Leslie Knope Reminds Us That the U.S. Isn’t a “Hatred-Swirled Slop Pile”
Thankfully, one of the greatest political minds of our generation has spoken up about the election. We refer, of course, to Pawnee, Indiana’s own Leslie Knope from the TV comedy Parks and Recreation.
Sure, she might not be real, but she didn’t let that stop her from writing an editorial for Vox. After invoking Winston Churchill’s famous quote “Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other forms that have been tried,” using a story involving a T. Rex that eats farts, she writes this:
I acknowledge that Donald Trump is the president. I understand, intellectually, that he won the election. But I do not accept that our country has descended into the hatred-swirled slop pile that he lives in. I reject out of hand the notion that we have thrown up our hands and succumbed to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and crypto-fascism. I do not accept that. I reject that. I fight that. Today, and tomorrow, and every day until the next election, I reject and fight that story.
I work hard and I form ideas and I meet and talk to other people who feel like me, and we sit down and drink hot chocolate (I have plenty) and we plan. We plan like mofos. We figure out how to fight back, and do good in this infuriating world that constantly wants to bend toward the bad. And we will be kind to each other, and supportive of each other’s ideas, and we will do literally anything but accept this as our fate.
We agree, as we always do, with Leslie Knope (and the former Parks and Recreation writer who wrote this essay, we guess).
As characters from NBC shows go, we definitely would have preferred a Knope presidency to one from that loud guy from The Apprentice.
(Featured photo courtesy NBC.)