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Robert Reich: What Must We Do Now?

My friends, this is a dark hour. Intolerance, cruelty, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and environmental destruction have been let loose across the land.

Trump controls the Republican Party, the Republican Party controls the House and Senate, and the Senate and Trump will soon control the Supreme Court.

Republicans also control both chambers in 32 states (33 if you count Nebraska) and 33 governorships. And in many of these states they are entrenching their power by gerrymandering and arranging to suppress votes.

Yet only 27 percent of Americans are Republican, and the vast majority of Americans disapprove of Trump. The GOP itself is now little more than Trump, Fox News, a handful of billionaire funders, and evangelicals who oppose a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage, and the Constitution’s separation of church and state.

So what are we – the majority – to do?

First and most importantly, do not give up. That’s what they want us to do. Then they’d have no opposition at all.

Second, in the short term, if you are represented by a Republican senator, do whatever you can to get him or her to reject Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, or, at the least, postpone consideration until after the midterm elections. Urge others to join with you. Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121

Third, make a ruckus. Demonstrate. Engage in non-violent civil disobedience. Fight lies with truth. Join the resistance. @IndivisibleTeam @swingleft @UpRiseDotOrg@MoveOn @Sister_District @flippable_org.

Fourth, don’t succumb to divisive incrimination over “who lost” the 2016 election (Hillary loyalists, Bernie supporters, Jill Stein voters, etc.). This will get us nowhere. We must be united.

Fifth, vote this November 6 for people who will stand up to the Trump Republican outrage. Mobilize and organize others to do so. Contact friends and relations in “red” states, and urge them to do the same.

Sixth, help lay the groundwork for the 2020 presidential election, so that even if Trump survives Mueller and impeachment he will not be reelected.

Finally, know that this fight will be long and hard. It will require our patience, our courage, and our resolve. The stakes could not be higher.


 

Copyright 2018 Robert Reich

2 comments on “Robert Reich: What Must We Do Now?

  1. Laura Chalfin
    July 12, 2018

    Unfortunately, the courts have been the last bastion of the Constitution, and this too will be lost if taken over by right-wing ideologues.

    If Democrats can’t stop the latest Supreme Court nomination, then they should do like the Republicans do when they regain power: don’t hesitate to change the rules. Make a new rule (actually a return to the traditional rule) that Supreme Court Justices must be confirmed by 60 votes, and any justices not confirmed in the past by 60 votes must submit to reconfirmation.

    In other words, stop bringing carrot sticks to knife fights. You can’t win against cheaters if you docilely accept the cheaters’ ad hoc rules.

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  2. Daniel R. Cobb
    July 11, 2018

    Hear, Hear! We must stay strong, we must stay united, we must stay engaged. Add to the above, join the Democratic Party and volunteer to help register new voters, and help get out the Vote in November. These times are incredibly disheartening, but these times are when our full-on resistance is needed the most!

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