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It’s Time for an Americans’ March | Another Moment for Public Protest Has Arrived.

Westlake Legal Group 8xyzhZVAgdcoT9hxGgmN8DXsUPBLuy6zjkjxdeAUSJw It’s Time for an Americans’ March | Another Moment for Public Protest Has Arrived. r/politics

By David Leonhardt, Opinion Columnist

On Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump’s election, Obamacare looked to be doomed. Millions of Americans, it seemed, were going to lose their health insurance.

Trump had campaigned on a promise to repeal the law, as had many other Republicans, and their party was about to control every branch of the federal government. All Republicans had to do was pass a law that Trump would sign. Democrats had no way to stop it.

Or at least they had no way to stop it using only the inside game of politics — congressional hearings, committee votes, presidential vetoes and so on.

Fortunately, some progressives understood that politics isn’t only an inside game. The outside game — of public protest and grass-roots lobbying — matters, too.

Even before Trump took office, activists began planning a strategy to make repeal as politically painful as possible. On the day after Trump’s inauguration, some four million Americans took to the streets for Women’s Marches (which obviously were about much more than repeal). In the months that followed, groups like Indivisible organized people to attend town halls, visit Capitol Hill and inundate members of Congress with phone calls. The efforts transformed the debate. Obamacare repeal was no longer a bloodless legislative matter, in which public opinion was measured merely with poll results and pundit analysis. The story became rawer, more human and much harder for politicians and ordinary citizens to ignore.

In the end, just enough Republican senators responded to the pressure, and Obamacare survived. The outside game had changed the math of the inside game.

The impeachment inquiry has reached the stage when it needs an outside game. We all know where the inside game is likely to lead: House Democrats will impeach Trump; Senate Republicans will acquit him; and he will claim vindication. But Trump’s presidency has become too dire for Americans to accept that outcome without trying to change it.

Consider what happened last week alone. Trump created a foreign-policy disaster in Turkey and Syria, for no apparent reason, while multiple administration officials testified that he views diplomacy largely as a way to advance his personal interests. His attitude, evidently, is: America, c’est moi. Even more so than a month ago, Trump is a national emergency, flagrantly violating his oath of office and daring the country to stop him.

Yet the chances of removing him appear as dim as Obamacare’s chances of survival did on Nov. 9, 2016. Trump even has plausible paths to re-election, some of which involve again losing the popular vote.

L.A. Kauffman, a historian of protest movements, has said that effective ones often throw “a monkey wrench into a process that was otherwise going to just unfold smoothly.” That’s the role that an outside game can now play in the impeachment saga.

It can wake up more Americans to the gravity of the situation. It can mobilize progressives to work as hard as they did during the 2018 midterms. It can confront congressional Republicans with their cowardice.

Do you remember the images showing throngs of people taking to the streets for the Women’s March? The size of the crowds, especially compared with Trump’s inauguration, reinforced the fact that most Americans rejected Trumpism. The marches also helped inspire the so-called resistance movement, which in turn created a network of dedicated activists, as the social scientists Lara Putnam and Theda Skocpol have pointed out.

And do you remember the viral moments from the save-Obamacare movement, like the disability-rights activists visiting Congress or the citizens speaking up at town halls? Jessi Bohon, a teacher in central Tennessee, created one of those moments by connecting the fight to her Christian faith. It was one of many ways that ordinary people held up for a vision of America as decent and communal as Trump is vulgar and selfish.

“Protests work,” as Kauffman has said — not always, of course, but often “when groups are willing to be bold in their tactics and persistent in their approach within the broad discipline of non-violent action.” As Vox’s Matthew Yglesias wrote last week, public protest “serves as a powerful signal to the rest of society that something extraordinary is happening.” If anything, protest may be more important than in the past, because the elite institutions that helped bring down Richard Nixon, like political parties and the national media, are weaker today.

So it’s time for a sequel to that first Women’s March — an Americans’ March, in which millions of people peacefully take to the streets to say that President Trump must go. And it’s time for a more intense grass-roots campaign directed at his congressional enablers, one that conjures the respectful intensity of the save-Obamacare campaign. Even if the Senate still acquits Trump, a new protest movement can help galvanize people to defeat him, and his enablers, next year.

The country is in crisis. Right now, that crisis feels all too normal.

Hear, hear!

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Mick Mulvaney admits that Trump “still considers himself to be in the hospitality business” – Trump’s acting chief of staff told “Fox News Sunday” that the president is still running his businesses in office

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Mick Mulvaney Tried to Lie on Fox News About His Ukraine Comments. Then Chris Wallace Ran the Tape.

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Mick Mulvaney Melts Down Under Brutal Grilling By Fox’s Chris Wallace – Wallace repeatedly threw Mulvaney’s own remarks back in his face by playing clips from last week’s press briefing and at one point declared, “you said what you said.”

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A Special Counsel Must Investigate Rudy Giuliani and Bill Barr

A special counsel could serve the purpose of issuing criminal charges against the people Bill Barr refuses to charge and against Bill Barr himself.

Right now we’re in a pickle because Barr absolutely refuses fo do his job when it comes to anything that might upset Trump.

There was a criminal complaint filed against Guliani over the Ukraine issues and Barr elected to do nothing about it.

A special councel would solve that problem even if they didn’t have the ability to indict the president himself in the short term.

It would place ENORMOUS pressure on Barr to not go along with Trump’s illegal agenda. We might even see his resignation.

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Billionaire Tells Wealthy To ‘Lighten Up’ About Elizabeth Warren: ‘You’re Not Victims’

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I sometimes have trouble justifying taxing a lot more to those who “worked hard and became very wealthy…” but lately I’ve been thinking of it in more broken down terms. Money is a token of value representing buying power. We earn that value by providing something, anything, of value into the system. Most of us have to put in a lot to merit obtaining more buying power. Money is sort of this social contract that “hey, you keep doing what you’re doing and society is benefitting overall in some way, so in this society you have this much of the pie, this much ability to buy what you want from others who are providing some service or product you value.”

However, what are these billionaires doing for society? Some, you might say, have done a lot. Well, whatever it is they’re doing, is so worth it to society that they deserve that large a piece of the buying power pie?

I don’t think of it simply as taking away their money, I think of it as an attempt to better pay them appropriately, pay them proportionate to what they provide. (This is different for the poor homeless person who doesn’t provide to society, for them I would say we should try to provide a some set minimum of buying power so they can get shelter and food, etc.)

Should the walmart family be filthy rich for owning one of the most successful store chains in the country? Absolutely. Should they be 163 (!) billion dollars rich? Hell. No. It’s a disproportionate size of the pie.

Idk if I am articulating it well in this little ramble but it’s a concept I’ve been thinking about for a little while.

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Poll: Number Of Americans Who Favor Stricter Gun Laws Continues To Grow

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That’s because gun owners are also in favor of some serious changes in the law. We’ve been arguing for decades that the existing laws are idiotic.

Dunno how many people saw it, but the case in California against a Joseph Roh confirms it recently; per the ATF’s own guidelines, no single component of an AR-15 is considered a firearm receiver. Someone with the legal cajones could challenge the rule in court and, if successful, change the gun world by making it possible to buy ALL of the parts for an AR-15 and assemble it at home, without needing a background check. Today, you have to have the lower receiver sent to an FFL for a background check first.

I won’t lie, part of our interest is to make the law a little less strict on us, but the number of braindead rules out there is stifling and hurts gun control efforts. For example, short barreled rifles are considered NFA firearms, and are defined as either having a barrel length of under 16″ or an overall length of less than 24″, all as an effort to curtail concealable weapons. But, this rule means that a rifle 48″ long (longer than an AR-15) with a 15.5″ barrel is considered a concealable weapon and requires an additional background check and tax stamp.

Don’t even get me started on AR pistols.

And on top of that, the current wait time for NFA approvals is, like, a year. The number of people out there who would rather just skip the NFA approval and build an SBR without is shocking. Because of the beauracratic foul up, people are less likely to abide by the law.

Our gun laws are moronic. Gun owners will say as much.

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Report: Rick Perry pushed to install Texas political donor on board of Ukraine gas company

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Megathread: Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral

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Accused of using the presidency to enrich himself, Trump announced a rare backtrack on Twitter on Saturday night stating “based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020.” He says his administration “will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”


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‘I am back’: Sanders tops Warren with massive New York City rally

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No one else was talking about the issues he’s been talking about throughout his career & during his campaign in 2016.

Now (with varying degrees of authenticity & sincerity), pretty much ALL of the Dem candidates are talking about those issues.

Whether or not he wins the nomination, he’s won the majority of the public on hearing their voices & concerns AND by walking his talk not only now, but for decades.

HIS agenda is THE vote-winning agenda, whether or not the party establishment likes it. And it’s why ALL of the other candidates have to adopt it, address it, or ignore it – they all know it’s the best way to get the voters on their side.

The Dem leadership is trying to disappear him. But he’s not going away. He never went away. He never will.

His platform is now the heart of the Dem party, even if he doesn’t get the nom. And the party won’t gain any voters (& may lose voters) if they don’t have a national candidate who carries his intentions forth.

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