“So what are Democrats to do? The answer is simple: This is a game they cannot win, so they have to stop playing. Know at the outset that no matter what you say or do, Republicans will cry that you’re disrespecting good heartland voters. There is no bit of PR razzle-dazzle that will stop them…”
“Trump's power is based on performative cruelty. That is what his supporters voted for--not for any policy, and not for any other principle than to do the worst thing to people outside the fold at every opportunity. He is loathsome, but he's also keeping his promises.”
“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.”
“Good, Honest and Human”
“And why do you suppose they've invested so much in their massive propaganda campaign? Because: when something is irrefutably good, honest, and human, it's an enormous threat… For authoritarian regimes, populations embracing goodness and breaking out of the binary is a huge problem.”
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 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.
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.
“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?
“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…
“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.”