11 Feb Stopping Trump, Part 1: Convert Adversaries Into Allies
What’s done is done. Donald Trump is President of the United States, and really creepy people such as Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway are in the center of his power sphere. Many of his Cabinet secretaries give us reason for pause and concern. Vice-President Pence is a theocrat and a homophobe. Good times!
So what do we do now? We, that is, being those of us to who do not agree with the President’s mindset, behaviors, executive orders, and pending initiatives?
We must continue to do what millions are already doing, and intensify it: Push back vigorously against the new administration’s agenda through all means possible, across all three branches of government. I’ll say more about specifics related to such push-back in my next blog.
First, though, it’s important to supplement such push-back by having a clear understanding of our allies, adversaries, and foes in #TheResistance against the Trump Administration. The allies are easy to spot, for the most part. But our greatest potential resides in converting the millions of current adversaries into allies.
Who are these adversaries? They are people to whom we must build bridges. They voted for Donald Trump, especially in formerly blue states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and they made the difference for him in the Electoral College. But they didn’t support Trump because they’re racist, misogynist pigs like Trump and Bannon or viciously lying cunts such as Conway. They voted for Trump because they didn’t trust Hillary Clinton; and, more importantly, because they’ve been mired in fear and anger as a result of feeling marginalized by a global economy that has left them behind and a dysfunctional federal government that doesn’t give a damn.
They were desperate for change. They got it. And I imagine that many of them are second guessing what they did in the ballot box on Nov. 8, 2016.
This is the time to build bridges to these individuals. Listen a lot more than you talk at them. Seek to understand where they’re coming from. That will earn you the right to gently share your own perspectives. And perhaps, many of them will become allies in the fight against Trump, and get involved in the activities I’ll speak to in my next blog.
And what about our enemies? Forget throwing pearls after swine. This smaller, but much more vocal, core of Trump supporters continues to stand with the President despite his illegal, treason-dripping behavior. They are also mired in fear and anger, but also in gross ignorance–and, even more so, in greed, hatred, and often a theocratic zeal. They are dangerous people, and need to be avoided, silenced, and mocked. Odds are they will never change, and it’s not worth our efforts to change them. Fuck them.
But we must be savvy and strategic, as well as compassionate, about converting adversaries into allies. That can make a huge difference in the 2018 mid-term elections and 2020 general election.
Please stay tuned for more. Thanks for reading.