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We can’t flag now!

June 17, 2017
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Many of us remember the quivering moments following the presidential election when we faced the reality of Trump’s victory, a man we viewed as crazy, whose finger would have first crack at the nuclear button. Immediately, the news media reported his right wing appointees like Steve Bannon and Mike Flynn. With clenched fists, many of us vowed to fight the right and the alt-right. In a flurry of commitment, we called representatives, gave money to special elections, and organizations like Planned Parenthood, ACLU and Common Cause.

Five months since his inauguration, our worst fears have materialized. Trump managed to push through the Senate a right wing Supreme Court justice and fill his cabinet with people who had reputations for wanting to dismantle the very agencies they now head.

But other than initiating a botched raid on Yemen, there has been no nuclear war. Not yet.

My point is that it is too easy to watch our nightly “Who Done It?” at CNN and MSNBC, cross our fingers and hope for impeachment. Complacency is our worst liability and the strongest weapon of the right. Nor can we rely on Trump’s dwindling support. According to Claire Malone at fivethirtyeight.com, Trump retains a solid base of support, people who approve of his handling of health care and the economy and who believe the media has blown up his relationship with the Russians.

Trump also has a solid base in Congress, representatives interested in passing their conservative agenda on tax reform and health care, who are unwilling to tamper with his presidency.

In other words, if we don’t keep up our fight against the right, our democracy will continue to lose. Our effort can’t flag now.


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