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Millions should march on DC to defeat Trump Republicans

Millions should march on DC to defeat Trump Republicans
© Greg Nash

Millions of men and women should march on Washington this spring to rally believers in freedom and democracy across the nation and around the world against the presidency of Donald Trump.

The purpose of this march on Washington should be to support the bold program of the Women’s March to register one million new voters, expand that vision to registering 10 million new voters and wage a national crusade, on the streets and in the courts, against un-American Republican voter suppression against black, Hispanic and young Americans among others.

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From Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Senators concerned as Trump official disputes UN climate change warning Jake Tapper hits Trump over 'Medicare for all' op-ed: ‘It’s only an hourlong show, we can’t get into every lie’ MORE (I-Vt.) to former president Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDonald Trump Jr. emerges as GOP fundraising force Trump shows peace through strength works after Obama Wake up, Kanye West MORE, from leaders of groups supporting fair treatment for all Americans to constitutional scholars defending in court the right of all Americans to vote, from famous celebrities to blue-collar workers — they should come to Washington for the largest protest and mobilization march in the history of democratic nations.

 

If a massive march on Washington is called for this spring, the world would be amazed by how many Americans would come to the capital, organize similar large marches in communities across the nation and inspire sister marches in democratic nations around the world.

If this march for democracy against the presidency of Trump can succeed in registering millions of new voters before the midterm elections, the one-party state of Trump Republicans controlling the presidency and Congress would come to an end on Nov. 6.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE, who appears to view himself as a monarch, would have to accuse a Democratic majority in Congress of being treasonous for not applauding his deceitful words in his next State of Union?

The hard and bitter truth for Americans who believe that Trump is a threat to our democracy is that the only recourse we have is to win the midterm elections and elect a Democratic House and Senate to provide the only true check and balance against Trump and Trump Republicans in Congress.   

The situation is so bad today that many Americans fairly doubt that there is any potential crime by the president, no matter how heinous and decisive the evidence, that could justify impeachment for anything by the Republican House of Representatives.

This is why I repeatedly offer high praise to Sanders and the Sanders-afflicted group Our Revolution that is organizing across the nation and visionary Democratic donor Tom Steyer and NextGen America, which is working to register new voters in communities across America. This is why I have offered high praise to the Women’s March and its visionary campaign to register a million new voters.

These leaders and groups are the patriots of American democracy fighting for core of American values.

If there is a humongous march on Washington to defeat Trump by registering voters, the crowd would be so huge, the speakers would be so compelling and the enthusiasm would be so intense that there would be 24/7 saturation coverage from all media.

A national voter registration and mobilization march on Washington to defend democracy and defeat Trump could include voter registration booths from every state, while the saturated media coverage would include local television stations in every community giving coverage not only to the massive rally in Washington but local marches and campaigns to register voters in states and districts across the nation.

America today stands on the brink of constitutional crisis, led by a president who insults the intelligence of his supporters and the patriotism of his opponents, working with a Republican Congress that is little more than a cheering squad of accessories to his abuses.

It would be a dark day for America if Republicans emerge from the 2018 midterms with a majority in both houses of Congress, poised to infect the Supreme Court of the United States with their radical partisanship for a generation if they retain the power to pack the court with one more justice, if the opportunity arises.

There is enthusiasm, excitement, passion and commitment from the opposition that could lead to Democratic majorities in the House and Senate if enough new voters are registered and if enough registered voters turn out to vote.

For fellow members of the opposition to Trump, the wind is at our back, justice is on our side and the future is ours to seize.

If one million, two million, three million or more citizens come to Washington to stand at one place, at one time, for one cause, we will shake the tectonic plate of American politics and fire a cannon that will be heard around the world for the cause of democracy in America.  

Brent Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.