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    So, you're all asking: What should we do? Okay, I have some recommendations in general. These are my personal views, as always. /1

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    Tom Nichols

    If the President freaks you out with Executive Order, here are some questions to ask. /2

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    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

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    Fourth: Does it require positive or negative action? (Positive: go do something; Negative: don't enforce)
    EX: Obama DACA EO was negative. /4

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    Fifth: Can Congress actually overturn it?

    All of these matter. Most EOs aren't as powerful as you think; many get challenges. /5

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    Tom Nichols

    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

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    So, if you oppose something this or any President has done, here's your checklist.
    First, your member of Congress. /7

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    Second, is there an organization that exists as an advocacy group for this issue? (Spoiler: yes, always). Contact them. Volunteer. /8

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    Third, tailor your objections SPECIFICALLY to things that are achievable and hit specific weaknesses of the policy you don't like. /9

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    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

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    Tom Nichols

    You'd be surprised how much citizens, when speaking CALMLY, can get action on badly written EOs. Just ask Obama about GTMO.
    /11

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    Also, remember that EOs only last until rescinded by the original or a successive POTUS - or legislated around by Congress. /12

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    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

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    Tom Nichols

    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

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    Tom Nichols

    Educate yourselves. Have at least one day of patience before you flip. Think through the many options. This is Democracy 101. /15x

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