Kenneth Bernstein, who blogs at The Daily Kos as Teacher Ken, calls attention to a perceptive statement by former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden writes:

“The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America. Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight?”

One man has brought the forces of darkness out of the shadows.

What can we do?

“We have to do what our president has not. We have to uphold America’s values. We have to do what he will not. We have to defend our Constitution. We have to remember our kids are watching. We have to show the world America is still a beacon of light.”

The way to begin is to vote in 2018. Flip the Senate. Flip the House. Flip the state legislature. Go to town halls. Speak to your elected officials. Give them a spine if they don’t have one. Support candidates who support the common good. Insist that they speak up for public schools. Insist that they support adequate and equitably funded public schools, for the sake of our children and our future.