Executive branch (Or why we need one):
Ok. So that happened. What next?
- First, understand that the reason we don't have an executive branch anymore is because Trump was very unprepared for transition.
- Most transition teams are set up midway during the campaign cycle, so the new President-Elect is ready to go on day one.
- If you need a comparison, check out the Wiki page detailing Obama's transition.
- Normally, staffers from a outgoing administration tend to meet with their new counterparts. That has not happened in Trump's case:
From the CNN story above.
So what can we do?
- First, learn about the executive branch, including positions that need confirmation.
- Read up on articles like this: remember, Trump ordered all politically appointed ambassadors to return home, as well. Many of our embassies are empty.
- Second, understand that government has many cogs. It's not going to collapse immediately, but this is setting up the road to chaos.
- Third, encourage media to keep covering this story. Tweet them. Write them.
- Fourth: call your reps and let them know you are concerned about this. Make this a part of your other calls; add this on at the end.
- Fifth: While it's tempting to let Trump crash and burn at his job, recognize that this impacts all of us. Without the appropriate staff in place, it will impact government from actually functioning. Think long term.
Email draft: (to be added on with whatever else you're emailing about to your senator)
Additionally, I'm also concerned that we've only had a number of senate confirmable positions announced. I would like to ask [rep name] to please push for more appointments to continue.
You: Also, I'm very concerned that many of our senate confirmable positions continue to remain unfilled. Can I ask how [rep name] plans to address this?