Monday, November 28, 2016

What would Harvey do?

One of those "this-day-in-history" feeds reminded me yesterday that Nov. 27 was, among other things, the 38th anniversary of the assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in their City Hall offices by a former supervisor, Dan White.

When elected the previous year, Milk was among the first openly gay people to serve in public office; since his death, he's become something of a patron saint for the gay community.

So the interesting question to ask, in the aftermath of the 2016 general elections, is "What would Harvey do?" were he still among us.

One thing's clear --- he wouldn't be thrashing around looking for scapegoats to blame for the ascendency of Donald Trump, although he'd certainly be working to understand why and how it happened. He would be vigilant. And he most certainly would not be silent.

I liked this piece from The Denver Post focused on the thoughts of Tim Sweeney, former president and CEO of the Gill Foundation, and entitled "A plan for the loyal opposition in the Trump era." It's worth a read.

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