Sunday, November 20, 2016
Martin Heiinrich: I'm For The Subaru Station Wagon Crowd And Not For You
This "tweet" on New Mexico US senator Martin Heinrich's twitter page is getting some attention.
It's a "pinned" tweet, meaning it stays at the top of his Twitter page even if he posts other tweets after it. Heinrich wants to make sure people see it.
Heinrich also wants to make sure people see that he posts nothing on his Twitter feed that indicates he's the least bit concerned about any of the other reactionary policies likely to result from a Trump administration that will affect less affluent New Mexicans' pocketbooks, their futures, their childrens' futures, their childrens' chances of ever going to college or living a decent life.
Martin Heinrich claims that he'll die for the sake of public lands, which are of interest primarily to a small segment of upper middle class white people. You can look up and down his Twitter feed and you won't find him proclaiming that he'll die to preserve Social Security or Medicare, or anything else that helps the less fortunate and that a Democrat ought to be concerned with, such as the decline in working peoples' living standards and wages over the past 40 years.
Twitter is the social media platform that's followed by the movers and shakers, the big time media, the rich and famous, the people who matter, the important people. Heinrich wants these people to know that even though he got elected as a Democrat he'll do nothing to interfere with their cushy lifestyles. He wants them to know that even though he's a senator from one of the poorest states in the country, one that's getting worse all the time, that doesn't concern him. He wants the upper crust to know that as long as they, his true constituency, do well and as long as he has a place to do his elk hunting, those poor working class suckers, who can't spare the gas to drive out to his precious public lands, who won't be wandering around out there sullying up his scenery, who vote him into office, can go straight to hell.
Heinrich's attitude, by the way, which most establishment Democrats have, is what handed the election to Donald Trump. Working people, the few who bothered to drag themselves to the polls after working for peanuts for eight, ten, twelve hours not knowing if they'd even have job the next day, would rather the system go down in flames. Their silent desperation, which yes, they often express in racist or sexist terms, having no other outlet left to them for their fear and anger, has become so acute that they think anything will be better than the way things are now. Martin Heinrich isn't concerned about them or their futures. He and his constituency will get through a Trump administration just fine. They're all set up, and doing well.