The Problem Isn’t Trump, It’s Bigger
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, http://www.PopularResistance.org
February 4th, 2017
The awakening of mass protests against Donald Trump’s executive orders and appointments could become a real movement, but it must realize a critically important point: Trump is not the problem, the system is. Trump is a symptom of a long-term trend of a failing democracy that is too closely tied to Wall Street and the war machine. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are part of this failed system that does not represent the people of the United States. This week the Economist Intelligence Unit issued its ninth annual Democracy Index. In doing so the report described the decline of US democracy as developing over decades. People have lost faith in the elected government with “political disaffection with the functioning of democracy.” They also describe Donald Trump as “being a beneficiary of the low esteem in which U.S. voters hold their government, elected representatives and political parties, but he was not responsible for a problem that has had a long gestation.”
In short, the United States is in a crisis of Democracy and Donald Trump is a symptom of that crisis. To be an effective political movement we must see the crisis for what it is and focus on the root causes of failed democracy. Our movement should not be about Trump but about transformation of the United States.
Immigration Prejudice Has Deep Roots
We could go back to previous generations and more than 100 years of examples of the mixed views of the United States both being a nation of immigrants but also one that commonly mistreats and is prejudiced against immigrants. This prejudice has been seen in every recent president of the last several decades, as one said:….ThouArtThat, Haikugal, Pastiche and 15 othersGloriaMundi, kath, Koko, tk2kewl, Live and Learn, Enthusiast, Tuesday, azmama, Port tack 8, mmonk, KauaiK, bbgrunt, FanBoy, Cleita, BillZBubb like this
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