Saturday, October 29, 2016

Trumped





If she holds on and wins Hillary Clinton will rule over a very divided country and face Republicans in congress who will oppose her every single move because that's the only thing that will get them re-elected. Republicans who compromised with the Democrats have been going down and the ones in congress know it.

Bernie Sanders probably would have been much less divisive than Hillary, who is widely despised and distrusted. In the article by Connor Kilpatrick that I talked about in the previous post he points out that Bernie Sanders was bringing "Reagan Democrats" back into the Democratic party, getting, for example, three times more votes in West Virginia than Donald Trump did, and drawing large working class support in rust belt states like Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin "even as he repeatedly championed Black Lives Matter and the fight against racial discrimination," which means that racism doesn't trump economics. It's the other way around.

Rust belt states made up the Reagan Democrat heartland and go back and forth from Republican to Democrat, or, like Michigan and Wisconsin may vote Democratic in presidential elections but the state houses and governor's office are controlled by Republicans, and a lot of the conservative agenda has been put in places in those states. Think of Scott Walker's attack on public sector unions. Think of the Flint, MI water crises.

I made the above meme as a reaction to the crises that engulfed Hilary Clinton's campaign tonight with the emails on Anthony Weiner's computer, but I have no cause to say I told you so. I voted for Bernie Sanders but didn't campaign for him because I didn't care for his history of support for things like Israel and war. But I think people have supported Hillary Clinton for all the wrong reasons, and one of those was that they thought she had a better chance to beat Trump than Sanders did, and as tonight's news reminds us that wasn't necessarily the case.

But more importantly, as the analysis put forth by Kilpatrick, and others, makes clear, the Democrats could build a large majority in this country from the top to the bottom -- president, congress, state houses and governors -- if they ditched this Clinton, Gore, Heinrich, Grisham, Obama, Biden, Republican-lite politics for good old class based economics and policies on behalf of the working class -- people who work for a paycheck.

Class based economic policies aren't Bernie Sanders' policies. He just ran on them. Anybody could run on them if they had the guts, and the sense, and the compassion he has, and they could go further than he did and oppose the American imperial project and the warmongering, the dangerous belligerence against Russia and China and the 1,000 military bases around the world that go along with it and that causes so much of the rest of the world to suffer.






5 comments:

  1. Thanks for these last several posts, Bubba.

    I'm not so sure that "Class based economic policies aren't Bernie Sanders' policies." He has been running on them for decades, and his voting record is pretty good on those things. It's just that he has been careful to avoid the most incendiary rhetoric of class warfare, knowing that the right has long been maintaining a vast arsenal of rhetorical guns loaded to shoot-down any hint of class warfare launched from the left. He likely wouldn't have got as far as he did in Democratic primaries had he been talking like Che Guevara. Bernie's campaigns have long been couched in language that promotes values like fairness, compassion, and inclusion while criticizing economic inequality and greed, but always without overtly -- or even covertly -- calling for violent revolution to overturn our topsy-turvy economic system.

    Some journalists, commenting on the armed white supremecist militias whose membership has swollen since Obama was elected and who take heart in Trump's incendiary racist and anti-establishment rhetoric, have also surmised that those folks will continue to fume and rumble if Hillary wins, but only a very few of them will actually act violently against "the system" -- because they are COMFORTABLE right now with their hatred and prejudices, and they have a lot of fun dressing up in their cammo gear and running around in the woods with their guns; but actual revolution is messy, painful, and involves a LOT of hard work for which nobody is issuing any paychecks.

    The same is true, of course, for the vast majority of "revolutionaries" on the left. The capitalist oligarchy will win this presidential election no matter what; and we who want to see this system radically changed will continue to be frustrated -- but we will NOT be out in the streets throwing Molotov cocktails.

    Put another way, things will need to get a lot worse before they're likely to move toward getting better.

    On the more hopeful (maybe) side, if those rednecks in their cammo gear ever discover how much they actually have in common with BLM and the radical left, then all hell COULD break loose.

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    1. How are they Bernie Sanders' policies? Does he own them? Did he invent them? No, to be literally accurate he adopted them and runs on them and probably believes in them. When you give the ownership of them to him and then he starts shilling for a Hillary Clinton you have compromised them with some people. A lot of his voters are sitting out the election because of their disillusionment with him.

      That's mainly a technical point but the point I'm making is that anyone can adopt them and the more who adopt them and who run on them the better. He doesn't own them, I could have said, which means the same thing.

      They belong to all of us, I could have said. Too many people invested too much in him and not enough in the policies, I could have said, and when he bailed they were at a loss. A different approach would have been more worthwhile and better served the nation.

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  2. Point taken about "ownership" of policies, technical or not.

    One might also say we don't own the planet. I prefer to think that it has us, in some sense in the same way that a dog has fleas. Except that the planet has dogs and fleas too as well as humans, bees, and elephants' knees.

    To his credit, though, Sanders said from the very beginning of his campaign, as well as periodically throughout and after it, that it was never about him or even about this particular election. Not everybody listened to that, unfortunately.

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  3. BTW, if you don't mind I would like to share your Bernie meme. It's great.

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