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Thu Dec 29, 2016, 03:26 PM

#ResistTrump today by learning from the Tea Party how to put politicians on the defensive

The Tea Party movement, which rose up in the early years of the Obama presidency to oppose pretty much everything he stood for, was a reactionary, often-embarrassing political spectacle.

But as reactionary, often-embarrassing political spectacles go, it was a pretty effective one. Tea Partiers may have had trouble spelling their slogans correctly, but they managed to block a lot of Obama’s progressive agenda.


Now a group of former congressional staffers with years of experience fighting against the Tea Party are urging fellow progressives to adopt some of that group’s most effective tactics to thwart the incoming Trump regime. In an already much-discussed document called Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, these activists urge Trump opponents to
Stall the Trump agenda by forcing [MoCs] to redirect energy away from their priorities. Congressional offices have limited time and limited people. A day that they spend worrying about you is a day that they’re not ending Medicare, privatizing public schools, or preparing a Muslim registry.

Sap Representatives’ will to support or drive reactionary change. If you do this right, you will have an outsized impact. Every time your MoC signs on to a bill, takes a position, or makes a statement, a little part of his or her mind will be thinking: “How am I going to explain this to the angry constituents who keep showing up at my events and demanding answers?”

Reaffirm the illegitimacy of the Trump agenda. The hard truth is that Trump, McConnell, and Ryan will have the votes to cause some damage. But by objecting as loudly and powerfully as possible, and by centering the voices of those who are most affected by their agenda, you can ensure that people understand exactly how bad these laws are from the very start – priming the ground for the 2018 midterms and their repeal when Democrats retake power.



Stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and the members of Congress (MoCs) who would do his bidding. 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 MoCs to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas
were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism— and they won.

We believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting a similar resistance to the Trump agenda — but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. Trump is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large congressional majorities. If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.


http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2016/12/29/resisttrump-today-by-learning-from-the-tea-party-how-to-put-politicians-on-the-defensive/

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 05:32 PM

1. I'd like to see more thoughts on this

 

Say what you will about the Teabaggers, they are (should be) committed.

For every loser like Sharon Angle(NV), Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, and that cretin Todd Akin in Missouri that they supported- They also made Murkowski (Alaska) run as an independent, took out a sitting "Speaker of the House" in Cantor, and made many middle-of-the-road Repubs decide it wasn't worth the hassle to run again- then got someone even more Reich-wing elected. Any time they hated something the Dems were doing, they hounded their Congressmember's offices to "hold the line"- or else!

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Thu Dec 29, 2016, 07:25 PM

2. K&R for visibility. nt

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Thu Dec 29, 2016, 07:29 PM

3. Democrats need to start fighting Republicans the way Republicans fight Democrats.

Or we need new Democrats who will.

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