One thing that’s, to me, worth pointing out:
We have a history of effective protests in this nation. Vietnam. Civil Rights. Prohibition, to the extent that it lasted. Suffrage. Emancipation. There are others.
Notice that all of the above are protests against a specific wrong that needed to be righted.
That’s not the case with the protests we are currently seeing. They are protests against a person, and not against anything he has done, but what some think he might do.
That’s an enormous difference. Up until this moment, Trump has on his record appointments and EO’s that can be judged. The appointments, outside of their wealth, are in general, appointments that pretty much any winning Republican would have made. The majority have noncontroversial conservative views on the agency they will be managing. Can we argue that for several of them, there were more qualified conservatives that could/should have been chosen? Sure. But liberals should know that they were never going to get an environmentalist at the head of the EPA, and they were always going to get a pro-school-choice person at the Dept of Ed.
And the EO’s? Again, pretty much garden variety any-Republican-was-going-to-do-this stuff. The only one that borders on controversial is the travel/visa ban, and the fact that it’s a temporary ban renders that controversy rather weak.
So, we’re protesting an individual based on hypotheticals. That can’t even hold a candle to any of the above policy-based protests we’ve seen in the past. Not even close.