partyofnoFrom an article in the New York Times:

Immediately after the November election, Democrats were divided over how to handle Mr. Trump, with one camp favoring all-out confrontation and another backing a seemingly less risky approach of coaxing him to the center with offers of compromise.

Now, spurred by explosive protests and a torrent of angry phone calls and emails from constituents — and outraged themselves by Mr. Trump’s swift moves to enact a hard-line agenda — Democrats have all but cast aside any notion of conciliation with the White House. Instead, they are mimicking the Republican approach of the last eight years — the “party of no” — and wagering that brash obstruction will pay similar dividends.

It saddens me to say this, but I now believe this is the best course forward. Our nation finds itself in a situation we have never faced before: a President who seems determined to sweep away the democratic institutions that define and defend our democracy, and who shows disdain for the Constitution upon which our country is founded. When I place the first month of the Trump administration alongside the history of the rise of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th Century, I am sufficiently alarmed to side with those who have committed themselves to passive resistance. This man must be stopped.

My hope is that with enough public outcry, Congress will impeach and convict Donald Trump, and allow Vice President Mike Pence to become President. I am no fan of Pence or his politics, but I believe he is a man who will take seriously his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

I would take the same position of the Party affiliations were reversed. This is not a partisan issue. It is an American issue. It is a time for patriots to stand up and say “NO” to this demagogue.

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