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How to Stop Trump (2)

March 21, 2016

On (revised) page one of this episode I suggest that Trump and his type can be stopped by political action that diminishes his popular support (and simultaneously builds popular support for progressive governance). Here I’ll start thinking out loud about ways of doing that. I’ll post some ideas, and then revisit the pages if/when I have more.

I have revised page 1 to do more justice to Trump as a toxin, not just a symptom. So I want to add that we must call to account, by name and description, any politician or corporatist who damages and destroys lives. This is a tactic that has proven effective in the international campaign for human rights. Be specific about the destructive act, and provide evidence. For instance: the executive and legislative actions of Mike Pence, the (R, need I say) Governor of Indiana, show that he does everything he can, to try to make people’s lives miserable, if their gender or sexuality doesn’t fit the mold of his religious preference.

But do not demonize Trump, even if he’s demonic, because he feeds on such energies, and his supporters will think we are shaming them, and will resist. Plus, it’s inaccurate.  Trump is just a foolish person, even if a richman and a fascist.  [ * Brilliant example, moments ago.]

Next I want to affirm that we must have Zero Tolerance of Violence (ZTV) by anyone.

Trump will try to incite violence. Like the Joker, he thrives on chaos, and like Europen fascists he thrives on passionate resentment. He’ll try to replace thought with physical force. He must be constantly called to account for anything violent done by him or his supporters. This will be harder to do with a Money Media that wants a Republican president.

By contrast, we opponents of Trump must be entirely nonviolent and must absorb any violence that is inflicted on us, such as when we call Trump to account by protesting at his rallies. This peacefulness frustrates the violent, renders them impotent, and makes them feel foolish.

It’s best to outdo a wicked clown with humor and good humor.

Peacefulness also occupies the moral high ground, and it demonstrates to the fearful that they have nothing to fear.

Peaceful physical/mental resistance demonstrates by manner and actions that we, too, are not afraid (even when we are). That is, we are aware of what the T supporters perceive as dangerous, and it does not scare us. In turn, this gains respect and suggests that no one need be paralyzed by fear.

Thus the perspective changes to moments of calm rationality (and good breathing, even if in a jail cell in Birmingham) in which some persons on both sides become vulnerable to gestures of common humanity.

Often this is simply a matter of describing actual reality. A person’s point of view can be gently and patiently modified, by one that is accurately informed, to one that is accurately informed.

So, as a major part of peacefulness and accurate description, we must not demonize Trump supporters (more about that on page 3—and remember that these are pages of a novel).

[ * This Epic Takedown by Sen. Warren (on Facebook):

“Let’s be honest – Donald Trump is a loser. Count all his failed businesses. See how he kept his father’s empire afloat by cheating people with scams like Trump University and by using strategic corporate bankruptcy (excuse me, bankruptcies) to skip out on debt. Listen to the experts who’ve concluded he’s so bad at business that he might have more money today if he’d put his entire inheritance into an index fund and just left it alone.

Trump seems to know he’s a loser. His embarrassing insecurities are on parade: petty bullying, attacks on women, cheap racism, and flagrant narcissism. But just because Trump is a loser everywhere else doesn’t mean he’ll lose this election. People have been underestimating his campaign for nearly a year – and it’s time to wake up.

People talk about how ‘this is the most important election’ in our lifetime every four years, and it gets stale. But consider what hangs in the balance. Affordable college. Accountability for Wall Street. Healthcare for millions of Americans. The Supreme Court. Big corporations and billionaires paying their fair share of taxes. Expanded Social Security. Investments in infrastructure and medical research and jobs right here in America. The chance to turn our back on the ugliness of hatred, sexism, racism and xenophobia. The chance to be a better people.

More than anyone we’ve seen before come within reach of the presidency, Donald Trump stands ready to tear apart an America that was built on values like decency, community, and concern for our neighbors. Many of history’s worst authoritarians started out as losers – and Trump is a serious threat. The way I see it, it’s our job to make sure he ends this campaign every bit the loser that he started it.” ]

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