I took a hiatus from this blog for a few months because nobody needs to read AAAAGGGHHHH and I'm finally ready to say something besides [redacted] and [redacted].
Let's get right to it! Because let's face it: we don't have time to fuck around.
First, have you heard of Indivisible? It began, as so many good things do, over a bout of heavy drinking, right here in Austin, Texas. Back in November, Congressional staffers from Rep. Lloyd Doggett's office got together after the election to drown their sorrows. They talked about Congress - and they realized that they knew something essential, something the rest of America needs to know, too.
They knew how democracy worked.
"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 Members of Congress to reject Obama's agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism - and they won...If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump."
Doggett's staffers sat down and wrote out a roadmap for those of us -- like myself -- whose civics education stalled out around the time of Schoolhouse Rock. It explains, in plain English, how constituents can engage effectively with their US representatives. It's called "The Practical Guide To Resisting Trump's Agenda" - and that's exactly what it is. "Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen." It is the real deal. Check it out here.
Which brings me to the real point of this post, which is:
If ever there was a time to meet your neighbors, it's now. If you're upset about what is going on around you, don't talk about it on Facebook. Don't yell at the TV. That will just make you crazy, and frustrated. Instead, get out of the house, go to your local Indivisible meeting, find your people, and take action. This is going to be a long slog, and none of us can do this on our own. We need support, we need community, we need to know that those around us still believe in the promise of this country.
(later) Wait! I guess I'm not done! Here is a great article on How To Stop An Autocracy, from Ezra Klein, one of the authors of Indivisible. "If I could change one thing about how Americans engage with politics, it would be to get people to pay less attention to the president, and more attention to the (more powerful!) Congress... The crucial question — the question on which much of American democracy hinges — is not what Trump does. It is what Congress does. The danger posed by Trump is one that America’s political system is built to protect against. But the officials charged with its protection need to do their damn job. And they're not going to do that job if they don't think voters are watching and holding them accountable." Correct!!
ALSO! This administration needs to be mocked, relentlessly and at length. Can we put Melissa McCarthy on Mount Rushmore?
I feel so patriotic!
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