The Resistance should include proactive steps!
Freethought Blogs just started a new group blog: FREETHOUGHT RESISTANCE (They named it in all caps, I’m just passing on their representation! For brevity, I’ll refer to it as #FTBResist) The first I saw of this was from PZ Meyers. There are already a few posts to #FTBResist, and one in particular prompted this post. Here’s the critical excerpt:
The purpose of this blog is:
- To report on and document abuses and criminal activities of the right wing and theocratic zealots;
- To express our own opposition to these acts;
- To promote activism;
- To provide information about opportunities for activism;
- To provide an online rallying point for opposition to the illegitimate government of the United States.
I don’t think this goes far enough! We should also be thinking about steps we can take that proactively create solutions to the problems that are likely coming down the pike!
Read on for a few of my ideas …
Most – perhaps all – on our side agree that Trump’s non-disclosure of his tax returns for the past few years would have exposed his “I’m in it primarily for me” nature – perhaps changing enough votes from Trump to anybody else that Trump wouldn’t now be our President Elect. I think this can be prevented in the future entirely by action in just a few states! I’ve blogged about this. Read more about it here.
There are a whole host of Federal programs that are administered by the states. Under the Trump administration, many of them are likely to either go away, be severely underfunded, or be combined into block grants that – taken together – will force states to make some extremely painful decisions (since the block grants are likely to total far less than the current Federal support for the programs they replace). But there are a few states that could avoid the problems this is likely to create, using only their own taxing authority! Again, I’ve blogged about this, and you can read more about it here.
How about the Electoral College? While many assert that Trump would have lost, if not for the Electoral College, it’s not quite that simple. Yes, he probably would have lost, but we can’t say for sure because the campaigns (I suspect) would have been quite different. But we can’t know for sure. However, we CAN make the Electoral College into a purely ceremonial body by ensuring that the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact takes effect in time for the 2020 election. (Wait? Why didn’t I make that a link? Because I think it’s far better explained in it’s Wikepedia entry! But for those of you who prefer it, here’s a link straight to the source.)
And here’s some other ideas, less fleshed out, to work on proactively:
- Take back the Democratic Party from the New Dems, Blue Dogs, and Third Way people – by local action. Take over your local Democratic Party and, when enough of us have done that, we’ll have control of the national party too!
- Start a shadow government!
- Work to preserve and expand voting rights in your state. Who knows? If enough states make voter registration automatic and voting easy, perhaps someone in a restrictive state will succeed in an Equal Protection court challenge!
Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself! Do something small, even if it’s likely to have no effect, that make you feel better. Here’s one thing I did.