As we move through Month Three of the Trump Tantrum the NY Times continues the fun by dissociating from reality, or something. This self-help piece by Lesley Alderman seems timely yet unfocused:
The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking
Here’s a New Year’s challenge for the mind: Make this the year that you quiet all those negative thoughts swirling around your brain.
All humans have a tendency to be a bit more like Eeyore than Tigger, to ruminate more on bad experiences than positive ones. It’s an evolutionary adaptation that helps us avoid danger and react quickly in a crisis.
But constant negativity can also get in the way of happiness, add to our stress and worry level and ultimately damage our health. And some people are more prone to negative thinking than others. Thinking styles can be genetic or the result of childhood experiences, said Judith Beck, a psychologist and the president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. Children may develop negative thinking habits if they have been teased or bullied, or experienced blatant trauma or abuse. Women, overall, are also more likely to ruminate than men, according to a 2013 study.
On the other hand, in social and/or political circles where status is elevated by victimhood, negative thinking may be the way to go. In any case, the reader revolt in the comments confirms that plenty of progressives have no intention of finding anything positive about the current environment.
Yet in a different story we actually find unexpected positivity and imagination from - please sit down - NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio. He is making the same point about Trump's son-in-law and key adviser that many others have made yet few progs seem able to embrace:
Jared Kushner Named Senior White House Adviser to Donald Trump
The scion of a prominent Democratic family active in New Jersey politics, Mr. Kushner showed few early signs that he would become a national political power player. A Harvard graduate, he is a lifelong Democrat, liberal on social issues. Like his ideologically limber father-in-law, he has donated to Democratic candidates.
Mr. Kushner’s appointment was greeted with relief by some liberals, including Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, who views him as moderating influence in a Trump West Wing dominated by hard-line conservatives. “I respect him a lot,” Mr. de Blasio said when asked about Mr. Kushner on Monday. “I’ve known him for years and find him to be a very reasonable person.”
My goodness. Like Trump himself, or Mike Bloomberg, Kushner is almost surely a "cut taxes, cut regulation" Northeastern Republican who has no interest in the social conservative agenda. In the rest of the country, he would be considered a staunch liberal. Yet progressives will freak out by this appointment anyway, because Trump.