Sunday, November 20, 2016

Resistance in the first 100 days - why and how

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Time to take our country back. Pitts has had it with calls for healing and compromise. Do we get on board with the KKK? With violence against women? With systematic dismantling of our social safety net? Do these represent American values? Pitts lays out the rationale for resistance in the first 100 days and beyond.

… the call to let Trump lead and hope for his success fails to address obvious questions: Where is he leading us? How are we defining success? Should we applaud even if he “leads” us into another unnecessary Middle East conflagration? Are we expected to be happy if his “success” comes in criminalizing abortion?

Frankly, I won’t cheer him even if he is not a disaster. In the unlikely event the man who considers global warming a Chinese hoax took action to stem that threat, I’d be happy, yes. On the improbable chance the man who swore to repeal the Affordable Care Act crafted something better, I would be glad, sure.

But at the end of the day, the man who did those things would still be a misogynist and a bigot.

Forgive me — or don’t; I really don’t care — if that remains a deal breaker for me. I refuse to participate in this process of organized amnesia, to cooperate in normalizing a man who stands for everything America should not.

So what now? Well, now those of us who feel the same way must make it a priority to get off our assets and vote in 2018. And in the meantime, resist.

Sunday evening on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver offered a list of organizations that defend the causes and peoples that will be most threatened in the coming Reich and suggested you volunteer them your time and money. I think that’s a great idea, so I pass his list on to you:

Planned Parenthood (plannedparenthood.org); the Center for Reproductive Rights (reproductiverights.org); the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org); the International Refugee Assistance Project (refugeerights.org), the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (naacpldf.org); the Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth (thetrevorproject.org); and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (maldef.org). I’d also add the Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org) and the American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org).

Robert Reich and Elizabeth Warren have more.

Robert Reich lists the steps in The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda.

Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse. Here’s the First 100 Day resistance agenda …

Here are some of the steps.

  • Letters to Editors: A national letter-writing campaign, from people all over the country, every walk of life and every level of society, from celebrities to sports heroes to grassroots Americans. In most papers, the Letters to the Editor section is the most-read part of the paper.
  • Op-Eds: A steady flow of arguments about the fallacies and dangers of Trump’s First 100 Day policies and initiatives, from name-brand thinkers and doers to ordinary folk writing for their city’s or community’s newspaper.
  • Social media: What about a new YouTube channel devoted to video testimonials about resisting Trump’s First 100 Day Agenda? Crowd-sourced ideas, themes and memes. Who wants to start it?
  • Intellectual opposition: Take Trump on where he’s weakest—with serious ideas. I’ll try to do my part. You do yours, too.

And get your Representatives and Senators on board.

  • Get Democrats in the Congress and across the country to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda. Prolong the process of approving choices, draw out hearings, stand up as sanctuary cities and states. Take a stand. Call your senator and your representative (phone calls are always better than writing). Your senator’s number: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/. Your representative’s number: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

Like Elizabeth Warren is already doing.

Elizabeth Warren promises a fight. Read the letter Elizabeth Warren says she sent to Donald Trump about his transition team. “The millions of Americans who voted for you—and the millions who didn’t—will all be watching you.”

With the letter, Warren joins fellow New England Sens. Bernie Sanders and Sheldon Whitehouse, who have criticized Trump for breaking his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., by including lobbyists and industry insiders on his transition team.

Warren devotes roughly five pages to listing the specific transition team members to whom she objects. At the end of the letter, she calls on Trump to “remove the lobbyists and financial bigwigs from your transition team and reinstate a group of advisors who will fight for the interests of all Americans.”

“Let me be clear,” Warren warned the president-elect. “Should you refuse, I will oppose you, every step of the way, for the next four years.”

We common folks should do the same with our words and actions.

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