Do The Thing

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Do The Thing is a mailing list with a daily thing you can do to improve things in our country, with an emphasis on limiting the power of a corrupt minority president billionaire1.

Consider it one small attempt to resist the betrayal and corruption of a Trump presidency.

We value:

Action over thought

This list is much more about small things you can do, than about long term strategy, education, or theorizing. Those are all valuable too, but not what we're good at.

Continuous improvement

The emails you'll get may not be beautiful, may not be ideal, and may in some cases be mistakes. We'd much rather do 9 good things and 1 mistake, than 1 good thing and 0 mistakes.

Calling people in

Your uncle's a lifelong republican and thinks we should dump Obamacare and public schools, but he's maybe hesitant about Trump, and willing to fight the worst of the corruption and authoritarianism? He's one of us. Your neighbor doesn't maybe see that saying "All Lives Matter" totally misses the point, but she'll help donate to Planned Parenthood? Bring her in. Your friend thinks Trump's call to ban all Muslims is insane, but still wears a Cleveland Indians Chief Wahoo hat? She's in too. We don't endorse all their current beliefs, but we appreciate whatever fight they're willing to put in, and we welcome them and help them along becoming more fair, open-minded, and loving individuals. And we do not fall to the temptation to mock each other for our mistakes to make ourselves feel superior.

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Who's "we"?

In the broad sense, all of us who support justice, diversity, tolerance, fairness, blah blah everything that makes America great. (and not "Great Again." Despite its incoming leadership, the United States is better than it's ever been.) In the specific sense, it's the following people: Do The Thing Writers Emeritus: Brian, Erin, Stacey

Why not something more positive?

This is a time for protest. A corrupt wannabe-tyrant has won the most powerful office in the world with a minority of our votes. We want to work together and compromise as much as possible; this is a core feature of normal democracy. But Trump is not normal2, and to pretend otherwise would mean allowing him and his party to move the goalposts.

What's in a Do The Thing email?

Here are some past emails if you want to check those out too

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1. This used to say "... billionaire with tiny hands." Trump's hands are funny, to be clear! Or, more accurately, the fact that he gets so cheesed off about his hands being tiny is funny. But we're serious business here, so I removed this little dig to avoid giving people the wrong impression when they come here the first time.
2. Please excuse Mr. Foust's anger at the voters in the first couple paragraphs, as it does not reflect this mailing list's attitude towards Trump voters. However, his attitude towards Trump himself is right on.