We at ACC watch these things tick by tick. There does seem to be a broad coordinated effort to undermine Trump at every turn. That is part of politics.
But it’s not like much of the current tumult is just some grass roots thing or something.
That’s not to say that presidents shouldn’t be opposed. Shoot, whatever the party the general disposition of liberty loving people should be generally standoffish – at best – with any president. But there is an odd flavor to what we’ve seen with Trump. The chaos we’ve witnessed recently would not have happened with a president Jeb Bush, or even president Ted Cruz. Those 2 were safe. There is a sense however that Trump might actually shake things up and the political class is not keen on things being shaken up. It’s not about immigration. It’s about powerful people losing power under a President Trump.
That’s why I have to laugh when I see memes online calling for people to “RESIST!”
Resist what? Trump? OK, always resist government. Government works for itself and not for you. (Despite what we’ve been told since grade school.) But the election of Trump was an act of resistance itself by many to an aristocracy that had tossed them aside. The “deplorables” resisted the machine. The deplorables aren’t the machine.
Saying these things, again, “resisting” government generally is a very good thing for those who believe in human and individual dignity. But “resisting” because an entrenched aristocracy doesn’t like a boorish new president that they find distasteful isn’t really an act of defiance. It’s kind of a twisted compliance to the powers that be.
(From The New York Post)
In a new Facebook post, OFA calls on activists to mobilize against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, when “representatives are going to be in their home districts.”
The protesters disrupted town halls earlier this month, including one held in Utah by House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry demonstrators claiming to be his constituents.
The manual, published with OFA partner “Indivisible,” advises protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms, and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host’s positions. “This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” It also urges them to ask “hostile” questions — while keeping “a firm hold on the mic” — and loudly boo the GOP politician if he isn’t “giving you real answers.”
These folks are certainly within their rights to do this, just as it is within the rights of those who would expose their tactics to expose their tactics. But let’s be clear. This is just Saul Alinskyism writ large. One must understand this to understand what is actually going on. The Alinksyites count on the ignorance of their real and perceived opposition. Otherwise the tactics don’t work.
One additional point has to be made. How insane is it that the lefty “organizers” are really doing the work of the established corporatists? (Not that Trump doesn’t like corporations.)
Yes the world has gone nuts.