Don’t want to march? Donald Trump is determined to grab every dollar not nailed down. Both he and his daughter have hotels, clothing, and other gear to sell. How crass. Did Thomas Jefferson sell snuff boxes? Did Teddy Roosevelt sell signature teddy bears? Truman refused corporate seats in his post Presidency life, which is why eventually Congress started awarding Presidential Pensions so that Presidents could have a decent living after they served without having to make decisions based on how he would make a living afterwards.
Even if Trump was the most progressive President possible, with Lincoln’s humanity and FDR’s charity, it’s a bad idea. But when Trump adds bigotry and sexism to the usual Republican delusions about the poor and war, it’s even worse. Don’t pay for that with your consumer dollars. Let his deplorables come up with $600 a night for his no-doubt-bugged hotel rooms. I wouldn’t save my breath waiting for them to do so, any more than coal mining jobs coming back.
To find out what to avoid, go Grab Your Wallet
If we work hard enough, maybe Ivanka will have to actually be a First Lady instead of treating it as a side gig ripping off Americans and gullible foreigners who think the Trumps are actually a classy American family. And if we work even harder, perhaps Trump will have to divest at a loss..
After doing the Spreadsheet, I realized that I had a real hunger for hearing about what’s being done to organize and resist all over the country and all over the world. So from now on, I’m going to collect and post as many stories about this as I can. And I’m also going to go through the spreadsheet to look for places I can highlight as well. Those are stories too.
The first one is Priorities USA. According to Political Wire. The effort to elect Hillary is morphing into becoming a center of Democratic opposition to the Trump Agenda. An organization that is well-funded, already running, and has support from major Democratic donors will be a needed center of gravity as we move forward.
New Priorities USA Site
Of all of the main characters in the Lord of the Rings, Sam Gamgee was, as you know, Frodo’s faithful companion duirng the Quest. While he never thought of himself as a hero, his bravery often saved the day for the quest. When the wargs (ghost wolves) surrounded the camp near the Mountains of Moria, it was Sam who reminded the group that they weren’t eaten yet and people took heart. It was Sam who kept Frodo going during the last stage. The point is that while he sometimes underestimated himself, he always managed to save the day.
So it is with us. We may not lead the marches, but we work hard to make sure they take place. We pour the coffee, write the blogs, make sure people get the resources they need to do the fight. And we don’t give in easily to despair. We know that victory comes from doing the essential things that need to be done, by taking that first step.
Many people seem to be unable to take that first step. They feel they aren’t King, or Malcolm. When I bring up meetings, the sense is that they need permission to do something or that they don’t have time. Yes, it seems overwhelming, but go to-or even set up that meeting.
I used to do that a long time ago (another subject).; I would ride an hour and a half to get there every week. Of course, now I’m a little busier, but I do what I can from home. I brought a cake for Hillary organizers. I gave to a blog. I’ve signed petitions. It all helps.
Recently, I have been reading all of the blogs and so many of them insist we are doomed, that Trump will win everything, that there’s nothing we can do about it, et cetera. That we are inexorably headed towards Chile, or Nazi Germany, or something similar.
Me, I’ve felt the opposite. I want to resist and rebuild. Maybe it’s because I’m a Harry Truman, Samwise Gamgee Democrat who insists “we aren’t eten yet”, and because despite the whole condemnation of Trump voters, there are some folks who were simply bamboozled into supporting someone who they saw on TV (and TV presents people in a light better than they really are).
But most importantly, instead of focusing on whether or not they get it-why not start with some unity? And Organization? If we are unified, then the stragglers and the folks who get it later have a place to go that’s already humming. Also unity can help stop a lot of stuff from happening in the first place.
In a sense, (without getting too personal) I’ve been there twice. To do things that were beyond my capacity by holding out the promise that something will come of the suffering. In the end, I left abruptly the relationships it involved, and the only thing I really carried away was a pet cat I adored, and experience. And a long-standing feeling I was used. One of the people died, the other still lives and I’m just now feeling a desire to reconcile.
When it happens, a unified front will be needed.
Dont mourn, Organize