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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 07:03 PM

How do we get people to give a damn and to MOVE THEIR REPS TO ACT?

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We are all exasperated after a terrible week. We see the blatant obstruction, corruption & abuses of power, and canít stand that Trump still has the reins.

Shouting at Democratic politicians on political Twitter is not the answer. We have to make the *populace* care. /1

Despite how it feels online, the vast bulk of Americans arenít paying attention - & even if they are, they are too busy to act on whatever concerns they have. The onslaught of bad news & scandal has numbed rational America into irrational silence. THIS is what must change. /2

Ultimately our elected officials are swayed by numbers. Why havenít THEY stood up to say, ďenough is enoughĒ? Because the people havenít. We are their bosses.

Our leaders likely perceive political Twitter as aberrant. And rightfully so. We are not a representative sample. /3

So when we shout at them on Twitter, their staff likely see it and take a bit of notice - but itís not going to move them. And calling our Democratic leaders weak and feckless repeatedly only makes Vladimir Putin smile because weíre reinforcing core GOP-Kremlin messaging. /4

There are some great activists on here. We need to turn that activist energy toward educating the populace and preparing them to act. Do we want to occupy DC? Whoís stopping us? Do we want a national strike or economic walk-out? The only people in our way is us. /5

While Twitter is a great tool for spreading information, the vast bulk of Americans donít engage on here.

If we want to move the needle, we need to ask our activist institutions - @MoveOn, @IndivisibleTeam, etc - to organize a public messaging campaign and clear strategy. /6

The fact is, Donald Trump has committed many #HighCrimes. We know it. Even the GOP knows it (they just donít care).

The populace at large needs to get the message & engage. Congressional phone lines *should* be jammed 24/7. Think 2017 ACA repeal protests. /7

That takes work & activist energy. Letís direct that energy where it will make a difference. Letís help our Democratic House by getting the electorate more educated & engaged. /8

IMHO the ends we want are best achieved not by calling repeatedly on Twitter to #ITMFA, but to engage in a sustained, repetitive & loud pronouncement of all of Donald Trumpís #HighCrimes: review & list them all, ad nauseam, until they sink in to the collective consciousness. /9

This has to happen on all platforms, with coordinated messaging, and -most importantly- requires people taking to the case to friends, neighbors & community members through the activist infrastructure weíve built over the last two years. /10

We need a roadmap strategy about what the *public* will do if *our* demands for accountability arenít met, with clear dates for escalations of massive protests, strikes and/or economic walk-outs. To maximize participation in such events, we need to take the case to the people. /

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doompatrol39 Apr 14 #1

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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 07:12 PM

1. Important point...

...twitter does nothing but make people who use it feel good about themselves, by making snarky comments or points to other people who believe what they do.

That's not doing shit for anyone or doing anything in the real world. Too many of our political figures live in a bubble in which their snarky tweet getting mentioned by Chuck Todd on Meet The Press is actually considered doing something. It's not and they need to stop acting like it is.

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