Step 1: Bust up the unions to eliminate collective bargaining ability.
Step 2: Implement ironically named “Right to Work” laws that allow employers to fire any employee at any time for any reason without having to prove cause.
Step 3: Eliminate requirements for vacation/sick leave benefits after allowing businesses to fire people for needing a day off.
Step 4: Put as many people as possible into non-standard work schedules so they can’t predict from one week to the next when their shifts will be.
Step 5: Tie health care to employment so people are afraid that if they lose they’re current job they’ll lose their family health care.
The order of the steps is irrelevant, once completed, not only have you made it difficult for many people to be able to get to an open voting center, but you’ve eliminated their ability to be able to coordinate protest and resist injustice without fear of completely losing their ability to provide care for their families.
People all over the world are asking why Americans are not in the street every day right now protesting what is happening in our Congressional Halls, White House, and Federal and Supreme Courts.
This is the answer.
In addition is the fact that far too many of us are allowing ourselves to have what protest efforts we can manage divided. Some people fight for Black Rights, others fight for Women’s Rights, others are fighting Immigration injustices, some fighting the attacks on the press, others fighting environmentally destructive policies, yet others are fighting against voter suppression efforts, and on and on…. that we’re not coming together to deal with the underlying causation of all of them.
No matter what issue is raised about this president it all boils down simply.
We need to remember that we are fighting against a small group of kleptocrats put in power by an adversarial government with the purposes of dismantling America’s democracy and its international influence, and they are using willful ignorance, racism, misogyny, religious bigotry, and divisive partisan politics to accomplish it.
When viewed in that light, every single thing he has done, and everything others are doing to defend him, makes perfect sense.
And THAT is what all of us need to be protesting.
As many of us as possible, every moment of every day.
We need to protest at the ballots.
We need to protest in the streets.
We need to protest online.
And we need to never give up.
It isn’t just your rights, freedoms, safety, and future you are fighting for. It’s everyone’s. It’s your kid’s. It’s your kid’s kid’s. Whether they understand it or not it is even that of those that voted for and still defend him after all that he’s already done.