay. Then you will know that you have made a free choice that is supporting civil society helping others doing something good.
15. Establish a private life. Nastier rulers will use what they know about you to push you around. Scrub your computer of malware. Remember that email is skywriting. Consider using alternative forms of the internet, or simply using it less. Have personal exchanges in person. For the same reason, resolve any legal trouble. Authoritarianism works as a blackmail state, looking for the hook on which to hang you. Try not to have too many hooks.
16. Learn from others in other countries. Keep up your friendships abroad, or make new friends abroad. The present difficulties here are an element of a general trend. And no country is going to find a solution by itself. Make sure you and your family have passports.
17. Watch out for the paramilitaries. When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-Leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the game is over.
18. Be reflective if you must be armed. If you carry a weapon in public service, God bless you and keep you. But know that evils of the past involved policemen and soldiers finding themselves, one day, doing irregular things. Be ready to say no. (If you do not know what this means, contact the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and ask about training in professional ethics.)
19. Be as courageous as you can. If none of us is prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die in unfreedom.
20. Be a patriot. The incoming president is not. Set a good example of what America means for the generations to come. They will need it."
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