The Resistance Report – 7.15.18

The Resistance Report – 7.15.18

“Betrayal”

“From Trump’s first meetings with the Soviets… to his jaw-dropping hire of Paul Manafort… the litany of direct and indirect contacts with the Kremlin exceeds all possible exculpatory explanations…

It is impossible to see the total picture and reach the conclusion that there is an innocent explanation behind it all. There’s simply too much to explain away.”

The Resistance Report – 7.1.18

The Resistance Report – 7.1.18

“People Power”

“The facts set forth before the Court portray reactive governance — responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making… They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process in our Constitution. . . . Extraordinary relief is requested, and is warranted under the circumstances.”

The Resistance Report – 6.17.18

The Resistance Report – 6.17.18

“Facing the Beast”

I can’t count the number of times that I’ve read some variant of the phrase “when will Republicans finally put country ahead of party?”. Surely by now we all know the answer: it ain’t gonna happen. What we’ve seen over the last week is our country falling even deeper into fascism. I don’t use that word lightly. Yet Republicans are all on board, competing to see who can be more fawning over Trump, who is most willing to embrace and embellish his most recent lie.

They will never do the right thing. They have to be defeated and driven out.

The Resistance Report – 6.10.18

The Resistance Report – 6.10.18

“A Threat to the Foundations of Democracy”


“That's one of the biggest problems in confronting the Russia scandal: There's so much involved, and so many people doing so many things that are so obviously wrong, that it can be difficult not to be overwhelmed. Which is why we have to speak honestly about what is happening. When people say about Trump "This is not normal," they aren't wrong, but they're not going nearly far enough. This isn't just not normal, it's an abomination, a threat to the foundations of the American democratic system.” 

The Resistance Report – 6.3.18

The Resistance Report – 6.3.18

“A Recipe for Tyranny”

“The kind of presidency that Hamilton and others feared has arrived. It comes naturally to the demagogue, a core feature of his politics, to attempt to make on his own terms, and in his own interests… The demagogue may sell his version of change as critical to the nation’s welfare; his concern will be above all with his own.The response of Congress and the courts will determine not only Donald Trump’s political future, but also the shape of things to come long after he is gone.”


The Resistance Report – 5.27.18

The Resistance Report – 5.27.18

“Refuse to Be An Accomplice”

“We should be asking what each one of us can do to assert a fact-based reality at any given time. The great French thinker and activist Simone Weil had a prescription that she wrote down in her journal in 1933: “Never react to an evil in such a way as to augment it.” A few days later, she added, “Refuse to be an accomplice. Don’t lie—don’t keep your eyes shut.””

The Resistance Report – 5.6.18

The Resistance Report – 5.6.18

“Rampant Criminality”

“I know dozens of reporters and other investigators who have studied Donald Trump and his business and political ties. Some have been skeptical of the idea that President Trump himself knowingly colluded with Russian officials…However, I am unaware of anybody who has taken a serious look at Trump’s business who doesn’t believe that there is a high likelihood of rampant criminality.”

The Resistance Report – 4.22.18

The Resistance Report – 4.22.18

“198 Days”

This, then, is the article we thought we would never write: a frank statement that a certain form of partisanship is now a moral necessity. The Republican Party, as an institution, has become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our democracy. The problem is not just Donald Trump; it’s the larger political apparatus that made a conscious decision to enable him.

The Resistance Report – 4.15.18

The Resistance Report – 4.15.18

“The Rule of Law”

What is the essence that sets America apart, the defining difference? The break with history that began the American experiment is embodied in our two founding documents, which together assert our rights as a people and codify the laws necessary to regulate and protect those rights:  the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We are as a people, lifted up and held together by the rule of law.

The Resistance Report – 4.8.18

The Resistance Report – 4.8.18

“Voice”

In a healthy democracy, the most powerful voice is that of the people. Everything flows from and is responsible to that voice:  “of the people, by the people, for the people.” And of course that voice is just the sound of one voice, joined by another and another still. For us to counter, indeed to drown and silence Trump’s whining, his lying, his inciting, it takes one thing, multiplied over and over:  our voice.

The Resistance Report – 4.2.18

The Resistance Report – 4.2.18

“A House of Mirrors”

Is disorientation – deliberate, ever-changing, coordinated – the defining characteristic of the Trump regime thus far? Trump and his propaganda ecosystem thrive and rely upon producing a Bizarro, gaslit alternate world to hold their base in thrall and to keep everyone else on edge and off balance. Without the constant stream of disinformation could that world survive?

The Resistance Report – 3.25.18

The Resistance Report – 3.25.18

“Fight for Your Lives Before It’s Someone Else’s Job”

 

“This is a movement. This is a movement relying on the persistence and the passion of its people… There will be no faltering, no pauses in our cause. Every moment will be dedicated to those pieces of legislation. Every march. Every meeting. Every moment…

The Resistance Report - 3.18.18

The Resistance Report - 3.18.18

“Bringing Normal Back”
 
Trump's creating energy among the Democratic base that wants to come out and wants to make the change and wants to do something to fight back against what's happening. At the same time, he's creating enough chaos and divisiveness and hostility that Republicans who would never ordinarily vote for a Democrat say, "Okay, well I've got all the chaos and hostility I can handle right now. I'll vote for somebody who wants to try to find common ground and get things done for me, even if they're a Democrat.”

 

The Resistance Report - 3.11.2018

The Resistance Report - 3.11.2018

“Shall Not Perish from the Earth”
As in Lincoln’s time, so too in ours. Our work is so different, but in one critical way the same. We are called upon to save our “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” In our time it is not only the Revolutionary and Civil War dead who must not have died in vain, but also all who have sacrificed since, in world wars fighting militarism and fascism and in battles for freedom here at home, in the struggle for civil rights and equality for all. And we must also save our country for our children, whose birthright should be a free and a just nation.

The Resistance Report - 3.4.2018

The Resistance Report - 3.4.2018

“Fierce Determination”

"We've had enough of thoughts and prayers. We've had enough of 'We're in your consideration.' 'We're going to think about it.' 'We're going to tell you how we feel because we support you so much.' Because we know that that is not true. If you supported us, you would have made a change long ago and you would be making a change now. So this is to every lawmaker out there. No longer can you take money from the NRA. No longer can you fly under the radar doing whatever it is that you want to do. Because we are coming after you. We are coming after every single one of you and demanding that you take action.”