Things I Would Like to See Focused on in 2017
The movement for a political revolution in America that coalesced around Bernie Sanders needs to keep going and keep growing. To that end, I believe progressives of all stripes, and maybe even some conservatives and libertarians, need to keep the following in mind this year.
The 2016 election is over. It no longer matters who would have been worse, Hillary or The Donald. The fact of the matter is that we’re stuck with Trump for now, and quite possibly the most reactionary and rightwing cabinet in American history. Progressives must mobilize to do everything in our power to keep at least the worst of his policies and proposals from becoming reality. This means everything from crashing Congressional email servers with protests to taking to the streets.
Focus on the issues, not on Trump personally. Politicians like him are immune to personal attacks–he’ll just come back with belittling personal attacks of his own and the public will lose sight of his policies which would adversely impact them if they come to pass, and then they’d come to pass. I think that would be bad. Of course, please feel free to personally bash him here. It can be cathartic.
Keep the movement for a political revolution out of the control of the Democratic Party. Never forget that the Democratic Party is now where progressive causes go to die. Look what just happened in the primary last year. If that means starting a new Populist Party or something, fine. Let’s think about how we can actually do that. Hell, if the Teabaggers can do something like that surely we can. If it means taking over the Green Party, that’s fine, too. Personally, I think that is the best way to go since they already have some infrastructure, but we’ve got to find a way to get real progressives on the ballot in 2018, especially in local races. I realize some people here think it’s worthwhile to try reforming the Democrats; I don’t. The corporate interests are just too entrenched.
Keep on putting the truth out there on any issues that matter to you. Here’s a sample: inequality of wealth, tax policy, corporate subsidies, foreign policy, imperial wars, climate change and the environment, our declining standard of living, social and economic justice, the power of Wall Street, the imperial presidency, stopping Republican craziness on all sorts of things, voting rights, too goddamn many people in prison, police brutality and oppression, hunger, poverty, education, and I’ll stop there. The list goes on, but what they all have in common is that We The People need to get government working for US, not just the wealthy and the powerful.
When it comes to a particular issue, don’t be afraid to make allies of people with whom you vehemently disagree on other issues that are important to you. Be able to agree to disagree.
Beware of conspiracy theories. They often only serve as distractions from what matters right now. Look at the whole Birther thing, and how Donald Trump used that to advance himself in the public sphere. There are plenty of real conspiracies out there, and they usually come to light, especially in this information age. For example, there was a conspiracy within the Democratic Party to make damned sure that Bernie Sanders did not win the nomination. There is clearly a conspiracy between the Obama Administration, the national security apparatus, and certain mainstream media organizations to demonize the Russians, to beat the war drums, and to distract the public from the fact that Hillary Clinton lost the election because of Hillary Clinton and the fact that Obama failed to deliver on most of his promises.
If you start to hear things that demonize China after Trump takes office, look out! That might be more of the same, just a different target. Remember that successful conspiracies that are never uncovered are rare. Check the sources of these things very carefully. Be skeptical, at least at first.
Finally, please remember when you are on JPR that words on a glowing screen can’t really hurt you, even if they come from a prideful barbarian such as myself, and that most of us have far more in common than we do differences. For example, you may not agree with everything I wrote in this post, but you probably agree with at least some of it. I hope so, anyway.
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