Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda
By Jim Carey
As the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus announces its closing this year, the Trump Circus Maximus is coming to the US with rogue elephants in charge. In response, a few congressional staffers have written a practical guide on how you can resist this cabal. You can download it at indivisibleguide.com or join us on Jan 30. Robert Weissman of PublicCitizen.org states that: “By all accounts, we’re facing the prospect of a government literally of the Exxons, by the Goldman Sachses and for the Kochs. The president-elect’s cabinet and top nominees draw more deeply from an extremist faction of the corporate class than any in memory, and likely, in history. We are witnessing the wholesale corporate takeover of the American government.”
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Consider just a few of Trump’s nominees: Rex Tillerson, Trump’s secretary of state pick, spent his entire career at Exxon Mobil, the corporation most responsible for spreading climate denial and intimidating climate activists; Steven Mnuchin, treasury secretary nominee, Goldman Sachs executive who took over IndyMac, turned it into One West and went on a foreclosure rampage, engaging in robo-signing and other abuses; US Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-Ala.), up for attorney general, despite a racist record that disqualified him from a federal judgeship in the ’80s; Betsy DeVos, to be education secretary, a billionaire scion and a purveyor and investor in extremist education privatization proposals; Scott Pruitt, for US Environmental Protection Agency, who believes that climate science is “far from settled;” Steve Bannon of breitbart.com, a far-right, racist website; Andy Puzder, to head the US Department of Labor, the longtime mogul in charge of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast-food chains, known for being anti-worker and anti-union, and who opposes many of the most important, recent, pro-worker initiatives of the Obama Labor Department, including compensation for overtime. The list is endless.
“It would be one thing if the incoming commander in chief showed any hint of humility, of realizing that his duty to the nation requires showing some respect for the strong majority of Americans who voted against him despite Russian meddling and the FBI’s disinformation dump. But he hasn’t and won’t. Instead, he’s lashing out at and threatening anyone and everyone who criticizes him, while refusing even to admit that he lost the popular vote. And he’s surrounding himself with people who share his contempt for everything that is best in America.
What we’re looking at, all too obviously, is an American kakistocracy—rule by the worst,” writes Paul Krugman in The New York Times.
The authors of indivisibleguide.com believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting a resistance to this corporate agenda—but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. This tweeting president is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large congressional majorities. If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop this petty tyrant.
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