Now There’s a Handbook for Resisting Trumpism

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump AgendaSome 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.

One comment

  • Eileen Hutchison
    January 3, 2017 - 6:32 pm | Permalink


    By S. Hutchison (@LCR2017)
    I’ve been reading the online stuff now for a while. Yes, Donald Trump is not forming and administration but a regime. (An administration is something that is legitimized by how it administers its power for the common good, regimes…not so much.) And yes, it’s likely to require something akin to a revolution to change what’s happening in this world. But revolutions usually turn out to be rudderless ships that also run out of steam when many of those revolutionaries riding in them become frustrated and demotivated. The ones who don’t get that way were in the revolution only for the power it would give them, anyway. But revolutionary groups usually seem like such a good idea at first. After all, there’s strength in numbers on both sides of a revolution, right?
    Only sort of. Is it really a matter of revolution…or resistance? I’d like to make the case for being more mindful of the absolute necessity for resistance in the kinds of situations that face us today. The whole Western World is veering toward fascism, it would seem. (By the way, the Groupthink that envelopes that fascism has also developed another big lie: “We’re not fascists, we’re populists!”) A revolution—or even a group of revolutions—will, in the end, give way only to more power struggles. That is simply because the conflicts are always “group versus group;” in other words, they are always “Groupthink versus Groupthink.” What gets lost in all this revolutionary zeal is the real power that belongs to each and every one of us as individuals. You see, I’ve spent enough time in groups and with individuals to notice a few things that you need to know, too. One of the most important ones is that no group can have a conscience. That belongs only to individuals. A group might have a common goal of sorts, but that simply becomes part of the internal propaganda of the group—the Groupthink. While Groupthink can be based upon either truth or lies, conscience requires truth. Only free individuals can have, use and respond to conscience. And that conscience is what finally leads to change that frees not only individuals but society too. Conscience and truth, not Groupthink, are what empowers resistance for the long haul.
    For those of you who like to use metaphors, think of it as “The Force” from the Star Wars movies. Conscience and truth, in my experience anyway, are things that work on people in ways that are far stronger and longer-lasting than rallies and slogans. They act like a kind of catalyst, a force that flows between individuals. Conscience and truth flow between them as a silent form of communication. Witness how those in Nazi Germany kept some level of resistance going in spite of their inability to organize effectively and the immense danger around them. They were simply individuals empowered by their consciences and knowledge of the truth, no matter what the propaganda told them. No, those things alone did not win the war, but they became the basis for the peace that followed, a peace that did not immediately look for ways to regain lost power.
    I doubt that Trump will be defeated only by people of conscience wielding their weapons of truth. In all likelihood it will also take some serious organization and group motivation. That’s because a lot of people voted for the sociopath simply because they were only comfortable following a group that appeared strong and self-assured. However, without maintaining individual freedom and conscience, what we might get on the other side of all of this might lead to newer forms of the same old power struggles.

    Want to read more? Search for “Personal Freedom” in the Amazon Kindle store or go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8WNowCaNE4vYzZ6UHhNNlgteDQ/view

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