And So It Begins

As I write this it is May 17th, 2017 and The Donald is having a very BAD day. Not that I consider that a bad thing for me of course ūüôā

It started this morning when Congressman Al Green of Texas called for Trump’s impeachment on the house floor. As you may be aware, impeachment proceedings must begin in the US House of¬†Representatives before the matter can proceed to the US Senate for trial. Rep. Green’s brave stand made that now possible, and I was quick to call my representative and encourage her to support Green.

And then the day got better.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special prosecutor overseeing the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election! This is something¬†I’ve been pestering elected officials to do for months. We have desperately needed an independent legal authority to dig into Trump’s Russian dirt. Someone with the power to subpoena¬†his tax returns and compel witnesses to testify, and now we have such a person.

And then the day got even better.

The Washington Post reported that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy apparently¬†was recorded telling colleagues that he thinks Putin “pays” Trump! The recording has him making the¬†assertion in a conversation with fellow lawmakers ‚Äē including House Speaker Paul Ryan ‚Äē months before the election! Now the question is not just, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” but “Hey, what about that speaker guy…what did he know and when?” This has the potential to rip apart the entire Republican establishment in Washington root and branch, and I have my popcorn ready.

And then it got even better still!

According to the site Real Clear Politics, Trump’s approval rating has once more dipped¬†down into the 30s. He now has an average approval rating of 39.8, a low he has been at just once before. However, his disapproval is now higher than ever with an average of 55% of Americans giving him the thumbs-down. Keep in mind that every DC politician wants to hitch their trailer to a star, not a rock. If this tailspin is maintained, Trump will lose every ally he has in congress and Mr. Green’s impeachment¬†vote will almost certainly¬†find favor. This is especially true if our new best friend¬† Robert Mueller finds significant¬†evidence of wrongdoing.

In short, it’s been a very, very good day for the resistance and a very bad one for the Orange Baboon.

So, what am I going to do to celebrate? Nothing! The war is not yet won. The Resistance must struggle on. We now have momentum, and we dare not squander it. We must keep calling our elected officials. We must keep writing letters to our editors. We must keep marching, and we must keep reaching out to our fellow citizens to oppose Trump.

Keep fighting until the fight is won, people. And take strength from every good day!

 

By Clayton Callahan

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Hearts and Minds in the War Against Trump

I know it’s amazing to those of us who actually pay attention to what’s going on in this country, but just over 40% of our fellow Americans still think Trump is doing a good job. In fact, he even rates high with this group when asked specific questions like, “Is Trump keeping his promises,” or “Are manufacturing jobs returning since Trump became president.” This is according to the site Real Clear Politics, by the way, which you can find at…

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_trump_job_approval-6179.html

Now, I don’t mean to depress you, gentle¬†reader. Rather I wish to inspire you to action! An action that you can take in small ways every day. Face it, senators and congressmen can be hard to reach but a living, breathing Trump supporter is much easier to get in touch with. And that is an opportunity¬†we all must seize upon.

How many Facebook friends have we “unfriended” since November 8th, 2016? If you’re like me the answer is quite a few. ¬†But looking back, I now realize these were tactical mistakes. In fact, we need to be in communication with these Trump supporting friends now more than ever. The longer Trump remains in the White House, the more promises he breaks and the more mistakes he makes. You can rest assured that Fox News won’t make your Republican buddy aware of all Trump’s cockups…but you can. Honest dialog is our best chance to degrade Trump’s support and we¬†need to be engaging in it.

I recommend¬†you keep it as polite as possible. Phrase things in a way that will appeal to the Trump supporter: “You know I’m as patriotic as you, that’s why this Russian thing really has me concerned. What do you think?” Plant that seed of truth and nourish it. As it stands, Trump is too popular for the GOP lead House of Representatives to move to impeach him. We must, therefore, undermine that popularity one citizen at a time until¬†it becomes politically¬†possible for them to kick him to the curb.

At no time in his presidency has Trump been at less than 39% approval. I challenge¬†each and every knowledgeable American to work to get that number to under 20%. This is a war we can win, folks, but to do so, we’re going to have to start talking to people on the other side.

Good luck to us all.

 

By Clayton Callahan