Thursday, November 17, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Trump Wins

Dear Editor,

Trump wins. I point angry fingers. The corporate controlled Democratic Party, lurching rightward since Bill Clinton, has become the enemy of working people and of progressive ideals. Rustbelt ‘deplorables’ may lack Ivey League degrees, but they are not stupid. They know when they are getting the shaft. And that’s what the Democratic Party has given them for decades.
In addition to toxic trade deals, corporate Democrats have helped provide: trillions to the military-industrial complex, endless war, a shredded social safety net, mass incarceration, school loan enslavement, Wall Street bailouts, Obamacare billions for health insurance companies, and spineless climate change policies to benefit fossil fuel donors.
Establishment Republicans are worse. After decades of dog whistle racist language to get whites to vote against their own economic interests, an angry movement has emerged which Country Club Republicans can no longer control and which may destroy their Grand Old Party.
The mass media, intoxicated by profits from the nonstop Trump extravaganza, ignored critical analysis in favor of spectacle, giving Trump billions in free coverage, while mocking him. Ironically, Trump threatens a media crackdown, proving Karl Marx right in saying that capitalists will sell the rope to those who will hang them. 
We need a coalition of conservative populists and progressives to revolutionize the political system so it serves ordinary people, as Ralph Nader suggests in his book, endorsed by conservative Grover Norquist, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. Despite glaring differences, common ground exists on infrastructure jobs, ‘free trade’ agreements, protecting social security, privacy, avoiding unnecessary wars and foreign entanglements, ending corporate welfare, and on many other issues. 

George Ochsenfeld, Monee, Illinois

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