NOW WHAT

  1. This is how this looked when I first drafted it, a couple days before the election.
    It was a list about how, as a Republican, I thought we needed to move forward as a party following Donald Trump. Beginning with the leaders I thought we needed to step up and help shape this party. (funny look at my list making process too! List the person, then a small list to be expanded on about why they're included)
  2. I've always been a centrist. But until now I leaned Republican.
    At its core, the Philosophy behind the GOP aligned more with my political theory. Civic Republicanism makes sense to me, small but sensible government that works for the people.
  3. However, if this is the way the Republican Party is choosing to go, its no longer something I can be a part of.
    Populism, a business first mentality that forgets about people in favor of corporate interests, rampant nationalism, etc. which doesn't even get into the racism, xenophobia, sexism, etc that Trump espouses and inspires.
  4. So instead of a list that's hopeful about building a new Republican Party and my dream party leadership, this is about how, within the system we have, we can fight Trump's disastrous policy.
  5. Being angry isn't enough. We need a fervent opposition to President Trump and we need to assess how we let this happen, and begin working to change it.
  6. Looking forward to 2018 and 2020:
  7. GET INVOLVED IN US SENATE CAMPAIGNS.
    Democrats have the toughest slate of seats up in 2018, and if the GOP performs well they could win a fucking filibuster-proof majority. Find and fund candidates that can compete even if they aren't ideologically pure. I'll likely be making a full list about this topic soon. This is so important and we need to support sensible candidates with the same fervor we had against Trump in 2016.
  8. Get involved in your state level races!
  9. The next slate of state legislatures will control redistricting after the 2020 Census. This 👏🏽 is 👏🏽 so 👏🏽 important 👏🏽
  10. Start researching potential candidates now and support candidates-Republican or Democrat-that promise unbiased redistricting.
  11. Gerrymandering, the process of drawing districts that favor electing more office holders of your party, happens both ways and is such a smear on our democratic process.
    So start demanding of your candidates that they pledge to support only maps that distribute population sensibly instead of along partisan lines. Annoy the crap out of all the candidates, go to event after event and ask the same question during every Q&A: "Will you support non-partisan and unbiased redistricting?"
  12. Along those same lines, find out of there is a movement in your state to form independent redistricting commissions.
    Some states have already taken partisanship out of the process by having either computer programs or independent commissions that draw the maps based on shifting population and data from the census.
  13. Most people, regardless of party, favor non-partisan redistricting, and through ballot initiatives we can bypass the legislators that just want to draw maps to keep themselves in office.
    Illinois has made multiple attempts at ballot initiatives to amend the constitution for independent redistricting, the partisan courts keep striking it down. We will not stop, it will pass.
  14. This is so important because in 2012 and 2014, Democrats got more votes for the House of Representatives than Republicans, but because Democratic voters are gerrymandered into as few districts as possible, Republicans had a nearly 60 seat majority.
    if you want to see the effects of gerrymandering both ways, google congressional district maps in Illinois and Pennsylvania. My district in Illinois wraps around the outer Chicago Suburbs and borders both Indiana AND Wisconsin... plus Rockford (2nd largest metro) is split between two districts. it just doesn't make fucking sense. There is one district that literally goes down one road for miles in order to herd Republicans together. Pennsylvania is just as bad, but it favors Republicans.
  15. Get involved in campaigns or consider running for office yourself.
    I don't mean Congress, or even State Legislatures. But look into your local boards and offices. I'm exploring a run for City Council of my small town, my ward is basically my subdivision and the one next door. I wouldn't have to raise any money, and if I win I could immediately begin having an impact on the lives of my friends and neighbors. School boards, county boards, etc. these people actually have more impact on your day to day than Congress. Get to know them, or become one of them!
  16. Running for small offices is important because:
    It gives new ideas a platform, and it creates a bench. Right now, Democrats have very few prospects for taking state legislatures, congress, governorships, and the White House. Republicans bench now consists of dozens of Trump supporters and loyalists who think like him. We need new voices and ideas to start contributing. A small office is a launching pad. Maybe not for you personally, but for ideas that can grow and change our parties.
  17. Support the marginalized groups that are most likely to be scared of and impacted by Trump's agenda.
    LGBT groups, Muslims, Women, Persons of Color, Persons who suffer from chronic diseases, etc. Be a friend, be an ally, ask how you can support and help them. Ask what groups are working on their behalf that you can support financially or through volunteering your time.
  18. Give to groups that might suffer under President Trump.
    Planned Parenthood, environmental groups, etc. Industries, lobbying groups, companies, charities and more that stand against Trump and will work hard to make sure he doesn't undo progress.
  19. Give to groups that help the above noted things.
    Local parties, state parties, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, independent redistricting efforts, etc. Give time, give money.
  20. Talk to the people who voted for Trump.
    If we had gotten out of our bubble, we might have understood Trump's strength more. We might have seen this coming. We might have focused on down ballot building instead of expecting a democratic wave on Hillary's coat tails. Only by understanding the fear and mistrust that lead people to vote for Trump can we build parties that work for those people, without alienating the people Trump alienates.
  21. Believe in people.
    No, not everyone that voted for Donald Trump is a racist. They did knowingly enable those that are. So we need to believe the best in people and like I said above, figure out why they so wanted an outsider and why they let that be Trump.
  22. This is important because this is how we lost.
    Writing half the country off as deplorable or racist won't solve our problems, it would exasperate them and lead to more Trumps. It's like rat poison, people saw Trump as 99% good food and didn't care about the 1% poison. But that poison will only grow if we don't offer an alternative that works for people, or if we write them off.
  23. Lastly, call out and fight the bullying we're already seeing.
    This is up to us, when we see people enabled by Donald Trump who are mistreating and stirring fear among marginalized groups we need to call it out. Especially as people of privilege we need to stand up for and protect the people RIGHT AROUND US that are experiencing pain and hurt from Trump supporters.