A practical guide For resisting the Trump agenda
Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.
Last month, some former Democratic congressional staffers published an online document called, “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” The guide is a compelling overview on how to influence members of Congress, and while it includes all kinds of useful advice, note what it says at the bottom of page 4: “Calls are a light lift but can have an impact. Organize your local group to barrage your [members of Congress] at an opportune moment about and on a specific issue.”
Let’s not overstate matters: phone calls alone will not get the House and Senate, dominated by radicalized Republicans, to suddenly start acting responsibly. But yesterday offered a proof of concept: GOP members pushed a bad idea, which they dropped quite quickly in the face of public pressure.
This has happened before – some Republicans were open to gun background checks, for example, right up until NRA members started calling members’ offices in droves – and it can happen again. The moral of the story is that Democrats and progressive voters in general need not be angry spectators for the next two-to-four years. The more they get off the couch and remain engaged, the greater their impact will be.