Sunday, November 13, 2016

After You Finish Demonstrating and Mourning, Start Reading and Analyzing

There is so much info an election analysis coming in I can't keep up with it or even read it all. A bunch comes from the relentless work of Michael Fiorillo.

There are attacks on people who supported Trump, attacks on the Dems, attacks on Clinton, people who defend the people who did vote for Trump, attacks on those who didn't vote for Clinton but went 3rd party or didn't vote at all, attacks on people who did vote for Clinton (from the left), defenses of some of the ideas Trump put out, and more. So I am compiling stuff for those who want to delve in, with more coming in a follow-up.

I'm trying to find a political path and it often comes down to class vs. identity politics, the latter being used to go after Trump people for being white supremacists and white privileged. My instinct is to build some bridges between the Bernies and the Trumpies for the future. I know people need to vent. The demos do not help build bridges, but so be it for now.

Last night I was hanging with political colleagues since the 70s. One pointed out that even if Bernie was the candidate and lost he would not have spent the campaign attacking Trump but raising issues and he would have left a movement in place. With Hillary we are left with picking up the pieces. All we can do from our perch is keep focusing on the work in the union. Imagine if the UFT/AFT had opened things up for Bernie to get traction. But our union leaders don't want a movement because they are threatened by it and are at base neo-liberals.

The interesting intersection of Trump and Bernie is where they attack the neo-liberal agenda. We need to keep finding these intersections. By the way, most of the Trump disaffected voters (vs the rock-ribbed Republicans) liked Bernie and respected him. A Bernie movement can bring them back but not if they are under constant attack as being ignorant racists.

Here goes. Have fun!
Democrats have occupied the White House for 16 of the last 24 years, and for four of those years had control of both houses of Congress. But in that time they failed to reverse the decline in working-class wages and economic security. Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama ardently pushed for free trade agreements without providing millions of blue-collar workers who thereby lost their jobs means of getting new ones that paid at least as well...

Trump, Empathy and Epistemic Closure | The American Conservative

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Donald Trump’s Victory | RIA

The charts say almost everything about the election...

Very long video clip, but if you just listen to Blyth (who predicted a Trump victory in May) between roughly the 11 and 18 minute marks, you'll hear a very succinct and global explanation for Trump's win...

Democrats once represented the working class. Not any more | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

How Letting Bankers Off the Hook May Have Tipped the Election - The New York Times

Hillary can thank Obama for this one, though it's doubtful she'd have acted any differently had she been in the White House...


1 comment:

  1. It appears the DNC is poised to select Rep Keith Ellison as the new chair. The two previous (Wasserman Shultz and Brazile were essentially ditched after being caught red handed via wikileaks cheating for Hillary in the primaries). Ellison is best known for swearing in on the Koran, repeatedly introducing slave reparations bills to congress, his admiration of Farrakhan, energetic and vociferously defense of CAIR, and a dollop of zionism=racism musings.

    This appointment would top the post-election burning of the US flag - - on Veterans day by incoherent rioters - - in terms of swelling Republican ranks.

    And yes, many of Trump's supporters are not that far from supporting Bernie...but the Dems blew it by mistreating Bernie and tarring middle America.

    At times like this I think of the Reagan (at least I thinkit was Reagan) quote: "I didn't leave the democratic party, the Democratic party left me".


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