Francine Prose, writing for the Guardian, makes the perfectly good point that marching in the streets can only accomplish so much. The time has come to throw our bodies on the gears.
But the trouble is that these protests are too easily ignored and forgotten by those who wish to ignore and forget them. The barriers go up, the march takes place, the barriers come down. Everyone goes home happier.
One reason that Saturday’s protests were so effective was that, while peaceful, they were disruptive. Terminal Four was closed, incoming flights were delayed. One traveller wrote, on Twitter, that his fellow passengers applauded when their pilot announced the reason why their plane would be landing an hour behind schedule.
Trump must be stopped. At all costs and at every turn. This isn’t the time to be reasonable, to give him a chance, to wait things out, or to walk it off. This man is fundamentally incompetent and is currently purging the government of its most competent people and replacing them with vile, corrupt, traitors. We have to stop him before he causes irreparable damage. Congress is either unwilling or unable to act. It is dangerous to wait for an institution so deeply in thrall to business interests that the biggest open secret of our government is how it is not truly one of the people.
We must act in unison and solidarity, and begin to truly risk our comfort and our well-being for what we believe in. Otherwise, we’re going to have to learn to dream a little smaller from now on.