Newsletter: Time For Boldness, Clarity & Assertiveness | PopularResistance.Org

12 Nov

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, www.PopularResistance.org
November 11th, 2016

 

There is confusion in Washington, DC among the political elites. Donald Trump, who ran against the elitism of both parties, won the election with an appeal to economic populism. He won the election when the Rust Belt states, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, voted to make him president. These states have suffered the consequences of corporate trade agreements with lost industries and jobs.

The election of Trump has shaken the establishment and opened space for a shift in policies. Trump’s economic ‘populism’ will actually serve the wealthy. He is promising tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, the shrinking of government services and an increase in military spending.

In this moment, the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice needs be bold, clear and assertive in putting forth an agenda that will serve the economically dispossessed, those under attack by militarized police, immigrants facing detentions and deportations and demonstrate policies that ensure economic security. Where Trump is right, as in detente with Russia, the movement will support him against the neocons and humanitarian war supporters; and we will push him further for an end to war as the primary tool of foreign policy.

Both parties are confronting major fissures, leadership challenges and questions about where they go from here. Their confused leadership provides an opportunity for the popular movement to fill the leadership void with policies that put people, planet and peace over profit.

 

Election Protests Washington

 

An Illegitimate Government

This year voters felt mass alienation from the two-party system with a New York Times poll finding the presidential campaign filled people with revulsion by a margin of 82% to 13%. This is consistent with an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs poll which found a democracy crisis where “9 in 10 Americans lack confidence in the country’s political system…” The poll taken as the primary season came to a close found “only 13% say the two-party system for presidential elections works.” The elections left most people in the US feeling discouraged with 70% saying they experience frustration and 55% reporting they feel helpless. Only 13% feel proud of the presidential election. The campaigns of the two most unpopular candidates in history from two unpopular political parties helped more people to learn that the government is illegitimate.

Even though populist anger at DC elites is broad and deep, both parties in DC did not realize the extent of anger. During the primaries, Trump turned populist anger against elites like Jeb Bush and elected Republicans. During the general election, it was turned against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. The Democrats should have seen it in the widespread support for Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders put forth a populist progressive domestic economic agenda, but the Democratic Party leadership rejected it and did all they could to ensure Sanders’ defeat. This only added to the populist anger no doubt aiding Clinton’s defeat. In Hillary Clinton, the Democrats put forward a candidate who stood for the establishment, elitism and corruption. She was the wrong candidate at a time when people were angry at the 1% and wanted change from a status quo that was unacceptable. The Democrats lost because they dismissed populist anger, they were blind to what they had done to the people of the United States over the past few decades.

 

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Source: Newsletter: Time For Boldness, Clarity & Assertiveness | PopularResistance.Org

 

This resulted in voters sending a message to the establishment: “you, the political elite, have hurt and harmed us these past eight years. You have ignored us and left us behind while ensuring your wealthy friends recovered quickly and well from the 2009 crash. We have experienced great anxiety and insecurity. Now have a taste of that yourself!”

Richard Wolff, also an economist, sees the same economic realities as Jack but then connects the dots:

“Let’s remember that elections these days are integrated parts of a system. The dominant power is intertwined with the dominant wealth. The corporate system — and the individuals it makes rich — normally buy the political process. That’s how systems work.”

In fact, in 2015 and 2016, banks and financial interests put more than $1.4 billion into efforts to elect and influence people in national political office. A new report, Wall Street Money in Washington, found they spent more than $2.3 million a day — $800 million of which was campaign contributions. The result of this election, in which $6.6 billion was spent, was that money won.  But, under the surface of the usual story, a moment of populism was foretold, the people rose and showed their anger. They are fed up with being thrown under the bus by a corrupt government. This presidential election was a protest vote against a duopoly government corrupted by money…..read more

 

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Don’t Mourn Organize, Now it starts…. the Real Vote It’s In The Streets! The rigged system holds no future for the 99% a political revolution does.

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