So, you're all asking: What should we do? Okay, I have some recommendations in general. These are my personal views, as always. /1
If the President freaks you out with Executive Order, here are some questions to ask. /2
First: is this EO actually enforceable?
Second: is it likely to face a legal challenge?
Third: Does it require Congress to give it money? /3
Fourth: Does it require positive or negative action? (Positive: go do something; Negative: don't enforce)
EX: Obama DACA EO was negative. /4
Fifth: Can Congress actually overturn it?
All of these matter. Most EOs aren't as powerful as you think; many get challenges. /5
EOs can cause real harm; this is likely one that will cause chaos and a mess. But ZOMG POLICE STATE doesn't help you to oppose it. /6
So, if you oppose something this or any President has done, here's your checklist.
First, your member of Congress. /7
Second, is there an organization that exists as an advocacy group for this issue? (Spoiler: yes, always). Contact them. Volunteer. /8
Third, tailor your objections SPECIFICALLY to things that are achievable and hit specific weaknesses of the policy you don't like. /9
It's not much to say "OMG AN EO LIMITING REFUGEES!"
Obama did one of those, too. Speak to the part you want pushed back. /10
You'd be surprised how much citizens, when speaking CALMLY, can get action on badly written EOs. Just ask Obama about GTMO.
Also, remember that EOs only last until rescinded by the original or a successive POTUS - or legislated around by Congress. /12
You have *so many options* for opposing policies you don't like, as long as you don't
- freak out
- alienate people who otherwise agree /13
Media will flip out on everything because you're all suckers enough to give them the clicks for it. But lots of smart journos out there. /14