The big lesson of Trump’s first 2 weeks: resistance works

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A "Human Billboard" protest in Palo Alto on Inauguaration Day, organized by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. Photo: Paul George / YouTube / CC

A “Human Billboard” protest in Palo Alto on Inauguaration Day, organized by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. Photo: Paul George / YouTube / CC

by Matthew Yglesias
Vox

It’s easy to miss amidst Donald Trump’s frenetic pace of activity and nonstop media coverage, but the most important story in American politics right now isn’t about what Trump’s doing: It’s that the opposition is working.

The millions of people who marched in Washington and other cities around the world on inauguration weekend and then demonstrated again at airports the following weekend are making a concrete difference in the world. So are the tens of thousands who’ve called members of Congress or showed up in person at their events.

Trump is getting things done, but all presidents do that. Look at what he’s not getting done. A Republican-controlled Congress bowed to public outrage over an attempt to water down an ethics office. Trump dramatically downscaled his own executive order barring entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. He’s having unprecedented difficulty getting his Cabinet nominees confirmed even though the Senate’s rules have changed to make confirmations easier than ever. Conservatives in Congress have put their big plans to privatize Medicare and public lands on hold. And the drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act is running into very big trouble.

None of this is based on the discipline and self-restraint on the part of the White House. It’s thanks to bold acts of resistance. The result is lives have been saved, many more lives have been demonstrably improved, and the proven template for future success has been created.

Not only have the resisters already markedly altered the trajectory of public policy, they have begun to make a difference in each other’s lives and their own conceptions of themselves. And this is the greatest threat to the Trump movement. CONTINUE READING AT VOX.COM Really, go read it. There’s a lot more and it’s important. Then sign up for a Vox newsletter …

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