Comment on "Four Post-Election Messages":
by Hal Engel
Well said! The action we need is people in every state, especially in the states that Trump won, who can present these ideas with the strength of commitment of candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. We also need organizers who can build and sustain the movement well beyond the next several election cycles.
Finally, we need a progressive national spokesperson who can not only get the votes of progressives but also the millions of more conservative people in red states who are over-worked and under-paid and voted for Trump because Bernie was not leading the Democratic ticket.
Bernie's absences at the top of the ticket left a void that Trump completely filled notwithstanding his many well-known character and psychological flaws. We need Bernie, Elizabeth, or someone else who shares their ideas, ideals, and leadership qualities.
I'm 73 years old, not in the best of health, but am willing to do whatever I am able to do to help the growing class of poor people who deserve a better chance at life. Under Trump we are looking at trickle-down economics on steroids. As with the original trickle-down economics, the trickle stopped at the pockets of the top 1%. The rest of us marched in place, empty handed.
Since 1981 the upper class has remained roughly the same size, the middle class had shrunk, and the lower class has grown dramatically. And the top 1% has most of the wealth in America. These are the conditions that lead to revolution. Trump's victory is the first step down the revolutionary path. What will happen four years from now if the rich continue to get richer (a likely result given what has transpired during the first two weeks of Trump's presidency) and the poor get poorer? To quote a song written by Kris Kristofferson: "Freedom's just another word for 'nothing left to lose.'"