In 2008, when Obama defeated John McCain and became the first bi-racial president, there weren’t hundreds of thousands of McCain supporters marching through streets, across college campuses, committing acts of violence and refusing to accept the results.
The same result happened when Obama was re-elected in 2012 and although there were some protests and isolated violence, it was never on a large scale and now, liberals, anarchists, and socialists plan to refuse to work on February 17 in a protest against President Trump.
In a piece she wrote for The Guardian last month, novelist Francine Prose posited that President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from traveling to the U.S. for 90 days called for more than simple protests: “Trump’s actions warrant a general national strike,” the headline read. Now that idea is gaining support online.
While the travel ban hangs in limbo, Prose laments what some have termed “slacktivism”: or the general “feel-good” result of lodging a complaint by attending a protest, but achieving little more than a pat on the back from other activists:
Since Trump’s election, we’ve seen dozens of demonstrations – most notably, the Women’s March on Washington – that have reinforced our sense of solidarity and provided encouraging evidence of how many Americans oppose our government’s fundamentally anti-American agenda.
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.
So, presumably in order to really achieve something, Prose says she believes that America should engage in “a nonviolent national general strike” of the kind more common in Europe than stateside. “Let’s designate a day on which no one (that is, anyone who can do so without being fired) goes to work, a day when no one shops or spends money, a day on which we truly make our economic and political power felt, a day when we make it clear: how many of us there are, how strong and committed we are, how much we can accomplish,” she writes.
An official site for the event calling for a “24-hour occupation of public space in protest of the Trump administration’s refusal to Honor the Constitution of the United States of America,” was created. The strike also has a social media presence with a Facebook event that has 23,000 interested and 14,000 committed to attending.
On the Facebook event, the anarchists are also revealing companies that sell Trump family products, in an apparent effort to hurt businesses and put people out of work.
One anarchist, a Democratic Socialist, Christopher Ray said, “Find a business to boycott! Here is a list of places that sell trump family products!”
If one thought these people have totally lost their mind, another Facebook event titled, “No More United States; No More Presidents Day Celebration” was created.
In response to these shameful acts, Sarah Lee of the Blaze stated, “Is this all liberals do these days?”
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