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In the terrifying Alice-in-Wonderland days of a new President with little understanding of the Constitution and no respect for principles of social justice, the slogan RESIST has gone viral, as well it should. The big questions are: RESIST WHOM? RESIST HOW?

Although the focus has been on Donald Trump, who so far has seemed to attract adoration and loathing in large quantities, but has many pundits have increasingly pointed out, Trump is a symptom and an outcome of problems that have been besieging the American political system for generations.

The millions of Americans who are horrified by Donald Trump as President need to address the factors that led to his (mis)election and that could enable him to put his noxious plans into effect.

Some very good advice on this issue comes from an article entitled “How to stop an autocracy” by Ezra Klein on Vox .

Klein’s thesis is that “The danger isn’t that Trump will build an autocracy; It’s that Congressional Republicans will let him.” And the threat is not autocracy but “partyocracy.”

Klein offers some excellent insight into the wisdom and intentions of the creators of the Founding Fathers, and an extensive analysis of david Frum’s Atlantic article  “How to build an autocracy”

In his discussion of the role of the U.S. Constitutional separation of powers in curbing excesses by the Executive Branch, Klein tips his hat to authorities in the Judicial system who are challenging the legality of Trump’s anti-immigration efforts; however, he puts particular emphasis on the corrective balance that could be exercised the legislative branch–i.e., Congress.

One of Klein’s main concerns, which he believes the Founding Fathers failed to anticipate, is the pernicious effect on checks and balances that can accrue in a rigidly two-party system in which the goal of each party is essentially to pursue its own agenda and try to subvert the other party.

Looking for ways to resist the Trump agenda? I recommend that you read Klein’s full article and send your comments about it to this post on engaging peace.




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  1. Thanks for your short, on-target article, Kathie. Three quick notes:
    1) It might be fleshed out a bit by use of the word plutocracy.
    2) The Republicans, far more than the Democrats, and far more expertly, have long been committed to subverting the other political party (at great expense to the nation and democracy).
    3) Vocal resistance to injustice and moral absurdity has long had its rightful place in American history, and, of course, still does. I’m thinking in particular of Thomas Paine and Martin Luther King, among other iconic peace-and-justice makers. On the other hand, and maybe especially in these times of ideological lunacy on the so-called “right,” perhaps it will be helpful to hear some sage advice from a zen perspective, which I seek to exhibit in the following poem (with a bow to Zen Master Hakuan) …


    Do not try to reason
    with irrational persons.
    Just say, “Is that so?”
    Then let it go.

  2. Dot Walsh says:

    Nice article Kathie, I also read your suggestion on Vox and agree the real threat and place to figure out how to support is Congress. Massachusetts is not the problem. However if we can figure out how to support Republicans in states that might see the light that would be a good move.

  3. Dot Walsh says:

    Thanks Stefan, I like that poem and the message. I think every time people start talking about Trump this Trump that he gets glorified even if the message is negative. I refuse to get into the debate and leave it to my husband to get the daily update. I am reading some interesting books that fill me with searching thoughts and in the meantime I do what I can to respond to the fear that is thriving in the community. Here is a quote from the book Anam Cara about fear. ” To the fearful eye all is threatening. When you look toward the world in a fearful way, all you see and concentrate on are things that can damage and threaten you.” As for me I would rather focus on the heart.

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