Post-election mandate: Let’s get into some good trouble

I can’t start my days like this anymore — checking the news and seeing the latest assault on truth, decency and the Constitution from the president-elect.

Along with the lies and ignorance, each morning brings the “body count” reflecting the popular vote from the Nov. 8 election. It’s at negative-2.8 million for this guy now. Not that it matters.

Every morning, I put the coffee on, settle in front of the laptop and my mood darkens, my blood pressure rises.

I’ll share a post or two on Facebook, fire off a snarky tweet (sound familiar?) and after a fleeting moment of righteousness and catharsis … depression and helplessness set in. This morning it’s 30 degrees and snowing, and the house is chilly — and I started sweating as I read yet another lie, saw yet another photo of the arrogant man who would be king.

It can set the tone for the day if I’m not careful.

I need to stop. It’s not healthy.

Here’s my plan — read a little less, do a lot more. I’m offering my services to human rights organizations, not-for-profits and agencies that help the oppressed, disenfranchised and bullied. The awful evening of Nov. 8 put a bigger target on their backs.

So if there’s an organization out there that needs help fighting the good fight, I’m available. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be related to my profession as a writer and editor. I need to join the ranks of those already working to stop what this man and his followers are planning.

As U.S. Rep. and Civil Rights leader John Lewis said, let’s get into some good trouble. Contact me here or via


About Jim McKeever

Writer, father, runner, advocate based in Central New York.
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9 Responses to Post-election mandate: Let’s get into some good trouble

  1. I like your idea for good trouble Jim!

    and I must admit, even here north of the 49th, the news down there is depressing me!

    Which is why I started a new project this Christmas — and if you are willing to take a look at the website and give me any feedback you can to make it better, I’d love your input! I really like your writing style, and your heart! the website is: — we are just editing the first series of videos — they’ll be online hopefully later this week.

    As you will see, it started out as about homelessness and being housed — however, the videos are all about recovery so I’m thinking of shifting the focus for the project to be about stories of recovery — so that those in recovery from addictions, tough times in life, anything, can share snippets of what it means to them — and in the process, give hope to others…

    I realize I’m in Canada, and not really part of helping out down there — but… I’d love your help if you have the time.

    Blessings. Louise


    • Jim McKeever says:

      Absolutely, Louise! I just took a quick look at the site and will give it more attention soon. I already like how the Contact page automatically filled in my info. Good stuff. I’ll contact you through that link with any suggestions I have. Thank you very much. Jim

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  2. chmjr2 says:

    All we can do is to try and do good works. I do find myself not reading everything in the news and make an effort not to read opinion articles, even the ones I may agree with. By doing this I find my mood is getting better. Please do not misunderstand I still keep up with current news I just do not need nor want the 24/7 news tidal wave. Best of luck with your efforts and let us know how it works out. By the way try to have a merry Christmas and enjoy the magic of the season.

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  3. Call or send a letter to the electors in the electoral college. The site below has more details. It is possible that this actually might do something. I’m as depressed as you are.


  4. WHen good trouble equals good works there is always hope Jim.


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