A Blueprint For Resistance To Trump's Authoritarianism And The Law
Feb 27, 2017 12:06 AM EST
The court's remarkable rebuke to Donald Trump's immigration ban suggests that something may be happening right now: The outlines of a blueprint for resistance to Trump's authoritarianism. The law protects the rights of people, Trump can't impose his arrogance.
The Apartheid was constructed by a government chosen by a minority. Open Democracy reported that in the 2000 and 2016 US Presidential elections, anomalies in the electoral system meant that a minority of votes cast translated into a majority of seats in the national legislature.
Trump was not chosen by most of the population, he was chosen by an anomaly. These are the steps that we have to take to fight against his authoritarianism:
Have faith in our system - The battle over Trump's immigration ban is not over, the question if it will remain on hold belongs to the Supreme Court. But as The Washington Post reported, we can see that Trump can be stopped.
Keep pressuring Republicans to exercise oversight on Trump - House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) decided to rebuke Kellyanne Conway for her commercial for Ivanka's clothing line is a sign that congressional Republicans cannot ignore Trump White House's ethical transgressions forever. People are politically engaged right now.
Fight in the Senate with all procedural weapons - Sarah Binder details all the procedural tools that Democrats can use to focus attention on controversial parts of Trump's agenda and force Republicans to cast potentially unpopular votes. Democrats can throw the GOP agenda into sharper relief in the eyes of the American people.
Keep looking to civil society and fortify it - If Trump continues shredding democratic norms, civil society can have an illuminating impact. As Brian Beutler notes: "Our democratic and civil society institutions, however flawed and weakened, are still working."
Keep Trump distracted, to minimize the damage he can do - Trump throws out chum about trivial matters to distract the press from important stories. But it is real that Trump's impulsiveness can work against him.