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Former Congressional Staffers Hype 'Indivisible Guide' to Resisting Trump


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Former Congressional Staffers Hype 'Indivisible Guide' to Resisting Trump

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Former congressional staffers are publicizing their newly released "Indivisible Guide," a manual for people, groups, and organizations who want to resist the incoming rightwing administration through grassroots action.

President-elect Donald Trump rose to power while losing the popular vote by a historic margin, and his lack of a mandate means a vocal and organized resistance can weaken Republican resolve and "[stiffen] Democratic spines," the guide states.


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Gemany 1941...

The German leaders and public remonstrate and protest:
Our culture the best in Europe. The German Aryan the master race. Unbound by borders and economics. So a few million Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, disabled perish- parasites- weakening the German myth and the great survival of the fittest. Europe is ours and we have a right to expand the Empire, to metastasize- our greatness beyond challenge. We will mock you in the streets and our rallies. The intellectuals and artists who do not serve us cannon fodder. Law and Order the thing. Europe and Russia will never look down upon us again. You will see us from the butt of a gun stuck down your throats- begging for German mercy.

And the apologists speak...We are a great nation. Flawed but great. So a few die- our greatness lives on. A bad election here and there- who cares. Where else would you rather live? Our people are good- great- caring-loving. Heil Hitler.

United States, 2016...

The American leaders and public remonstrate and protest:
Our culture the best in the world. The American White man the master race. Unbound by borders and economics. So life on the planet perishes- engulfed in nuclear flames or a burning planet- parasites- weakening the American myth and the great survival of the fittest. The world is ours and we have a right to expand the Empire to metastasize- our military and our greatness beyond challenge. We will mock you in the streets and our rallies. The intellectuals and artists who do not serve us cannon fodder. Law and Order the thing. The world will never look down upon us again. You will see us from the butt of a gun stick down your throats- begging for American mercy.

And the apologists speak...We are a great nation. Flawed but great. So a few die- our greatness lives on. A bad election here and there- who cares. Where else would you rather live? Our people are good- great- caring-loving. Heil Trumpf.


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If you believe that the Republican Party would be just as well off not existing, then, without apologizing for any political ideals that you believe in, you can register as a Republican and then run against an incumbent in the Republican primary. Your debating opponent will say, "but this is damaging the Republican Party."

"Hmm," you reply, "I hadn't thought about that." Well, if the opponent lies all day, why not make up something yourself?

This is also your opportunity for cosplay, if you want to go in that direction. In the New Hampshire Presidential Preference Primary, a pacifist candidate wears a boot on his head.


#4

Resist, sure. But let's do something positive too and build a just, equitable, resilient, and sustainable world in the process. Resist, refortm, re-imagine, recreate.


#5

" We are a great nation, flawed but great."

The same slogan as Trump! "Lets make America great again." The parallels to the Third Reich are striking!


#6

Overreach, the end point of the power grab going on in Congress today. They will do it until it destroys them.


So here is another opportunity to stop them. The question is, will they use it??
If it was the Democrats you know the Repugs would.


#7

I caution all of us to not look to the Democratic Party to save us from this kleptocratic nightmare. To replace Republicans with Democrats would be to simply exchange clumsy, misogynistic dictators for elegant and well-spoken dictators.

The end result will be the same.


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I would say the best way to fight the republicans would be to run a candidate that isn't awful in 2020. As far as the popular vote goes, I wouldn't get too much comfort from Democrats getting a higher popular vote. The campaigns were not run to win the popular vote, they were run to get the electoral vote. In 2004 Kerry would have won the election if 50,000 people had switched their vote in Ohio. Then he would have been President, in spite of losing by the popular vote by over 3 million. Same situation as today.


#9

Yes, because political party are always the same, forever. And their alternative, the Greens are so well organized and funded.


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"If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump," the guide states. ": We really need to be honest here as Obama did more to 'undo' his false image so that we can get things done as a unity:


#11

Was having that very conversation today and recalling Herman Hesse's book, Magister Ludi as a very good guide to what a reimagined world built on justice, simplicity , education and culture would look like.


#12

Yes, we need to build an alternative to the duopoly. A coalition of Left parties should inspire us.


#13

In its present form, a problem-ridden resistance strategy. As noted on various websites:

1) There is a difference between a dissident faction within a majority party and a dissident faction of a minority party. The authors fail to address this.

2) By itself, mass demonstration will do little to change minds or stop right wing legislation enacted by elected officials. To carry weight, such actions will have to connect to politics as politics - a movement to elect Democrats with progressive ideas.

3) In its present form, the Democratic Party lacks progressive ideas, since, for many years, its approach has been to move right in pursuit of non-existing 'centrist' or 'swing' voters. In the recent election, this approach failed. As Sanders often observed, the best way to combat fake populism is with real populism...exactly what the right liberal Democratic machine cannot and will not do...

4) As a result, to return to my repeated theme - the 'mass uprising' approach - 'let's make being against Trump what we can all agree on!' - will fail because it does not include a principled rejection of the right liberal Democratic politics that enabled Trump to win.

The most the original NYT editorial had to say about Democrats is that the 'mass uprising' approach "can make nearly any member of Congress think a lot harder about his re-election chances. It can ensure that the 10 Senate Democrats up next year in Trump-won states recognize that their best hope for survival lies in bold action to defend democracy rather than cutting deals..."

The Schumer's and Pelosi's will "recognize" this? Not good enough by a long shot. The right liberal establishment will never willingly relinquish power within the Democratic machine, or its center right politics. They will never 'get it.' Only a progressive movement of outright withdrawal and demand for power-sharing has a chance to make a party that can elect Democrats - and, thus, build the political power to combat the right.

Mass uprising? Without a progressive movement to change the right liberal Democratic Party, this is a weak idea.

Rather, turn to item #1 on Michael Moore's "Morning-After To-Do List" - "Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably."


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" 'We know this because we've seen it before," write the authors, former staffers who witnessed the Tea Party surge in President Barack Obama's first term. "We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress.' "

Not really. You saw an astroturf group powered by the Koch millions, create a puppet party to do their bidding. Democrats never stood a chance against the oligarchy's power.

And Neoliberals were successful politically and policy-wise as long as their goals aligned with the oligarchy's goals.


#15

Thank you. How about getting projects together in towns where people with their skills set can contribute to whatever is needed? That's real community service. It would save the government lots of money!


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Parities just organize and talk- no action. How about people working together on projects that need work in their townss? it would save the government money and get the work done. Forget a name for a party- do the community grass roots service. Required community service for all including the elites.


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The Greens have never won a national election.


#18

Did you see Conyers from Michigan on C Span? Guy is so old he can't even keep his thoughts together. Out with these old coots.


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Remember the more we stick together and do work in our own communities , the less powerful the authorities are.


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Who cares about that crap and a candiate? Get busy in your own community and work together on projects. That's real community service- not waiting to worship a candidate. And if you think we have until 2020 you are in la la land. Also what about congressional, state and local elections? Remember when people were so emamored of Obama they just let the rethugs take over congress.