As proud members of the reality-based community, liberals understand that a more “presidential” Trump will not be revealing himself once his tiny, greed-centered hands are officially – and firmly – around the neck of power.
Not only is he devoid of the rudimentary knowledge of basic civics, Trump is an autocrat whose rise to power, in many ways, mirrors another more infamous tyrant whose name is now synonymous with evil – right down to the legion of conservative enablers who sycophantically sold out their people and their government in the hopes of hitching a ride on his coattails.
The good news, I suppose, is that the modern Republican Party has exposed itself as the fraud that it is. Since before Reagan urinated on our legs and swore it was tricking, the Republican Party has had to pretend all their kiss up/kick down attempts to undermine democracy, weaken government and turn the uppity, economically vibrant, New Deal-created politically powerful “working class” into the more easily exploitable and compliant “working poor” were designed to make American institutions and people stronger. Thus, when their conservative chickens come home to roost in failure, as they always do, the GOP calls for more and more of their destructive measures as “remedies” for the very destruction.
Hopefully, all normal Americans (non-Republicans) can finally agree that Republicans are self-aggrandizing fascists who say anything to gain power and would happily watch us all scrounge for scraps on a polluted and war-ravaged planet as long as they can reap personal profit.
It makes no difference to establishment Republicans that Hillary Clinton received over 2 and a half million more votes than the Orange Menace, just as it makes no difference that Trump didn’t run on the granny-starving budget that seems to give Lyin’ Paul Ryan’s reason to get out of bed in the morning. They’re happy doing their part in the hopes that they can, at least, kick millions of Americans off their health insurance.
He’s taken both left and right stances on a myriad of issues. The only constant we can point to is his long standing admiration for dictators and that he shares the madness of all history’s monsters, namely, believing himself the “only one” who can “fix it.”
This isn’t Normal. Don’t Let Them Tell You Otherwise
Now that we know what we’re up against, what do we do? First, we call a fascist a fascist and we don’t concede an inch. Don’t fall into complacency or allow yourself to be lulled by the corporate media into thinking being ruled by a mobbed up emotionally stunted Klan-endorsed narcissist lying reality TV huckster with a fragile ego, dictator-envy a penchant for sexual assault who thinks torture is “strength” and preys on fears and economic insecurity by inciting violence against targeted minority groups is “normal.” It’s not. Trump is a liar who is already using his bully pulpit to spread lies. He’s addicted to Fox News – a propaganda channel proven to make its viewers less informed than those who watch no news at all. He’s surrounded himself with white supremacists and right wing conspiracy theorists that think reality is a liberal plot. One thing is certain, many will suffer and even pay the ultimate price in this dark time, but if we remain united, engaged and proactive, we may be able to survive and send these ugly, divisive, greed-centered ghouls masquerading as “public servants” to where all their ilk eventually end up – in the dung heap of history.
How to Fight Back Against Fascism
Support progressive media.
The American Revolution began in whispers in tea shops and gained momentum through pamphlets where progressives dared dream of a government of, by and for the people, rather than a king and his intergenerational aristocracy. This is our modern equivalent. We don’t have the Koch Brothers. We have each other. It’s up to us to spread the word. Turn your friends on to FYINation.com and tell them to download the Progressive Voices app. These are the platforms that carry my shows “It Sucks to be Right” and the “It Sucks to be Right: Tarabuster.” Support progressive media like Democracy Now. The Young Turks Network and Free Speech TV.
We are the voice of the resistance in this fascist age of post-truth Trump.
As Robert Reich wrote recently detailed in a Newsweek piece, “Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it.” Straight out of the fascist autocrat playbook, Trump is waging a war the only profession considered so sacrosanct to democracy; it is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution – the free press.
Join “Our Revolution” and take over the Democratic Party
Bernie Sanders has forgotten more about the inner workings of this Washington than many of us will know in a lifetime. As a man consistently on the right side of history, I trust his judgment and commitment to remain involved, pushing the Democratic Party to embrace the progressive agenda that built the middle class to begin with. I’m all in with “Our Revolution” as a way to infiltrate the Democratic Party from and make it, once again, the party of the people.
Everything is politics. Like the law of cause and effect, the present state of the nation is not an accident, but a result of political choices. If we want to predict the future, there’s no need to call a “Psychic Friend.” All we have to do is look at the policies we’re implementing today.
As I stated in a recent “Two-Minute Tirade”, Trump is a fascist – but fascism doesn’t take root by accident. History and reality tell us that “President Trump” is the direct result of 30 years neoliberal policies that aided in the destruction of the working class, funneled money to the top and turned the US from the most to the least upwardly mobile with the widest income gap of all industrialized nations.
Neoliberalism is not the remedy for fascism – it’s what lays the foundation for fascism in the first place. As such, we have a duty to force the Democratic Party to jettison its pro-corporate “Republican Lite” neoliberal wing.
Like President Harry Truman warned in 1952, “I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat.”
Getting involved with your local Democratic Party is way we can build a firewall against fascism and a progressive party of the future.
Action is the Remedy for Despair.
Don’t get angry. Get active. It’s time we pull out the stops and emerge ourselves in the resistance to fascism.
Here’s a list of suggestions from Robert Reich, originally detailed in a post titled, “The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda“:
- 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 can be found here. Your representative’s number can be found here.
- March and demonstrate — in a coordinated, well-managed way. The “1 million women march” is already scheduled for the Inauguration — and will be executed with real skill. There will be “sister” marches around the country — in LA and elsewhere. They need to be coordinated and orchestrated. And then? 1 Million Muslims? 1 Million Latinos? What would keep the momentum alive and keep the message going?
- Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything. And then boycott all stores (like Nordstrom) that carry merchandise from Trump family brands.
- 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?
- Website containing up-to-date daily bulletins on what actions people are planning around the country, and where, so others can join in. Techies, get organized.
- Investigative journalism: We need investigative journalists to dig into the backgrounds of all of Trump’s appointees, in the White House, the cabinet, ambassadors and judges.
- Lawsuits: Our version of “Drill, baby, drill” is “Sue, baby, sue.” Throw sand in the gears. Lawyers, get organized.
- Coordinated fund-raising: Rather than having every public-interest group appeal on their own, have a coordinated fund-raising program to fill the coffers of the most endangered and effective opposition groups. Is there a way to do a televised fundraiser with celebrities raising money for the Resistance?
- Symbolic opposition: Safety pins are already appearing. What else? What more? Make the resistance visible with bumper stickers, a label pin, a branding campaign that has great language, great logo, great wrist band (remember the Lance Armstrong’s “Livestrong” yellow wrist band — it sold millions!).
- Intellectual opposition: Take Trump on where he’s weakest — with serious ideas. I’ll try to do my part. You do yours, too.
- Serious accountability: Establish performance metrics to evaluate his delivery on his campaign promises. An updated web site of promises made and not kept. This is one especially suited to public policy students.
- Your idea goes here. Call a meeting of family and friends this weekend. Come up with to-dos.
Read Robert Reich’s original post, here.
Volunteer your time and money to progressive organizations
Here’s a list:
“The next step for Bernie Sanders’ movement is a new group called Our Revolution, which will fight to transform America and advance the progressive agenda.”
“…a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
“…a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice.”
“…dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”
“…to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”
“…challenges stereotypes of Islam and Muslims.”
“…non-profit law firm that protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants.”
“…works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.”
“…Largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS.”
“…the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way to victory.”
“…the only organization solely dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate.”
“…Empowering Students to Stop Sexual Violence.”
“…to help shape and develop a rational conversation on immigration.”
“…an American political action committee (PAC) that aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office.”
“…Civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities.”
“…fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.”
“…to promote the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children with due regard to the child’s expressed wishes, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.”
“…works to defend climate scientists who are dragged into litigation or otherwise threatened with legal attacks and harassment by politically and ideologically motivated groups.”
“…advocates for Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy.”
“…a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence.”
“…an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”
“…a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.”
“…works with print, broadcast and online news sources to bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality.”
“…a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health services both in the United States and globally.”
“…edicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States.”
“…one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.”
“…dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals.”
“…the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike.”
“…To protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.”
“…the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization… leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.”
“…the nation’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization, we leverage our expertise and commitment to fight for justice and advance the promise of a healthy world for all.”
“…empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change.”
“…A non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.”
Last but not least… We know that suicides go up under conservative governance. Trump’s electoral win has emboldened the racists, freaks and deplorables among us and is a cause for alarm, but if you’re thinking of harming yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Please don’t give up! We need you!
“…dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.”
Some more suggestions to fight GOP fascism and the authoritarian Trump:
Speak up whenever and wherever.
Be prepared to record everything.
Train in and practice non-violent passive resistance.
I promise you this, if we remain organized, unified, engaged and don’t budge an inch, we can turn this disaster into the last gasp of Republican fascism that is the impetus to the New Progressive Era.
Did I miss anything? Do you have suggestions of your own? Please leave a comment below to tell us what you’re doing to fight fascism.
As I always say, “We stick together, we win!”
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