Great things happen when we work together. I saw this demonstrated many times at last Thursday’s monthly Tongass Democrats meeting.
Several local Democrats found The Indivisible Guide and felt it was an important resource. They shared it at the meeting with excitement, and I got excited when I read the Introduction:
Donald Trump is the biggest popular vote loser in history to ever call himself President-Elect. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image. If progressives are going to stop this, we must 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.
My friends, we’ve heard it before: United We Stand.
Take a look at the Guide and see where your time and talents fit in. As I’ve said before: There is something that will not get done if you do not do it.
While you’re at it, add next month’s Tongass Democrats regular meeting to your calendar. It’s the first Thursday of the month, at 5:15, at IBEW downtown. The address is 813 W. 12th Street, and they usually last about an hour.
We are Stronger Together.
See you next month?
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