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.”

The Resistance Report - 2.11.2018

The Resistance Report - 2.11.2018

The Big Lie
Often to understand what’s happening in the news we need context – sometimes of larger events, but sometimes of the techniques that are being used. The continued Republican attack on the FBI (using the debunked Nunes memo) is such an example. In order to see what’s being done, we need to understand the power and use of the propaganda technique, the “Big Lie”:

The Resistance Report - 2.4.2018

The Resistance Report - 2.4.2018

The Rule of Law Attacked
The big story of the week was the Republican attack on the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISA”) in an effort to discredit the Mueller investigation. The attack was nominally about the attempt to make public Chairman Devin Nunes’s memo from the House Intelligence Committee purporting to show that the FISA surveillance of suspected Russian asset and former Trump campaign official Carter Page was politically motivated.

The Resistance Report - 1.28.2018

The Resistance Report - 1.28.2018

The Shutdown Crumbles
It may seem like a long time ago now, but when the week began, the government was shut down, lacking enough votes in the Senate to pass a continuing resolution to keep it funded. The sticking point was the fate of the DREAMers, approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children and have grown up here.