We’re all so distracted these days, it’s not hard to lapse into John Adams’s doom thoughts about the fragility of democracy from 1814.

This wasn’t the year we thought we’d have when it first begun and I have no wise words in which to close it out. I’m exhausted, burned out, and even slightly paranoid, but I’m also grateful for a lot of things. There’s a great deal of uncertainty about the future, but if my choices are to dwell in despair or try to make the best of it, then there’s really no choice at all. In fact, I’m oddly excited.

Happy New Year everyone, especially to our little 2PO civics community. Stay safe, be kind to one another, and keep fighting against the growing calls to end democracy! See you all in 2021!