The RMRR takes over
Always remember, there's more of us than there is of them. We, not the Trumpanzees, are the real America.
Of course, humility is not in most Republicans' lexicon (and certainly not in Trump's), and the lack of legitimacy has no practical effect except insofar as it helps motivate resistance on our own side. The RMRR has just as much legal power as a popularly-elected government would have, and will use it. The practical issue is what we can actually do now.
The debacle over the Office of Congressional Ethics points the way. When Congressional Republicans tried to gut it, a wave of calls from an infuriated public quickly made them back down. And this protest happened on very short notice, with no time to really organize anything, over an issue that has no practical impact on most people's lives. Imagine what we'll be able to do to defend Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, and other programs whose loss would devastate millions.
I'm convinced that most Republican politicians are fundamentally cowards. That's a big part of why Trump made it to where he is today. He bullied and insulted his way to the nomination, backed by a wave of outright threats from his troglodytic followers. Many Republicans clearly hated what they were seeing, and spoke out against it; but their efforts to stop him were timid and feckless, and they fell into line quickly as he kept winning. On the OCE, they could probably have gone ahead, ignoring the protests, with little consequence -- it's not as if that issue would have loomed large in many voters' minds in November 2018. But they didn't. Trump himself isn't that kind of critter, but the enemy in Congress has shown they will yield to pressure. We must supply that pressure, as is already happening on Obamacare repeal. Remember, the Democratic minorities in both houses are substantial. Only three Republican Senators, or a few dozen Republican Congressmen, need be swayed to stop any given action.
And Trump will lose a lot of those besotted followers. It's already happening. He won't bring industrial jobs back. He won't prosecute Hillary. He won't get Mexico to pay for the wall (and probably won't even build it). He won't "drain the swamp". A lot of Trumpanzees benefit from Obamacare and Social Security.
Never listen to those who tell us everything is already lost (and yes, I admit that for a brief time I was among them). Don't read that link, read this one, my response to a bout of despair on our side in early 2010 when the original passage of Obamacare seemed doomed. As I pointed out at the time, progressives of generations past -- Dr. King, Frederick Douglass, César Chávez, Harvey Milk, the suffragettes and union organizers of a century ago -- faced daunting circumstances, but they kept fighting and ultimately won. If we keep fighting, we still might lose. If we don't, we will definitely lose.
To help you get in the right mood, here's Keith Olbermann (found via Crazy Eddie a few weeks ago):
And a few worthwhile links:
A look at the RMRR's possible budget plans, from Republic of Gilead -- yes, he's back online!
The enemy has no right to demand that we respect Trump.
US intelligence and law-enforcement agencies are investigating contacts and financial dealings between Trump and Russia.
Trump plans to hold Soviet-style military parades in American cities, and even wanted to include one in today's inauguration.
Trump takes office with formidable handicaps, and will immediately be in violation of the Constitution. I find this look ahead at his term to be pretty plausible.
With turnout for the inauguration looking meager, Trump even resorted to ads trying to draw an audience.