Donald Trump will be arriving at the White House in January as some expected. For those Democrats or Democratic supporters, here are the six short-term strategies to deal with the situation. Consider this the new PLAN B.
To clarify: this plan is for people and organizations — not for Democratic Party officials. Party officials should take a lesson from how Republican officials treated Barrack Obama:
‘We can’t play.’ What they said right from the get-go was, It doesn’t matter what the hell you do, we ain’t going to help you. We’re going to stand on the sidelines and bitch.
Politicians caving in to the “other” party need to deal with fallout in #3 below.
1. Do not disrupt the Donald Trump administration unless it disrupts you.
Some people thought that Donald Trump was more moderate than his rhetoric, so they supported him with wishful thinking. Now that the election is over, we need to consider this possibility before we assume that he is all bad. We have no other choice. Maybe there will be some pleasant surprises. If not, the bad things will come right away.
Protests against the election itself are an absolute no-no. Donald Trump is not a traditional establishment Republican. He won the primaries because he contrasted his stated views against establishment Republicans, particularly primary rival Jeb Bush. There are three important reasons to wait until Donald Trump produces actual bad policies, then protest those policies vigorously.
First, Donald Trump wants to succeed. He has exhibited traits that show he is largely without principle, and will often go the way the wind blows. If a harsh wind blows excessive protests toward him even before he has actually done something to deserve it, while a seductive wind of Republican establishment politicians in power blows a gentle enticing wind toward him, he will go with the establishment. We should not push him into their hands.
Second, we do not want to have protests without major popular support. This means that we literally have to wait until significant damage is done before serious protesting. As we have seen recently with both OWS and BLM, popular support of protests wears thin quickly. Strike at just the right time. Always always avoid violence. A premature protest could be very harmful to the Fourth Amendment, which will head fast toward total obliteration based on recent Supreme Court cases.
Third, preemptive protests would “prove” Donald Trump right to his base which would then work very hard to consolidate his power.
2. Trans-Pacific Partnership must not be passed in the lame-duck session.
Both the Democrats in the White House and the Republicans in the Senate need to know that we will not tolerate a so-called “trade” deal that allows businesses to sue governments in private kangaroo courts.
For those who are itching to protest before Donald Trump actually takes his first bad action, this is a great cause.
3. There must be fallout within the Democratic establishment.
If we feel like protesting, right now is the best time to order or force a restructuring of the Democratic Party. Certainly every person involved in the most egregious WikiLeaks email dumps has to be out. We cannot worry about their feelings. Nobody has a right to be at the top of a political party. They simply must go. Get this over early and a new unity will have time to grow before 2018.
We can start by incorporating the views expressed by Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders: “Sanders called for a movement taking on the economic and political establishment, ‘not one of which is part of it.’”
4. Join another party or become an independent.
If the Democratic Party refuses to account for what happened – or if the partisan population is unwilling to discuss this rationally – then the party needs to be abandoned. To show them we mean business, we can re-register at any time to another party or to independent.
5. We need to insist upon election quality reform quickly.
There was much gaming of the 2016 election. We know this because the exit polls do not match the official results. Historically, these mismatches were the best evidence of election fraud.
Prior to the 2002 election, exit polling was generally right on target. [PDF] But something happened. In 2000, one particular state election result – Florida in the presidential race – was suddenly way off. The response was the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). HAVA induced states to replace their relatively secure voting systems with unaccountable proprietary unverifiable or unverified systems.
Exit polling has been foul ever since. A whole new “science” of exit polling developed. First, exit polls were “adjusted” after posting, then they were pre-adjusted to correct for “red shift.” Exit polls have also been modified to violate standard statistical methods, for example, by skewing samples. Earlier this year, some exit polls were eliminated. Finally, after this election 16 years out from the Bush v. Gore fiasco, many have not learned or have forgotten the purpose of exit polls. Instead of questioning how it happened, they are blaming the pollsters. What about the elections?
Now, we have famous political pundit Frank Luntz responding, “All exit polls should be banned.” This would be the final step in the destruction of democratic elections. Do not underestimate the significance of such a proposal.
Both election voting systems and exit polling methods are relatively low-technology endeavors. Both need to be redesigned to work so that they come together and produce nearly perfect correlations. This is actually pretty easy. We need to insist this be done.
6. Every major election must be challenged with a real contest.
Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and other Senate incumbents from both parties in deep blue or deep red states were handed new six-year terms without a contest. These people are barely accountable to anyone in these one party races. Every Senate incumbent coming up for re-election in 2018 must be challenged either in the primary or the general election – preferably both. This happened with success in the 2010 “Tea Party” year.
Start finding, helping or becoming these challengers today. Of course, this applies beyond the Senate to the House, the state legislature or any other race where someone is available to run.