Thoughts on The Resistance
I listened to an interesting interview on NPR’s Morning Edition today. Rachel Martin spoke to Brendan Steinheiser, a Republican strategist and early Tea Party organizer, about how liberal activists are using some similar tactics in their resistance to the current administration as they did when they created a resistance movement to try to stop President Obama. He shared his thoughts on what went wrong for the Democrats, in losing an election they thought was won, and what the liberal movement is doing wrong to affect a real resistance. He is a smart strategist. It is worth checking out on a podcast. I agree with the assessment that the Democrats have lost touch with their base and the average “hard working American” they use to represent. When many blacks, union workers and women who make up what use to be the Dems base didn’t vote for Hillary, and in fact, many didn’t vote at all or voted for her opponent, it became clear everyone is sick of the “business as usual” politics of both parties. That’s probably one of the main reasons the Tea Party worked, then, and one of the main reasons some seemingly reasonable people voted the way they did this time. One piece of advice: Dems should stop using Hollywood elite to speak for them because that is as bad as using billionaires on the right. Neither speak for the average American (if there is one) .
I’ve seen a list of points of advice circulating online and I’m not sure where it started. I think it’s a pretty good list and I took liberty editing the one I saw on my newsfeed to coincide with what I heard this morning. Although I am so disappointed way to get heard and effective a positive change. Here’s the list:
- Demonstrations MUST stay peaceful. John Lennon once said “when it gets down to having to use violence, you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you to make you fight because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”
- When you talk or post about “him”, don’t use his name, and don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: a)the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; b)he will not get the focus of attention he craves; and c) Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.
- Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone
- Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work
- Focus on his policies, not attacking his orange-ness and mental state
- Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which the darkest policies will grow
- Stop with the helpless/hopeless talk–that’s what he uses
- Support artists and the arts and the press
- Be careful not to spread fake news. Check the story and the source
- Take care of yourselves as you resist