Resistance to Trump is About the Long Haul
Resisting budding fascism is not for those easily discouraged. Tom Nichols totally missed the point on this one:
“Still furious over the outcome of the election, Trump’s critics seize on every move as if there is a Watergate moment to be found if only they look hard enough. But even Nixon didn’t fall to a sudden scandal: He was a deeply consequential president who governed his way to a reelection landslide before his eventual resignation.”
Yes, but why are we furious?
1. How Trump ran his campaign-he got in through the birther door.
2. The process it self was tainted and tarnished thanks to James Comey’s late intervention which changed the outcome as well as Russian interference-the Senate intelligence panel is currently investigating whether anyone on the Trump campaign coordinated with or took payments from Russia.
And by the way, I don’t expect he’ll be impeached tomorrow morning, but we’re laying the groundwork. If there is a Dem House in 2018, there is a real chance of that especially if Trump flouts judicial orders.
Nichols is missing the point: we believe Trump is an unprecedented threat to the very Republic. If you believe that he’s’ an aspiring fascist you don’t go to sleep now and hibernate and check how he’s doing in 5 and a half years. If he is a crypto fascist, by then Hell already have won. Rather the resistance has to start ASAP to have any hope of keeping up with his unprecedented attack on American ideals.
His ‘nothing to see here’ approach would only make sense if you think Trump is a normal President. But nothing from how he campaigned, to how he won-Comey letter-to what he’s done in office in just two weeks is normal.
I do believe that one mistake Obama made was giving people too much faith that he alone could solve all our problems. He never told his adoring crowds this in 2008, He had warned it was a long haul. But I don’t think they believed him. Within six months of his being sworn in it was ‘I voted for Obama and everything is still awful. He lied to us. We’re never going to be fooled this way again.’
Of course, these folks never got off their butts for a second and tried voting in off year elections rather than condemning Obama all day. But I do think Obama’s-very naive talk-of post partisan Washington set many of them to think this way. Post partisan Washington gave people the wrong idea: that the battle can be won overnight.
Now I got the sense that many Democrats are now realizing: it’s the long game, You have to take the long view. This is true for Trump’s Muslim ban. Yes we got a big-temporary-win on Friday. But again-it’s temporary.
There is going to be a long term fight against Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from our country.
“Former top diplomats, tech giants blast immigration order as court showdown looms.”
“Fresh challenges to President Trump’s court-frozen immigration order took shape Monday with two former secretaries of state claiming the White House was undermining national security and nearly 100 Silicon Valley tech companies arguing it will keep the best minds from coming to America.”
“The powerful new voices were added with another legal showdown coming as early as Monday. The suspension of the order, meanwhile, has allowed those previously banned more time to try to reach the United States.”
“I can’t believe it. I am so happy,” said Anab Ali moments after her nephew, Mustafa Aidid, walked through the arrivals gate at Dulles International Airport on Monday — five days after the 22-year-old Somali was blocked from boarding a flight in Dubai despite a U.S. visa.
It’s good to have these tech giants on the right side of history. As Greg Sargent says, the place of Dem Governors is also going to be very important.
“In an interview with me, Jay Inslee, the Democratic governor of Washington, argued that this victory has broad significance, suggesting that this effort by the states could provide a model or a template for Democratic governors, states and others to mount further resistance to other aspects of Trump’s agenda on multiple fronts.”
“This demonstrates the importance of governors and states in the four-year battle to preserve the fundamental values of this country,” Inslee told me. “The nation needs checks against a president who’s prone to rogue behavior, and governors will assume a more important place in the democratic system.”
“Inslee suggested multiple ways in which Democratic governors can resist Trump. Governors can amplify the argument that the GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act could result in untold numbers of their constituents getting thrown off of Medicaid, if the GOP replacement block-grants the program to the states, making cuts to Medicaid funds over time more likely. Inslee said Dem governors are in the process of forming a “subterranean alliance with Republican governors who are now notifying Congress that cutting their funds is unacceptable.”
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