How Do Protests Work?

This is a serious question, for serious times. How is a protest planned from 4-6 pm today at Hartsfield-Jackson going to change Trump’s executive order?

I get that the EO has offended many people. It’s not, though, unconstitutional, and it’s not without precedent -President Obama blocked all refugees from Iraq in 2011, never let nearly the numbers of Syrians in that we should have, and just switched up America’s Cuban refugee policy so that 90-some Cubans who had fled their country and were headed here have been deported from Mexico City and will be returned to Cuba. As President, Jimmy Carter had Iranian students deported and refused to issue visas to Iranians. (Carter’s actions were challenged in court, but eventually upheld.)

Some free advice to those of you who want to oppose Donald Trump, or want to #resist or whatever. Stop turning it up to 11 on every single issue. Your audience is not each other, your audience should be the most reluctant Trump supporters -the last 20% to get on the Trump train. Identify his softest supporters, and make a rational case to them. Raise some money and file a suit.

Nobody wants to be in the Atlanta Airport on a Sunday evening. They’ll be tired and eager to get to wherever they’re going. Disrupting their travel will not win them to your side, and might just have the opposite effect.

 

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CoastalCat
CoastalCat

First you dress up as Red Indians.Then you throw the tea chests in the harbor. That will get the King’s attention.

gcp
gcp

I guess these protesters are “outraged”. There are issues to be outraged about but for me, temporarily detaining 100 or so non citizens at an airport is not one of them.

WesleyC
WesleyC

This isn’t trying to stop a pipeline, or raise awareness about sweatshops or some other niche liberal cause. This is creating a defacto religious test for entry into the United States. Granted no one really knows right now how this will play with swing voters long-term or whatever, but that’s not the point of standing up for the basic rights of others and defending fundamental American principles. We’ll see how it plays politically in the end. I for one have never seen such a broad cross section of my marginally engaged or apolitical friend network so outraged, let alone marching… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

There are things worth turning up to 11 on… this is one of them. Maybe people wouldn’t need to protest every weekend if Trump wasn’t so objectively crappy at this job.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Protests work in a number of ways, Mike. For starters, they signal to political actors that there there is organized opposition to x action. Politicians recognize that, for every person that shows up to a protest, there’s a larger number who agree with the protest but lack the time or motivation to show up for the protest. Those people will, however, vote in line with the protesters. Look at how effective the Tea Party was in organizing opposition to the ACA by staging mass protests and smaller protests at Congressional town halls. They effectively killed any Republican willingness to work… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Is that what you do when you are outraged? You do some analysis and file a lawsuit next week?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Your audience is not each other, your audience should be the most reluctant Trump supporters -the last 20% to get on the Trump train.

Based on the latest Gallup numbers, it looks like the folks who were late to hop on the Trump train are hopping off.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Don’t know how many visa/green card holders are still detained by the confused DHS but some anarchists, political photo ops and attorneys looking for a public/charity pay day are having fun. Most importantly we need to find out who is buying CEMEX stock, it’s doing well.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Mainly Mutual Funds. CEMEX just finalized it’s deal with GCC, a large cement company in Mexico that has quarries and mineral mining. The GCC shares are staying on the Mexican market. However, by having GCC, they can meet the domestic supple of minerals in Portland cement mixes, and then send greater amounts into the southern districts of the US for concrete production which – if we are building a wall let alone other concrete related infrastructure – will need to be ramped up to prevent the cost of concrete from skyrocketing based on supple and demand. CEMEX is that largest… Read more »