David Frum, a former speechwriter for George Bush, has provided a few suggestions on how to beat Trump.
They include the following:
- You want to scare Trump? Be orderly, polite, and visibly patriotic.
- Don’t get sucked into the futile squabbling cul-de-sac of intersectionality and grievance politics.
- If you see guys with crowbars in the vicinity of your meeting, detain them yourselves and call the cops. You’re the defenders of the Constitution, the Republic, and the Western Alliance. Act like it.
- Concentrate superior force at a single point:
“Pass a law requiring the Treasury to release the President’s tax returns.” “An independent commission to investigate Russian meddling in the US election.” “Divest from the companies.” These are limited asks with broad appeal.
On the other hand, if you build a movement that lists those specific and limited goals along a vast and endlessly unfolding roster of others from “preserve Dodd Frank” to “save the oceans”—if you indulge the puckish anti-politics of “not usually a sign guy, but geez”—you will collapse into factionalism and futility.
- Just as the iconography of your protest should originate in the great American mainstream, the core demand of your movement should likewise be easy to explain and plausibly acceptable to that mainstream, stretching from Bernie voters to Romney donors.
- Protests can energize people and overawe governments. But it is the steady and often tedious work of organization that sustains democracy—and can change the world.
His previous article, raising fears of a slide to autocracy under Trump, is also worth reading.
Some advice from the right to the left, on how to effectively oppose the current president.