should Democrats do to respond to Trump? The answer is simple: No
compromise. No sellout. And get a backbone. Do
your job by not doing it. We’re not playing anymore.
it has only been a few weeks since Donald Trump became dictator, it
might as well have ben years. It certainly seems like it, with all
the stuff he’s throwing at us and all the chaos he’s
creating. Trump is issuing executive orders faster than his Nazi
Svengali sidekick Bannon can write them. When you consider the Muslim
refugee ban, the federal hiring freeze, the undermining of
reproductive rights, undoing Obamacare, the war on the press,
building those pipelines on Native American lands and building that
damn wall—destroying a country is hard work. And Trump is
are now faced with some choices, and the choices are clear. And the
time is perfect now that the illegitimate president has selected his
nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil
Gorsuch. Senators from the minority party are going to
filibuster the Gorsuch nomination, and that makes sense, given that
the GOP last year refused to give a hearing to Merrick Garland,
Obama’s pick for the high court.
Democrats must proceed with a scorched earth policy. This means
refusing to cooperate with this administration on anything. Treat
Trump with at least the same lack of respect that he treated Obama,
and with the same disregard that the Republicans treated the
first—and probably last—black president throughout his
eight years in office.
were intent on making Obama a one-term president. They wouldn’t
lift a finger to assist with the Affordable Care Act, or anything for
that matter. And what did it get them? The Senate, the House, the
White House, and the Supreme Court.
there are signs that the opposition party is actually becoming an
opposition party. For example, in the Senate they are boycotting
confirmation hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for
attorney general, taking advantage of Trump’s firing of the
acting attorney general who refused to follow Trump’s Muslim
ban. And they are blocking Rep.
Tom Price (R-Ga.) for Health and Human Services, and Steve Mnuchin,
Trump's pick for Treasury, due to their general sketchiness and
failure to disclose all their financial dealings.
millions of people have been pouring into the streets protesting
Trump and the extreme policies of the GOP. And they demand change.
(D-N.Y.), Senate minority leader who hails from the corporate wing of
his party, is getting the message--hopefully. After showing a
lukewarm response to Trump’s cabinet selections and displaying
a willingness to cooperate with Republicans—as is typical of
the Clinton triangulation wing of the Democratic party-- he is being
forced to tap into his inner progressive populist and find a spine.
some Dems are on the fence, uncertain what to do and doing outrageous
things like voting for Ben Carson for HUD secretary, Congresswoman
Maxine Waters knows the war is on. Waters, who said Trump thinks he
is a dictator, introduced
a bill to investigate Trump and possible ties
to Russia and the cyberattacks. “Like
so many of you, we have been shaken by events that have occurred over
the last 11 days since Donald Trump was inaugurated. We have been
shaken by the lies, the deception, and the stunning level of
incompetence,” Waters said in a press release. “In just
under two weeks, Donald Trump has unnerved our allies, challenged our
values, and brought so much instability and chaos to our country.
This chaos is sure to please at least one person – Vladimir
Waters added that during the campaign and since the election, Trump
has surrounded himself with people who have extensive ties to Putin.
“We cannot allow any investigation led by the Republicans in
Congress to whitewash Trump’s ties to Russia or avoid examining
these critical questions.”
Waters is showing us how it’s done. The talk of wanting Trump
to succeed that we heard from mealy mouthed Dems should never enter
the mind of anyone who wants this country to do better by its people.
There is no cooperation with Hitler. No, we can’t work with
Mussolini to help make the trains run on time, because the other side
of the coin is that people are going to get killed.
Republicans woke up each and every day to stop Obama in his tracks,
the least the Democrats can do is make Trump’s impeachment a
top priority. Eat, sleep and drink it on a regular basis. And once
that’s done, go after Mike Pence, because he’s bad news
the larger issue is that if the Democratic party wants to get serious
about power, they cannot show up only once every four years for the
presidential election. They must get local. Republicans control 32
state legislatures and 33 governors,
including veto-proof majorities in 17 states. Dems only control 13
GOP has their people running for dog catcher all the way up, and that
is why they have been able to redraw the maps and rig the system, and
take away our voting rights on a steady basis.
you know that orange man with that dead squirrel on his head is not
right. Making him a half-term president should be the mantra of the
Democratic Party. A half-year president. And strong progressive
leaders like Keith Ellison, along with fresh new blood in the party
and a commitment to the people, will help turn things around.
stop bringing butter to a knife fight. Take no prisoners.
This commentary originally appeared in The Grio