Nov. 17th, 2016

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Accountability Post, Trump year 0

I called the local office of my Senators and my Representative. I talked to the subdued sounding people who man the phones there. I wrote out what I was going to say for myself beforehand so I wouldn't forget it. Here it is:

There are so many things to cover here that I'm going to limit myself to three. That is not because I don't care about the other things, it's because I can only handle talking about this for so long.

Trump's children and children-in-law should not be on his transition team or in his government while they have control over his business empire. That is an obvious conflict of interest more suited to a banana republic than the United States of America. This is not normal, and it is not okay.

Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor is unacceptable. Bannon is head of a media empire that would become a de facto propaganda arm for a Trump administration. This is not normal practice for the US. He is also noted for cozying up to white supremacists and neo-Nazis, who are already emboldened by Trump's election. This is *definitely* not normal and not okay.

Trump bragged that he would throw his political opponent in jail if he won. Now he threatens to turn the Justice Department into a tool that answers to him that he uses or withholds at his pleasure. This is unacceptable. This is the kind of behavior you see in third world countries and Eastern European countries--this is not normal for the United States, and it is not okay.

I expect Representative Duncan / Senator Alexander / Senator Corker to speak out against these wrongs, and stand firm against any attempt on the part of a Trump administration to support racism or discard the rule of law or move against political opponents or use government secrets for financial gain or permit his children to do so.

If it seems odd to you that I have to crowd so many things into one phone call, I assure you it seems odd to me also. This is not normal, and it is not okay.


I anticipate doing this over and over and over during the next years. Perhaps once a week would be a reasonable number. I invite you to join me. Calling is apparently more effective than the paper letters I used to recommend; it ties up a phone line and takes a staffer's time and is harder to ignore than an e-mail or a paper letter. Calling your local office is apparently more effective than calling the DC office. It is easy enough to google your senators' and representative's phone number: they're on their official pages on the Congress website also, though you need to pick the "offices" tab to find them.

Don't feel you should follow my script--it is probably more effective if you pick out the three things Trump has tried to do recently that *you* find most disturbing, and talk about those.

By all means wear your safety pins, write your newspapers, join protest marches, boycot organize, the whole nine yards. But please do this first. It won't take much time away from your other activities and your elected officials need to know--and it will take regular contact over years to teach them--that this is not okay and you are not going to forget about it and you're not going to shut up about it either.

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