After my October 12, 2017, post Legal Insurrection is 9 years old, and filled with dread, a reader emailed me, seeking advice on what he could do to “advance freedom”:

Hi, I love reading your articles and all the articles at Legal Insurrection. I’m a young conservative engineer. I’ve been in the workforce for a couple years.

Frankly, you have some of the best foresight on what is going on in our country. Stay in the fight for freedom! Keep going with Legal Insurrection. It’s so encouraging to read your updates and those of your correspondents.

Regarding your 9th anniversary post, I had a friend who was an Oklahoma Trump Presidential Elector. She got HUNDREDS of letters urging her to not vote for Trump, which was probably the beginning of Resist. Thankfully, she was not harmed and cast her Elector ballot for Trump.

What do we do? I’m planning on getting involved in Americans for Prosperity. They’re the only national group that seems focused on canvassing/community organizing. Which given the Left’s success with canvassing/community organizing, is a little shocking. We need to build permanent conservative infrastructure, not temporary campaign infrastructure that is folded up after the candidate leaves office. And temporary campaign infrastructure that enriches the mainstream media/social media companies/search engines with money. These are hostile institutions to conservatives.

If you had three pieces of advice for me to advance freedom, what three things would these be?

My response:

Thanks for the note and for reading. Not sure I have the answer. Soros and others on the left have successfully created a self-sustaining ecosystem and echo chamber, unlike the right where donors tend to keep things on a tight leash. Involving yourself in groups like AfP seems like a good start. I tell people who ask such question that you should do whatever you can do, you can’t solve all problems. And local matters too, including school boards.

The reader wrote again recently, having saved our prior email exchange, after my post The value of Trump to the Trump voter is that he stands between them and #TheResistance.

Here is the reader’s email:

Professor Jacobson,

Thanks for your recent article on the Value of Trump. You hit it spot on.

Honestly, I’ve completely come around to your view on the Russia investigation. Obviously, Russia did purchase some bad clickbait election ads. Then the Democrats demanded an investigation, which they got. Then Jeff Sessions, due to media pressure, recused himself. Then Rosenstein got the Special Counsel. As Special Counsel’s go, they will almost always find a crime. That’s their job. Alan Dershowitz wrote a forward for the book, Three Felonies a Day. I’ve never read it, but the summary shows that the average American may commit three felonies a day. For innocuous things. So, there’s always going to be something for a Special Counsel to use.

The Russia Investigation. In his quest for the Presidency, Trump surrounded himself with Paul Manafort and a few other shady characters. They have possibly committed past crimes. One thing my legal counsel friends told me was that in federal court criminal cases, you’re pretty much guilty. Whether you did it or not. The prosecution can wait as long as they want to collect evidence (within statute of limitations) before arresting you. They will nail you to the wall; therefore, people are more willing to plead out. As a condition of the plea, they may be required to provide information on possible crimes located near Donald Trump in his past life. Possible crimes committed by people close to Donald Trump. Lather, rinse, repeat. The noose gets tighter.

The Democrats have it dialed up to 11 all the time. I can’t stand it. They are doing everything to undermine our country and our families. To completely destroy them and rebuild them in Bernie Sander’s mold.

I’m following your past advice to do whatever I can do. I’m volunteering for Oklahoma State Auditor candidate Cindy Byrd, the true conservative in the race. I voted early in the primary runoff. For local matters, I’m beginning to network and form relationships within the OK conservative community. That’s where I’m at now.

Thanks for listening, Professor.

If you spend any time on social media, you will see that #TheResistance is organizing like crazy. They are energized by hatred of Trump and Trump voters.

It’s really important that we all do something. What I do is Legal Insurrection, as well as giving whatever support I can to conservative and pro-Israel students on campus.

You can’t change the political world alone. But you can help change a local school board, a local election, or something else that affects your life.

It’s important work, whatever you do. So long as you do something.

[Featured Image: Protest at U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign]