Monday, January 23, 2017

LA Times: How to stop Trump: Lessons from the tea party,Did you think the fight was over for the Tea Party

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."
 "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4,1777 

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Did you think the fight was over for the Tea Party after we took the House, Senate and White House? You are needed more than ever! The left is about to try to model what we have done and we have to FIGHT BACK! We are going to need you on the phones, hitting the pavement and defending the WIN!
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The progressive left is on the ropes and they know it. But, they will get help from the RINOs in the GOP and their media buddies in their attempt to bring down President Trump. They think they will succeed. We won't let them! The sleeping giant awoke and it can never go back to sleep again!

First they ignored us but we got louder:

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Then the laughed at us:
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Then, they fought us:
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Then, WE WON!!
Celebrate the victory but do not think our work is done! This article from the LA Times should be a warning bell for all of us:

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Donald Trump represents a grave threat to liberal democratic values. On Capitol Hill, Republicans are falling in line and some moderate Democrats have signaled a willingness to cut deals. But ordinary Americans have the power to resist. We know this is true because we have seen local, grassroots organizing take hold before.

Eight years ago, two of us worked as congressional staffers and the other in immigrant rights organizing. President Obama had taken office with large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress and seemed poised to enact many of our shared priorities. Another force was taking shape, however, that would eventually bring federal policymaking to a halt.

The tea party protests began early in 2009, as small groups of conservative activists organized against government intervention in the housing and financial markets. By summer, they had grown into a formidable opposition movement, flooding congressional offices with angry letters, emails and calls. Enabled by a media that thrives on conflict, these minority voices soon dominated the national discourse.

When members of Congress retreated to their districts for what should have been an uneventful summer of little league games and pancake breakfasts, tea party activists awaited them. Two of us worked for Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), who was mobbed in an Austin parking lot by protesters carrying Revolutionary War battle flags and signs denouncing “socialized healthcare.” Their simple chant, which would soon become familiar, was, “just say no.”

The tea party organized for the 2010 midterms, targeting both Republicans and moderate Democrats. By the time the dust had settled, Democrats had lost their large majorities in Congress and, with their lost seats, any hope of realizing a bold progressive agenda.

Although their policy ideas were destructive, the tea party demonstrated that a small group of activists can take on a newly elected president with a majority in Congress — and win.

Now it’s our turn.

We learned two key lessons from the tea party’s success.

First, they organized locally, focusing on members of Congress in their home states and districts, pushing them to use every available tool — legislation, letters, public statements, media interviews — to oppose Obama’s every move.

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