Michael Moore has published an op-ed in the Huffington Post detailing a ten point plan to take down Donald Trump and his terrifying Administration. We have pared back his text to the bare essentials here, but we recommend you check out his full post. It contains all the detail you need to start taking down Trump right now.
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- THE DAILY CALL:
It is impossible to overstate just how much power you have by making this simple, quick DAILY CALL. I know from firsthand experience the impact it has. These politicians freak out if they get just 10 calls on an issue. Imagine them getting 10,000!
NOTE: if you’re saying to yourself, “I don’t need to call because my rep is a Democrat!” ― that is NOT true. They need to hear from you. They need to know they have your support. Don’t believe it? Our beloved Sen. Elizabeth Warren voted in favor of Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development! I’m sure no one in Massachusetts thought they had to call her. YOU DO! She and the other Dems need to hear from the boss ― YOU! They work for us ― and what boss doesn’t have daily contact with his or her employees?
- THE MONTHLY VISIT: Your member of Congress has a local office in your town or somewhere nearby. So do both of your U.S. Senators (often in the nearest federal building). Go there and ask to speak to their aide about the issues we’re facing. Also, don’t forget to visit the local office (or the state capitol office) of your State Representative/Assemblyperson, and your State Senator.
- YOUR OWN PERSONAL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM:
You and 5 to 20 friends and family members must become your personal RAPID RESPONSE TEAM. Sign everybody up so that when we need to leap into action (like we did at the airports the hour after Trump signed his Muslim Ban), you can email and text each other and make an instant plan. On other days, you’ll share links to good investigative stories and TV news items.
- JOIN! JOIN! JOIN! We all know it’s time for all of us to be part of a greater whole, so let’s actually physically sign up online and JOIN some of our great national groups. I’ve joined Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, Democratic Socialists of America, and ERA Action. They will keep you informed of national actions and fight for us in court.
- THE WOMEN’S MARCH NEVER ENDS:
The historical, record-breaking January 21st Women’s March on Washington ― and the hundreds of other Marches that day across the U.S. and the world, with over 4 million in attendance! ― brought massive numbers of people out who had never protested in their lives. It inspired millions of others and ignited so many local movements we still can’t count them all. Every day ― still! ― dozens of actions continue to take place as if the Women’s March never ended. It hasn’t. Join it!
It’s critical that large numbers of us continue to march, protest, sit-in, and be very visible ― to Trump, so he knows we are the majority.
- TAKE OVER THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY:
The old guard of the party has twice in 16 years presided over the majority of Americans electing the Democrat to the White House ― only for us all to see the losing Republican inaugurated as president. How is it that we have won the popular vote in SIX OF THE LAST SEVEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ― the Republicans have only won ONCE since 1988 ― and yet, we hold NO power in any branch of government?! God love ‘em for their contributions in the past, but if we don’t enact a radical overhaul right now, we are doomed as far as having a true opposition party during the Trump era.
- HELP FORM BLUE REGIONS OF RESISTANCE:
If you live in a Blue State, you have one of the MOST important tasks to complete: Show the rest of America what it looks like when Trump isn’t in charge! Blue States and Blue Cities must do an end-run around Trump and create the America we want to live in. That means New York goes ahead and offers Free College for All. California can create its own Universal Health Care. Oregon can stop mass incarceration of African Americans. Hawaii can enact its own climate change laws. Blue States can show the rest of country how much better life can be.
- YOU MUST RUN FOR OFFICE:
I know, that’s the LAST thing you want to do. But if we keep leaving the job up to the dismal, lame, pathetic political hacks who have sold us all down the river, then what right do we have to complain? This is only going to get fixed when you and I decide we are willing to put in our time ― even if it is a brief time ― and run for office.
I realize most of you can’t do this ― but there is one office every one of us can and SHOULD run for next year: PRECINCT DELEGATE. Every precinct, every neighborhood can elect x-number of Dems to the county Democratic Convention. It’s on the ballot and it’s usually blank – no one runs for it. So the precinct delegates end up being appointed by the party hacks. And that’s who ends up eventually at the national convention to pick the next presidential candidate. So this is an important position to run for. The time commitment is just 3 hours a year! You attend the county convention ― that’s it.
- YOU MUST BECOME THE MEDIA:
Stop complaining about the media, stop wishing they were something they’re not, find the ones who are doing a good job and then start your own “media empire” by sharing their work and your work on the internet. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media sites to spread news and information.
- JOIN THE ARMY OF COMEDY:
Trump’s Achilles heel is his massively thin skin. He can’t take mockery. So we all need to MOCK HIM UP! Use your sense of humor and share it with people. Get them to do the same. Keep sending around the SNL links spoofing Sean Spicer, Trump and Kellyanne ― there’s no such thing as watching them too many times! I truly believe the final tipping point for Trump will be when he implodes from all the laughter ― the mocking, the unbearable ridicule of tens of millions of Americans that will discombobulate him and force him out of the White House.
This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.