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The demagogue in the White House

Irv Randolph | 2/14/2018, 5:40 a.m.
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President Donald Trump has denigrated people based on their ethnicity, religion and country of origin. AP photo

So how should we respond to the most powerful demagogue in the world?

First, we must speak out when Trump denigrates others and not fall for his ploy to divide and conquer. Second, we must demand that our elected officials speak out and use their power to keep the president in check. Finally, we must rebuke and remove his apologists and supporters from local, state and national office.

This is a pivotal year.

This is the time to organize, and mobilize family, friends and neighbors to register and vote in 2018 and prepare for the 2020 presidential election.

As we mobilize, remember that this month is the bicentennial birthday of the great abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass whose words provide guidance for what we must do today in responding to the demagogue in the White House.

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

Irv Randolph is the editor, publisher and co-founder of South Jersey Journal. You can reach him on Twitter @IrvRandolph.