We have seen in the recent actions of Trump how he would move to consolidate authoritarian power.
He claimed the nation was in danger. He claimed the danger was from Antifa.
Here is the statement of the Communications Workers of America.
He claimed the right to use military force even over the opposition of some governors.
He used the military force in the Washington D.C. event- now described as a photo op. He has turned it into a campaign video claiming that he alone protected religious institutions.
His media camp has endorsed and supported him.
Military forces and police forces cooperated with him in an unconstitutional seizure of power.
Naomi Klein makes a good case in No is Not Enough, that we should prepare to resist a seizure of power.
As responsible citizens, we should begin to plan for resistance.
For example, we could plan to resist the imposition of a curfew by mass demonstrations. We will need ways to control those who will provide the Trump regime an excuse for repression with their looting.
The military action taken by Trump and Barr strongly reinforce our need to continue to work toward the defeat of Trump in the 2020 elections if those elections go forward. The need to defeat Trump in the elections is even more urgent today than it was two weeks ago.
National DSA is beginning a process of creating a new strategic plan. Certainly, the new urgency to defeat Trump should be reflected in DSA planning.
The opinions expressed here are those of members and allies of DSA North Star Caucus meant to educate, inspire discussion and encourage comradely debate.