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Robert Reich: The Three Choices When It Comes To Trump – OpEd


First, you can complain. Yell. Bang on the dinner table. Tell your family and friends the man is a dangerous fool. Explode every time you read something about him. Swear every time you see him on TV. Go ballistic when you listen to him or about him on the radio.

Complaining may feel good, but it won’t help.

Your second choice: You can bury your head in the sand. Pretend he’s not there. Stop reading the news. Turn off the TV and radio. No longer visit political Internet sites. When family or friends bring up his name, change the subject.

Burying your head in the sand may also feel good, but it certainly won’t help, either.

You have a third choice. You can get active, and make it harder for Trump to damage America. This coming November 6, 34 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 36 governorships will be up for election or re-election.

Support primary candidates who will resist Trump. Mobilize to get out the vote. Organize so that November 6 becomes a total repudiation of Donald Trump and all he stands for.

Start right now. Find an Indivisible group near you. Go and become part of the solution. If you’re already in a blue state and want to reach out to purple or red parts of the country, visit or

Democracy is fragile, it requires all of us to protect it.

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Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fifteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock", "The Work of Nations," and"Beyond Outrage," and, his most recent, "The Common Good," which is available in bookstores now. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, "Inequality For All." He's co-creator of the Netflix original documentary "Saving Capitalism," which is streaming now.

One thought on “Robert Reich: The Three Choices When It Comes To Trump – OpEd

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    February 21, 2018 at 5:38 am

    At first reading I thought you were describing the reactions of many to you. Then, for the first time you provide actual numbers of outgoing House of Representative members and Senators. And then, in the style of an old fashion ward healer, you urge people to vote; incredible!
    With the roar of Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian internet trolls, discovery of a hoard of White House folks without Secret clearances and the impeachable activities of POTUS Trump ranted hourly by MSNBC (More Shit Now broadcast Continually), I’m amazed that you would simply move air without issue.
    Ah, yes. Get out and vote comrades. Could it be that you, an overt troll, covertly represents the academic wing of CPUSA’s internet conspiracy to influence the American voter? A simple question, but not without merit.


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