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Wikler writes: "Americans are flooding into town halls across the country. Fearful that their country is being torn apart, they are turning out to protest their representatives in record numbers."

'What are the thousands of people asking for? Protection of the vital healthcare programs that millions of lives depend on. An immediate, public, and comprehensive investigation into Trump's ties with Russia. Opposition to Trump's racist and xenophobic immigration policies.' (photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty)
'What are the thousands of people asking for? Protection of the vital healthcare programs that millions of lives depend on. An immediate, public, and comprehensive investigation into Trump's ties with Russia. Opposition to Trump's racist and xenophobic immigration policies.' (photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty)


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Yes, Liberals Are Planning Town Hall Protests. It's Called Democracy

By Ben Wikler, Guardian UK

23 February 17

 

Donald Trump sneered at ‘angry crowds’ holding politicians to account. That’s exactly what we’re doing – and we’re only just getting started

mericans are flooding into town halls across the country. Fearful that their country is being torn apart, they are turning out to protest their representatives in record numbers. Clearly, the furious crowds have gotten under Donald Trump’s skin. In a sneering tweet, the president dismissed the “so-called angry crowds” at town hall events as “planned by liberal activists.” We’ll take that as a compliment.

More than two dozen progressive activist groups are using ResistanceRecess.com, a site posted just last week by MoveOn.org, to search among more than 500 local congressional events around the country. Anyone can RSVP for an event and get a reminder email. So yes, that’s evidence of planning – apparently more planning than goes into a typical executive order issued by this White House.

But here’s the thing: the crowds are unmistakably real, and the anger runs deep.

Many of those showing up at town hall events have never done anything like that in their lives. Just like the participants in the millions-strong Women’s March and the spontaneous airport protests, the people filling these town hall events are acting with moral urgency – and with a deeply responsible sense of civic duty. Now it’s up to members of Congress to decide how to respond.

They can listen to their constituents, do their jobs and pull the country back from the precipice that Trump seems so determined to drive it off of. Or they can fail to heed the voices of their own voters – and face the consequences at the ballot box.

But one thing’s for sure: even after Congress returns from recess, the resistance isn’t going anywhere. We voters are watching.

The intensity at the town halls is so high that more than 200 elected officials have reportedly abandoned public forums in February entirely. But they’re in for the worst of it. Where politicians are cowering in fear of their constituents, citizens are forging ahead with town hall events of their own – with an empty seat at the front reserved for their member of Congress.

If their invited representatives don’t show up, the absence will speak volumes to the local news cameras and Facebook Live feeds streaming from their constituents’ mobile phones. And to make sure nobody forgets that their officials have gone AWOL, they’re buying local newspaper ads calling them out and plastering milk cartons with “MISSING” stickers in their local supermarkets.

Resistance Recess is blowing the Republicans’ momentum out to sea. But it’s not just Republicans facing energized crowds. In blue states and congressional districts, citizens are thronging to public events as well, demanding full-throated, no-fear resistance from Democratic lawmakers.

Their message: when fundamental principles, and our very constitution, is at stake, there is no room for compromise. Democrats who get the message and pledge to fight are greeted by cheers. Those who still haven’t realized that these aren’t normal times – and that their role now is to resist, not appease – are engulfed by fierce chanting: “Do your job!”

What are the thousands of people asking for? Protection of the vital healthcare programs that millions of lives depend on. An immediate, public, and comprehensive investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. The rejection of Trump’s big-business-is-always-right supreme court nominee. Opposition to Trump’s racist and xenophobic immigration policies and the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

From Republicans, a willingness to put country before party. From Democrats, the use of every available tool to block Trump’s toxic and unconstitutional agenda that would divide our communities, poison our environment and bankrupt the country for the personal benefit of billionaires like the president himself, his cabinet and his corporate-honcho allies.

If Congress doesn’t start standing up to Donald Trump, we “liberal activists” have a lot more planned – from now through the 2018 elections and beyond. We are only getting started.

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+7 # DudeistPriest 2017-02-23 18:39
Too little too late. Twittler is worse than King George III, revolution is the only answer to prevent a fascist dictatorship in the US.
 
 
-1 # ddd-rrr 2017-02-24 07:28
Quoting DudeistPriest:
Too little too late. Twittler is worse than King George III, revolution is the only answer to prevent a fascist dictatorship in the US.


A true "revolution" would, sooner or later, ALMOST CERTAINLY result
in a fascist dictatorship in the US! Destroying institutions that have
(generally...) served us well over an extended time would be a mistake,
even if done with the best of intentions.

What IS needed is what is happening now (as reported in this article),
which is an ever-growing involvement of people who detest Trumpism
(and the extreme Republican efforts to move us further toward the right)
to alter (peacefully, and within our established institutions) the direction
we appear to be headed in under Trump and the GOP.
 
 
+4 # Jaax88 2017-02-24 00:38
Got to start someplace. So Demos lost the presidency and many Congressional seats. Something has to be done about it. The outrage that is going on now at the town halls gives weight to the message that trump and his, well mouthpieces, and the fake people's representatives who are known as Repugs will be opposed and will not bend resistance to their will by saying progressives/De mos are not nice to us.
 
 
0 # HowardMH 2017-02-24 10:51
The demos have been loosing Congrensional seats ever since Obama took office. The number now is OVER 1000. Now the Demos are finally pulling their heads out of their asses, but only because of the Orange Headed Idiot in the WH. What a damn shame it took Trumpy to finally wake up the Demos. Be afraid America, be very afraid, because America appears to be getting stupider, and stupider every generation.
 
 
+10 # PaineRad 2017-02-24 01:26
Not all that different from 6 or 7 years ago when the Tea Party was screaming and spitting at Democrats. I don't remember any Republicans then saying anything about "dangerous" situations. Hypocrites. Cowards. But that is the essence of the conservatives -- they talk a game they refuse to walk.

#45 is an incompetent twit. But the Republican legislators working to finagle everything written in their little red book of warped dreams of complete power are only too willing to ride him as far as their corrupt highway will take them.

But what to make of the right-wingy Dems who vote like Republicans because their re-election is more important to them than what is best for their constituents? They don't represent the voters; they only represent themselves. Yeah, that's you, Tester, Heitkamp, Carper, Menendez, Booker, Manchin, Kaine, Warner, McCaskill, the Blue Dogs and a bunch of the New Dems.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-02-24 09:01
Let's not forget Sen. Bob Casey (PA), up for re-election in 2018 and one of 14 Dem senators who voted against Sanders' bill allowing people to get their prescription drugs from Canada.

I stopped by his office to let him know what I think of that.

I would like to see coverage of Dem town halls too. The Democrats should be aware that these raucous GOP meetings don't mean the Dems are off the hook. They are going to be held accountable too.
 
 
+1 # Bruce Gruber 2017-02-27 14:59
The Dem DNC, status-quo, Perez/Clinton selection maintains the soft disregard of a progressive organization. Blue dog and pre-compromise will assure neutered, corporate-satis fying affectation of the income-inequali ty spiral that converts ownership of everything to the plutocrats.

After more than a half-century of candidate 'selection' by approval of donors and insiders, I am no longer willing to donate or work for the opportunity to beg for compromise, hoping we'll get a thrown 'bone'. It's time to make "Independent" mean "free from corporate influence". The Independent PARTY could well raise the 'unvoted' from the dead sleep of depressed indifference.

BOTH the prevaricators and the paternalizers need some REAL competition from UNCOMPROMISING advocates FOR people. An INDEPENDENT PARTY could pull R's & D's back to the middle, where REAL people live.
 
 
+5 # relegn 2017-02-24 07:01
This activism is long overdue.
If you wish to change the economic balance in this country silence is not going to do it.
If you wish to change the political power balance in this country silence is not going to do it.
If you speak out the silence is broken.
 
 
+1 # grandlakeguy 2017-02-24 10:47
If we hope to ever change anything it is absolutely imperative that the scandal that is our fake elections is completely exposed.

With the anger and activism that is growing daily just imagine what could happen if we had a REAL election in 2018. with a solid progressive majority in both the Senate and the House. This President could be swiftly removed (VP as well) and replaced with a new Speaker of the house (hopefully not "impeachment is off of the table" Pelosi.)


Hand counted paper ballots are the path to freedom.
 
 
0 # Wise woman 2017-02-24 11:29
It's never too little too late. What's always too little is those folks who don't get out and vote. In my state (CT), were having a special election next Tuesday. He who is running, is highly educated, with a profound liberal/democra tic mindset. I will vote for him. I hadn't heard of this election through the media - hmmmm but with a flyer in the mail. Wasn't elaborate extolling his virtues - it merely said in hugh letters with accompanying picture, DUMP TRUMP.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2017-02-25 15:02
Feel the surge. The Democratic Party is coming alive and it is about time too. We need to put our millionnaire and billionaire cabinet back where it belongs, and by a swift and effective impeachment and conviction to handle Donald Trump. Oh yes, electoral reforms including paper ballotts would be very helpful.
 
 
+1 # willsud24 2017-02-26 09:54
This is good, my only fear is that all this anger towards Trump will only make another center-right Democrat like Obama appealing in 2020, say Corey Booker. You have to remember it was Obama's faux liberalism and the failing of the Clinton/Obama brand of center-right corporate liberals that gave us Trump.

The Democratic Party needs to embrace the progressives in the party or realize that voters may continue to sit elections out for a lack of real choice and real change...we don't need Obama style change. We were sold that lie once, never again. No Booker 2020.
 

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