We need to have a plan for judging how the new administration moves forward and how to voice our support or dissent. In order to do this effectively, we need to decide what's important to us, how to judge whether the government is moving in the right direction, and then how to move forward with what we know.
Why should we decide what's important to us? As I tell my students, I am a history and government teacher who gets paid to watch this stuff and I still can't keep up with it all. The Representatives and Senators all have staffs with specific areas of focus to keep an eye on all the different issues and concerns. We private citizens need to focus on what's most important to us and go from there because it's much more manageable and we'll be much more effective.
How do we decide what's important? We used this KQED resource in my classes to help the students decide. It has the general Democratic and Republican stances as well as how the American people feel about nine different issues. If you're still not sure what's most important to you, try I Side With to gain some depth on the issues.