Donald Trump is the biggest popular-vote loser in history to ever call himself President. 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 could stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.
To this end, the following chapters offer a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve.
We believe that the next four years depend on Americans across the country standing indivisible against the Trump agenda. We believe that buying into false promises or accepting partial concessions will only further empower Trump to victimize us and our neighbors. We hope that this guide will provide those who share that belief with useful tools to make Congress listen.
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April 20, 2017, 7 PM
Intermediate School District
Words from the County Chair
WHAT’S RIGHT ABOUT GOVERNMENT
For a long time now, in fact, ever since Ronald Reagan famously declared that “maybe government is the problem”, the republican party has painted the federal government as some evil monolithic force that is wreaking havoc with our basic freedoms. They have been so successful in selling this distorted view, that they now control all three branches of government.
Yet there is much good that comes from the efforts of the federal government to deliver services and benefits that make all our lives safer, healthier and more enjoyable. Think of all the many positive benefits that impact our daily life and the lives of our loved ones.
Many of us already receive benefits from Social Security, probably the most successful social program in the history of human civilization. We enjoy a very safe and secure food supply system which is overseen by multiple federal agencies. Many of us have vacationed in one or more of our national parks which, during it’s centennial last year, was visited 330 million times! Thanks to the Center For Disease Control, the FDA, and myriad other federal agencies, we are among the healthiest people on the planet. We have a military that is the most powerful in the world.
All of us enjoy the open road or flying anywhere in the world we take a fancy to. Some of us have received our educations through the GI Bill, a PELL grant or some other form of public support, a benefit that has transformed our lives. We now live in a country where the rivers no longer catch fire and are cleaner, along with the air, than they were 60 years ago.
All of these benefits, and many more, we take for granted every day, They define our quality of life and are the source of our freedoms. Sure, the system that provides all of this is not perfect. It requires continuous refinement and modification and that is what our elected officials are supposed to do. However, republicans seem to be on a mission to discard much of what has been described in the name of getting big government out of our lives. Is that really what the American people are demanding? Countless polls have shown that a significant majority of Americans actually support this government presence in our lives. So it becomes paramount that every citizen contact their representatives to let them know that, Hey, “You work for us and we expect you to continue to provide the services and support that we value”. That’s what government of the people, by the people, and FOR the people is all about. We must all keep reminding our representatives of that singular American truth.
Gary Madden, Manistee County DEMS Chair
Annual Don Jennnings Dinner
Date: September 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Manistee National Golf & Resort
Keynote Speaker: Gretchen Whitmer
Cash Bar, Silent Auction
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