But as we know, these are not usual times. Here some reflections from Josh Marshall in his historian mode on how the Orange Cheato continues to show himself a danger to democracy:
Because Democratic politicians are in the minority in Congress, they can't lead the opposition to Trump's anti-democratic aspirations, even if they were clearer that is their job. It's up to us. We lead them.
So, though, the marching season is on break for a bit, it remains vital that ordinary people keep the heat on the political system. And that means keeping on deluging Congress in phone calls opposing Republican and Trumpian outrages.
There are several internet-based pages designed to make this as easy as possible. I've tried all these and they all help making these calls simpler and better targeted to influence the outrage of the moment.
Daily Action: Just follow that link, enter your smart phone number, and you'll get a text each day at 9am alerting you to the day's target and linking you through to your Congressperson or Senator's office. I've been positively impressed by the selection of targets; alerts have urged calls for investigation of Trump's personal corruption, demands that Congress oppose his bellicose gestures, as well as pushing representatives on the Republican attack on our access to health insurance. Daily Action also provides alerts to call about California specific legislation.
The 65: The name refers to all of us who voted for someone other than Trump in the 2016 election. It provides a weekly action (currently the health insurance bill), a menu other issues, scripts, and the phone numbers for your elected officials who need calls. It is a good one to use while sitting in front of a monitor or laptop.
5 Calls: Based on the zip code you enter, this link offers you a list of issues, scripts and phone numbers for your representatives. The screen asks you to enter whether you got through and tallies calls. In addition to the web portal, there are apps available for both Android and iPhone.
Does all this calling seem fruitless? It's worth recalling, as Mr. Trump does not, that this sort of citizen engagement is what it has always required to make this country the best democracy it can be. Jane Coaston responded to the Cheato's ill-informed enthusiasm for Andrew Jackson with a history lesson: