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Progressives, You Need to STOP (or…How the Democrats Can Save Themselves in the Age of Trump).

Enough is enough. My fellow progressives, we need to quit navel gazing, break up the circular firing squad and just stop. Especially you…and you know who you are.

You need to stop quoting Federalist Paper 68, which not a single person here has probably read. If you had you would not be trying to hinge a wholesale Electoral College revolt on this all too brief of an essay (one of 85) written by Alexander Hamilton among others, under a pseudonym no less, for the benefit of making an argument to ratify the Constitution…in New York. There will be no abolition of the Electoral College. It will not happen and why? As I once wrote, it’s very difficult to alter the Constitution to accomplish that. The Founding Fathers designed the Constitution to make that sort of thing extraordinarily hard to do. If it was as easy as you are hoping and praying it is, then the Republicans would have already changed it to get rid of gay marriage, ban abortion, flag burning, etc. and all of the other culture war issues they have threatened to use Constitutional amendments against. As for us? We would have abolished “dark money” in electoral politics, enshrined universal suffrage, guaranteed equal pay for equal work, etc. and all of the other issues we have threatened to amend the Constitution for over the years. The last time the Constitution was amended was in 1992 and it was regarding Congressional salaries. Look it up. It took 202 years for that to get ratified. The drive to abolish the Electoral College is a waste of time. Just stop.

You need to stop leaving scripted phone messages and sending canned emails addressed to members of Congress, the U.S. Attorney General or the Attorneys General of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida or whomever. Absolutely nobody except some poor unpaid interns are going to read prefab emails sent from terrified liberals who still can’t accept that millions of people simply didn’t vote on Election Day. Quit trying to find excuses for why we didn’t come out in large enough numbers for Hillary Clinton, or wound up voting for people like Gary Johnson or Jill Stein who could never, repeat, never win the Presidency. It’s over and done with. Donald Trump is the going to be the 45th President of the United States. We put him there and no public official, court officer or arcane law is going to come and save you from him. You were warned. All of these emails and electronic petitions you are “signing” on sites like Change.org or MoveOn are worth absolutely nothing. The electors will not read them and God knows Trump and the GOP, who are still in charge of Congress right now incidentally, do not give a damn about these petitions. It’s a waste of time. Just stop.

You need to stop trying to change state laws that govern how their electors are chosen. It’s far, far too late for that now and besides, in doing so we may shoot ourselves in the foot again one day. Do you really want to risk this nightmare a second time? You can’t hope for or rely on “faithless electors” changing the result either and you really shouldn’t. This is how we choose our Presidents and Democrats, I’m sorry…but we lost. As appalling and frightening as his administration is going to be, this country earned and deserves this President because we weren’t paying attention. We thought this would be a cakewalk. It wasn’t and it is completely our fault. Not the Russians. Ours. We took our eye off the ball. Well, never again. We all need to admit that over the last 8 years, we have been in a bubble. We are still in a hermetically sealed media bubble telling us exactly what makes us feel good as surely as conservatives were over the last 20 years. If you are in this bubble (God knows I was), you need to get out and now. We were listening to the talking heads at MSNBC and reading progressive “news” sites like Blue Nation Review and US Uncut and we stopped fighting as if our lives depended on it to stop Trump. These “Daily Actions” everyone is taking on Facebook are terrific, but they are aimed at completely the wrong target. They are a waste of time. Just stop.

Fellow progressives, you need to START. You need to start thinking about the real target which is 2018. After that, the target is 2020.

You need to start raising money, making phone calls, sending emails, signing petitions in ink, knocking on doors and all of the other things you are currently doing in some vain effort to deny Trump the White House. Break out your wallet, checkbook, PayPal account or the sock under your mattress stuffed with rainy day cash and start giving until it hurts. The rainy day is here and the storm’s name is Hurricane Donald. You need to give and give and give to all those organizations who will be taking fire for us over the next 4 years. Organizations like the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center  will need dollars now more than ever. So will Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign and the Sierra Club to name a few. Money talks. Even a moron like Trump knows that. If progressive values are to remain alive under his regime, it will mean being in court. A lot. Lawyers cost money, even progressive ones, so don’t be stingy.

You need to start putting your time and effort into helping Democrats capture the House and Senate in 2018 and later the White House in 2020. There needs to be a progressive legislature as a check against Trump because without one, this lunatic and his administration will have virtually zero obstacles to destroying everything we have fought for generations to achieve. Do you really think a Republican controlled Congress will have any meaningful investigations into anything Trump does that are blatant violations of law, ethics…even the Constitution? We all know what’s at stake. We all know what the issues are because God knows we debated them long enough among ourselves during the year. Everyone needs to immediately cease and desist from any more finger pointing because in the end we will wind up right back where we started, with Kellyanne Conway’s stupid face gloating on TV that “I’m a winner”.

You need to start supporting good, strong candidates who believe in the issues…and in the people whose lives they affect every day. Find candidates who have broad appeal among all progressives who can win. Here’s a good test. If you have run for the Oval Office before, go away. Hillary Clinton is never coming back, people. Ever. Start looking for someone else to be President. And in case you get any funny ideas, Bernie Sanders isn’t coming back either. He might have shown up with Chris Hayes recently, but come on. The guy will be 79 in 2020. He may very well be dead by then. And leave poor Joe Biden alone. He is never going to run for President because it’s not in the cards for him and he has told us as muchQuips on the Senate floor are simply not enough to start making yard signs, OK? Hasn’t he been through enough? Gary Johnson is an idiot. If you insist on somebody from the old Libertarian ticket from this year, try Johnson’s running mate who is a lot smarter than he is. Jill Stein has gotten rich over our foolish panic to grasp at any straw that could deny Trump his victory and it was stupid of us to fall for it. She also can’t win any elected office above town council and she has the last 8 consecutive losses including this year to prove it. Let her go. How about finding some new, fresh and great candidates every progressive can rally around? How about Elizabeth Warren? How about Cory Booker? How about Tammy Duckworth? How about Sherrod Brown? Hell, show me why we can’t get behind Kamala Harris? We need to start working to fight Trump’s administration at every turn and at the same time do all the hard work we failed to get done in 2016 to make sure this does not happen in 2018, 2020, or ever again. We need to do this now and enough with trying to undo what has already been done.

The first step to beating the son of a bitch is to admit he that beat us. Period. STOP your crying and START getting to work.

Illegitimi non carborundum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.


7 Comments

  1. What he said. Really. We were beaten, people. Get over it, understand how totally screwed we are, and figure out how to fix it. We need smart, we need young, we need color. We need experience, we need business sense, we need people with heart. We don’t need people who think this “a good career path”. We need people to run for office who don’t want to do this but feel they must, ’cause they know stuff. And want a much better country. And aren’t blithering idiots.

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  2. Ed says:

    Your absolutely 100% correct. I myself keep telling people the exact same thing, but I know have it in writing.

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  3. I absolutely agree. Energies are wasted if invested in trying to change something that’s done and dusted and so are resources. What we need to do is look to the future and engage in getting the outcomes we want and need and we also need to take steps to preserve and protect the policies that matter and that might be damaged in the next few years. I took my first step by not sending out holiday cards this year and instead donating to the ACLU. As a non-citizen, non-voter, I will do what I can to play my part in making sure America is still a place I want to raise my kids. Grumbling about things we can’t change isn’t going to achieve that.

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  4. […] via Progressives, You Need to STOP (or…How the Democrats Can Save Themselves in the Age of Trump). —… […]

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  5. razzara says:

    I would posit that it is the people who were active in the campaign and actively trying to defeat Trump that are so earnestly trying to turn this outcome around. It is a helpless feeling. I believe you are right, but I, and many others, are still working around the clock hoping that something works. We are, of course, already planning for midterms, as well. Complacency ends in failure, and, yes, this election proved that.

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  6. razzara says:

    A follow up to my comment – It is important to also remain aware that Trump truly is unqualified and unfit for this office. He is truly a demagogue. When Bush won EC, but lost the popular vote, most of us quickly accepted it and moved on. In this case, Trump’s demagoguery was further amplified by propoganda and misinformation. While Dem voter turnout was our failure, I do not agree that Russia’s involvement, GOP’s voter suppression and purges and Comey’s violation of the Hatch Act are vectors that we should simply accept. I have experienced political disappointments many times-this is different.

    There are aspects to your article that make very salient points – particularly regarding the precedent we would set by allowing EC to flip on this. We are, no doubt, in dangerous territory. But, I would argue that we are in dangerous territory anyway. Trump’s actions during this time of transition only prove his potential for choices that endanger all of us.

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  7. Alli Farkas says:

    As a member of what I like to call the radical center, I was never under the impression that 2016 would be a cakewalk. I was, however, hoping that Trump was a progressive in disguise and was appealing to the largest common denominator so he could win and then say, Hey, fooled ya! It was the only thing I could hope for given the nasty vitriol of the entire last year and a half–or more.

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