Obama won in 2008, in large part, because the housing bubble burst and the economy collapsed under Bush. Some here predict that Trump’s rush to deregulate will create similar financial instability and another collapse they will result in the ousting of Republican politicians, maybe as early as 2018.
But liberals, if they choose, can make this a sure thing by doing “nothing”: not buying new cars, not buying anything they don’t need, not being tourists, not eating out, not going to movies or concerts. In short, doing nothing would collapse our consumer-fixated economy and put capitalism in its final death throes. The Republicans and Trump would be hapless against this sabotage of “making American great again.” What would be their response? Laws requiring people to spend their money?
Liberals could name their price to end the boycott: single-payer health care, the end of the Electoral College, a new government-operated bank that would be a true “bank of America,” low-cost federally-funded wireless access, etc.
There are only three real levers of power: votes, money and guns. Votes are not working. You should try the second before the third becomes the option of choice.