This has been my response to these people who have sat along the sidelines of the class struggle barking like dogs acquiescing and falling into this two-party trap as the caravan passes by:
I objected to the entire election as a farce and fiasco rigged by Wall Street as part of the two-party trap set by Wall Street for us. Because I refused to support a corrupt, lying, Wall Street warmonger like Hillary Clinton does not make me responsible for the outcome of this "election."
In fact, those who claimed to be "Progressives for Obama" when Obama himself was nothing but a lying, deceitful Wall Street warmonger--- exposed by his own words they didn't want to believe; and then told us Clinton was the legitimate alternative to Trump are the ones who set us up for an "election" of Clinton versus Trump. In fact, all along I said Trump was nothing but a Wall Street imperialist warmonger, a racist bigot and a fascist creep.
In fact, I called for creating a new working class based people's party.
In fact, Wall Street selected the president just as it always has for over one-hundred years.
In fact, I repeatedly circulated what both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were saying and explained how they were each nothing but Wall Street imperialist warmongers.
In fact, I repeatedly circulated educational materials like this exposing the nature of U.S. politics: http://collections.mnhs.org/.../art.../47/v47i04p154-161.pdf
Am I correct in recalling that you succumbed to the lie that Obama was a candidate progressives should be supporting and then supported Hillary Clinton without trying to educate voters to the truth of what was going on?
In fact, I encouraged working people to unite in movements around real solutions to our problems like this:
Campaign for a “21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity”
We are fed up with politicians campaigning on promises of “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and then failing to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.
We are fed up with our tax dollars being squandered on militarism and wars instead of being used to create jobs by solving the problems of the people and defending our living environment… its time to beat swords into ploughshares. Put people to work solving the problems of the people.
A National Public Health Care System would create over twelve-million new jobs paying real living wages providing people with free health care--- general medical, eyes, ears, dental and mental health--- through a network of neighborhood and community health care centers; this is a better use of our tax-dollars than wasting our human and financial resources on a far flung empire of over 800 U.S. military bases around the world. Or, it could be financed the same way Social Security is financed. Public funding. Public administration. Public delivery… nothing controversial; just like public education.
A National Public Child Care System would create over three-million new jobs providing working class families with free child care.
We need to restore WPA and CCC.
We insist Congress and the president enact full employment legislation which makes them legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment; assure everyone who wants a job employment at real living wages in line with the actual cost-of-living.
Full employment would provide stability for Social Security; everyone paying in; everyone getting something out.
In fact, I wrote two statements that were distributed at two AFL-CIO national conventions, one on health care, the other challenging the betrayal of Trumka and the millionaire labor leaders with their pathetic non-struggle "pragmatic" imperialist ideology.
Here is one of those statements:
I agree with the concept of “prosperity economics” by “building an economy that works for everyone.” There are several very basic facts left out of this “White Paper” and it is very hazy, vague and nebulous as to what our concrete and specific goals and objectives are to be and what kind of movement and struggle it will take for the working class--- organized and unorganized together--- to create a prosperity economics for us all.
We don’t need, and can’t afford, 800 foreign military bases dotting the globe.
The Wall Street selected politicians talk about “jobs, jobs, jobs” when their hidden agenda is really “profits, profits, profits” and “war, war, and more war.”
I encourage the use of the proposed Full Employment Act of 1945 pushed by the CIO unions and authored by liberal Texas Congressman Wright Patman and the associated hearing testimonies to broaden this discussion:
“The U.S. has not just misplaced its
priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it
so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find
adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its
I ask: What ever happened to William Winpisinger’s “Rebuild America Act” and the “peace
AFL-CIO should bring back to life its Committee on Conversion--- from military production to producing for human needs;
swords into plowshares is what was advocated by the late International Association
of Machinist’s President, William Winpisinger. Where is this advocacy for peace
and reordering our Nation’s priorities now?
In fact, I was constantly explaining how whatever the outcome of the election the American people would be the big losers.
In fact, when many of you were content to sit out the struggle, content to simply "support" one of the Democratic Party candidates over the other, I was involved both inside and outside the Democratic Party; I was involved in both areas of struggle and not once did I see any of the "Progressives for Obama" who later "supported" Bernie and then Hillary.
Tell us what you did over the last ten years or so to try to help avert the outcome of where we are at now.
Even at this late date, what are you doing to stop Trump, defend democracy and win struggles for reforms? Let's here what you have in mind.
Anyone can read what I have written in letters to the editor, leaflets I have distributed, seen my active participation as an engaged citizen in a variety of struggles and determine that I bear no responsibility for Trump being elected.
But, the dogs will continue to bark as the caravan passes by.