The best example of political activism in modern history just walked off
with all three branches of the American government.
If you are a progressive democrat, or a civil libertarian and you are asking
how to resist President Trump, I give you the Tea Party.
How did they do it?
The Tea Party coalesced as a radical right-wing movement in response to
the 2008 election of Barack Obama.
It recruited, nominated, and supported candidates for state and national elections.
It organized and promoted activist events on social media and used Fox News Channel and other right-wing media outlets to broadcast its point of view.
The Tea Party is shamelessly partisan.
Not only did the Tea Party shun the idea of compromise, it elected representatives who brought their protests into Congress
This next part is crucial:
The Tea Party demanded that it’s elected leaders obstruct Obama and
If we want to resist President Trump we must do as the Tea Party did.
The people at Calexit have an interesting idea. This is a quote from YesCalifornia.org.
We advocate for peaceful secession from the United States by use of an independence referendum to establish a mandate, followed by a nationwide campaign to advocate in support of a constitutional exit from the Union.
I don’t agree with secession but I do agree with these particular principles of the #Calexit movement as I understand them:
- California values diversity; all citizens must benefit from our Nation’s
political system and wealth.
- California believes that health care is a universal right for all people.
- California believes that education is an essential human right
- California protects the civil rights of all of its citizens.
These four principles are the fundamentals of progressive opposition to regressive government.
We must organize around these basic principles and ruthlessly
promote our cause.
If we want to resist Trump then we must become as passionate, as obstructionist and as ruthless as the Tea Party.
So I say, congratulations to the Tea Party!
Organization and persistent political activism works; even when the goals are ugly.
It’s possible that we on the left will have to go low before we can go high.
Rob Goldstein 2016