It’s true—United we stand

Protesting Trump’s cabinet outside Senator Cornyn’s office. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Author: Stephanie from Austin TX

In a world that seems to be going to hell in a hand basket, fueled by hatred and helped along by the capacity for a nuclear holocaust and destruction of environmental sustainability, what do you do?

You can wallow in rage, hatefulness, and vengefulness, wrecking your own mental health and hurting people around you, or

You can join with like-minded individuals who value love over hate, peace over war, compassion over vengefulness, justice over exploitation. You can link up with people who can foresee what will happen to enormous segments of life on earth if greedy exploiters of its resources and promoters of divisiveness are not reined in.

For those of you open to doing something to confront the wages of greed and the destructive isms of the time, one movement you might consider joining is the Indivisible movement.

One of the things I like about the movement is its emphasis on stopping Trump’s platform, the specific things he and his henchmen want to do that will make life worse for millions of people and the earth on which we live.

A lot of the energy in the current resistance movement targets Trump the man, the symbol of the greediest of the one percent of the one percent; the icon for the dispossessed, the disillusioned, and the distraught; the reincarnation of the cataclysmic fascism of the last century.

What I value in the central Indivisible credo is its emphasis on stopping inhumane, unjust, and destructive policies—executive orders, laws, and dis-regulations that hurt innocent people and the environments in which most people struggle to survive. If you can improve the policies, the procedures, the ethics, then individual representatives of greed and destructiveness can do less damage.

Looking for an optimism boost?

Visit the Indivisible Guide to Stopping the Trump Agenda.

Download the Indivisible Guide

Learn more about its efforts to mobilize resistance to the Trump agenda

Check out youtube videos of local actions


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4 Responses to It’s true—United we stand

  1. LB says:

    Are we truly united in a shared and inclusive vision? I don’t think we’re there yet, nor do we seem united in our understanding of the roots of our problems, which are systemic and were building long before Trump. Indivisible’s wording seems to foster more of the same thinking that got us here, more us against them, Democrats against Republicans, as if one side (in this case, Democrats) will save us from the self-destructive, capitalistic system supported by both.

    Indivisible talks about strategy but what about specific goals? Considering the authors of Indivisible are (liberal/progressive) Democrats who serve or have served as insiders within our system (and who therefore have a vested interest in maintaining it), it’s an important question to ask.

    Sadly, I didn’t see anything at all about replacing the expensive, unaffordable, corporate-sponsored insurance mandate (ACA) with single-payer universal health care (Expanded and Improved Medicare For All; H.R. 676). Or about ending the practice of institutionalizing poor and minority non-violent offenders who then become objectified as long-term sources of slave-labor for profit as part of the prison-industrial-complex. Or about providing affordable housing for our homeless, poor, lower-to-middle and shrinking middle class populations who often struggle to survive, rarely attend protests and whose interests seem underrepresented except when exploited for political purposes.

    Also nothing about ending the weapon-sales, drone-killings, murders, torture, aggression, oppression and political manipulations committed by the U.S. throughout the world as part of our country’s industrial-military-complex. The U.S. plays a direct role in the creation of political and economic refugees, those who are *forced* to emigrate and the accompanying problems of discrimination and dehumanization they faced as immigrants and refugees . . . injustices ignored, perpetuated or authored by Democrats and which have been a part of our system long before this new president took office.

    You mentioned war in your post, Kathie. I hope well-intentioned protestors make an effort to become more informed and to resist the growing pressure coming from both sides (Democrats and Republicans/liberals and conservatives) to start another Cold War with Russia, keeping in mind wars are fought for profit and power:

  2. LB says:

    I’ve been contacting my Democratic representatives for years, mostly as a matter of principle. As an informal advocate for various causes, I’ve discovered many of the folks I reach out to (liberal Democratic friends, community and church leaders) have very different, somewhat limited views of the world; politically hot issues capture their attention, others not so much, if at all.

    I still comment online. Other than that, I rarely advocate the way I used to. Most people aren’t interested, something I’m slowly learning/trying to accept.

  3. Barbara says:

    I did a search on the intriguing word “dis-regulation” and found the prefix “dis” defined as “having a negative or reversing form.” or “to refuse or cause the opposite.” That was depressing until I found an optimism boost in Alexander Rollins’s “There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.” Unfortunately, President Trump could not veer further from this policy. In the end we may see a new word in our dictionaries: dis-Trump. And perhaps related terms such as distrumpify, and distrumpilated.

  4. Kayla says:

    One of the more concerning aspects of Trumps demonizing presidency is that he continually makes public outcrys against the media. As a firm believer that global warming is a “hoax,” Trump almost immediately placed restrictions on the EPA and what the EPA is allowed to release to the press. Preventing facts from reaching the public leads to dictatorship and is in stark contrast to one of our fundamental rights: the right to freedom of the press. It is difficult to remain united when facts are prevented from reaching the public. We must continue the fight for freedom of the press and for reliable sources of information, for these values empower us with the ability to stand up for what we believe in and keep this nation a democracy.

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