In an earlier post, I suggested I wasn’t happy with a reject everything posture for resisting the Trump empire. So here are my initial thoughts on what my core issues are that will capture my attention over the next 4 years:
- Universal Healthcare
- Free Public Education
- Strong Personal and National Security
- Strong Communities and Neighborhoods
Jobs and infrastructure are important but they can also be seen as byproducts of the core issues. To expand access to healthcare, to improve education, to strengthen personal and national security, and to provide strong communities and neighborhoods all require more quality, reasonable paying jobs. The will also require improvements and ongoing sustaining of our infrastructures.
International trade is a nonissue. Do we in the U.S. worry about trade across the artificial borders of states? Of course we don’t (at least not that much). So why worry about trade across the artificial borders of nations? It does seem that expanded free trade truly does help raise all boats. So make it a nonissue, one that requires no debate beyond insuring that it is done fairly to all parties and in an open manner.
But equally important to those issues is the question of how we organize our resistance to Trump and the GOP. I don’t have a clear answer for that yet but it is my focus.
This title is a great quote from a conversation between Walter Hood and Shannon Jackson about the project that Hood and UC Berkeley is pursuing with the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). The conversation was included in a recent issue of Boom and initially caught my attention because my daughter, Caitlin, works at OMCA. But the discussion between Jackson and Hood is enlightening and exciting in it’s own right.
Well worth the read!
The Inside-Out Museum/ The Inside-Out University
Two articles brought me here this morning and influence my own approach to resisting the current state of affairs. First was Finji’s blog entry, This Is Not OK. It was a nice summary of the sorry state that has become reality with the takeover of U.S. government by Trump and Friends. Like many others, it is a statement that they do not accept what has happened and will be an ongoing voice and force for change and resistance.
I applauded that post. The second article was about The Indivisible Guide. Like Finji, these folks want to resist the Trumpian era and do all they can to restore decency, integrity, and honor to American politics and leadership.
But the Indivisible Guide suggests tactics that I am not comfortable with. Their tactic is simple: block everything, don’t offer alternatives. Even the folks at CrimEthnic.com offer some sort of alternative (yes, I consider anarchy an alternative).
I have no problem with resisting and blocking the coming tide of indecent, dishonest, and harmful moves that are the goal of Trump, McConnell, Ryan, Roberts, and friends. But I also believe we need to provide a vision of a healthy, inclusive, and affirming alternative.