Some former congressional staffers are taking a lesson from the Tea Party’s playbook to craft an organized resistance to the rise of the Trump State.
They’ve written a handbook called “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda,” which is freely available for downloading, sharing and editing. It might actually work.
Here’s a sample of their manifesto:
Together, we have the power to resist — and we have the power to win.
We know this because we’ve seen it before. The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own MoCs [members of Congress] to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism — and they won.
We believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting a similar resistance to the Trump agenda — but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. Trump is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large congressional majorities. If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.
For those of us who were gobsmacked by the election of Donald Trump, “Indivisible” provides a roadmap to getting engaged in the Trump resistance movement — we just need to pitch in, create solidarity and work the system like the Tea Party did.
While you’re at it, you might want to read “The Future of Resistance,” a report by Joseph P. Williams in U.S. News and World Report.
Since he won the White House in a stunning upset last month, a growing progressive movement has emerged to fight back against the twin conservative agendas of Trump and congressional Republicans, who’ll jointly institute one-party control of the national government next month. Organizers say the campaign, intended to disrupt the GOP’s plans to dismantle Obamacare, among other issues, centers on grassroots organization, will involve deep-pocketed super PACs working with ground-level ad-hoc groups, and will fight fire with fire on social media and in TV ads.