Monday, November 28, 2016

My Resistance Journal - Nov 28, 2016

I'm taking at least one Daily Action to #ResistTrump! Every day, I Affirm, Sustain, Reflect, and then Act. To see the Affirmation, click here. To see the Principles I'm working from, click here. So what are you doing? Let me know in the comments, and maybe I'll do it too!

Today's Sustenance
"I Shall Not be Moved" as sung by Johnny Cash. Hear it here on Spotify.

Today's Reflection
So many things had to go wrong, for Trumpism to take hold. The good news is, it took a perfect storm of media cowardice, celebrity culture, xenophobia, FBI shenanigans, Wikileaks, Putin, a left that was both complacent and outraged, and, of course, misogyny. The bad news is, well, it worked. Everything from the NYT to Nate Silver failed this time. Where do we put our faith? I put my faith in God and in myself. I know who I am and where I stand and I will resist. 

Today's Action
Trump's latest tweet storm about the election results has pushed me back into Electoral College activism. Over at, their analysis is that this tweet isn't simply more bluster from Trump, but the beginnings of a precision attack on voting rights. If this attack is successful (and, frankly, who's going to stop them?), it could keep them in power indefinitely. This is how authoritarianism takes hold--with "elections" that the opposition can't win. 

So I'm back to trying to cut him off at the pass with the Electoral College. The chances of change here are slim, but success would pull Trumpism up by the root and save us from potential catastrophe.

Ask the Electors is a cool site that allows you to email the Electors using your own email account. It's a snazzy tool. Just press "Voice Your Concerns," and compose your email. When you hit send, you'll be given the option to cut and paste or use gmail or other services to send your email. I sent mine via gmail. (I've also joined the Hamilton Electors page on Facebook, but I'm still not exactly sure what they are about.)

It's an easy one! Here's the email I sent, if you'd like to copy and modify:

Dear Elector,

My name is Wayne Self from Aliso Viejo, CA.

I would be fine with a moderate or even conservative Republican who was qualified and believed in the limitations of the office. But each day we get another indication that Donald Trump will have unprecedented conflicts of interest, unprecedented disdain for his critics in the public and in the press, and unprecedented willingness to include at the highest levels of power people who think of themselves as at war with various groups within this country. 

This is not acceptable in any President, certainly not one who has lost the popular vote by 2 million and colluded with Russia to do it. Please, please select someone other than Donald Trump to be President. The future of our democratic republic is at stake. 

Thank you for your time and consideration, I appreciate and respect the role you serve in our electoral process.

​Wayne Self​




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