In a statement Tuesday, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) announced that the acting Secretary of the Army, Robert Speer, had “directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access pipeline” — an oil project the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has been protesting for months.
The news doesn’t mean the easement has been granted yet. But the Sioux and their allies have promised to fight if it moves forward.
Native Americans are rarely considered part of the “rural working-class,” a term that’s increasingly become a dog whistle for white Middle Americans. But Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II was quick to disavow that notion.
“This [protest against the pipeline] is not only a Native American movement,” Archambault wrote in a letter to Trump on Jan. 25, “it is a movement of the working class and rural whose voices are often quieted at the expense of more powerful neighbors.”
Not only do indigenous people suffer from staggering health, educational and income disparities compared to the general population, they often do so far from mainstream attention. Read more
By murdering Bernie Sanders’ campaign, neoliberal elites in the Democratic Party consciously, knowingly and deliberately handed Trump the Presidency in order to avoid having to stand up for working-class Americans behind the palest-pink social democrat.
Some enemies of the working-class don’t talk about building walls.
Posts blaming those DAMNuneducated, rural white people for allowing Trump to win are kind of ironic. Like, the Left pretty much abandoned the American working classes, especially in the more rural areas of the country [and instead concentrated in metropolitan areas], and allowed Conservatives to swoop in. Of course rural white people are going to flock to a protectionist pointing the finger at China for destroying their “jobs”. There’s no Left to speak of in these areas to counter the propaganda. I, too, would love for radical anti-capitalist ideas to randomly materialize in the minds of people disenfranchised by capitalism (yes, these white, uneducated voters are disenfranchised by capitalism too) but that’s not going to happen, and it’s our fault for allowing it to happen.
I think people on the Left need to do some introspection and see that maybe just sitting back and criticizing everything that happens without actually doing something is part of the reason Leftism is so dead. Like at what point do we accept failure for our own actions? Maybe we can stop making classist jokes about a group of people who have had their entire well-beings uprooted by global capitalism and direct their energy into a more productive avenue (Communism). Maybe read the stories of formerly life-long Union Democrats voting for Trump because he’s the only one pointing out (albeit, in a totally wrong fashion) how the lower-middle classes are suffering under a system that has sent their well-being over-seas and has given them an economy of fast food jobs and temp work.
I feel like I’m asking a lot here; asking Leftists to pull their heads out of their asses. It’s probably extremely unlikely, but we need to *do* something. We need to stop this global march towards fascism as a wrong-headed response to neoliberal global capitalism with some counter-propagandizing. Because posting about Communism amongst various cliques on Tumblr isn’t really doing much, as you can obviously see. Talking about Communism with your friends on your liberal arts college campus isn’t doing much about it. Branding the entire Trump movement as a “fascist” one isn’t doing us a lot of favors, either. That’s not to say that there aren’t massively Fascist undertones to the Trump campaign, but I reckon a lot of formerly well-paid blue collar workers even to the left of Bernie Sanders are facing terminal unemployment and homesslessness and are voting for Trump in response. Trump’s rise to power isn’t a black and white issue, it’s happening for very specific reasons and we need to spend some time and effort and get our hands dirty and see why, and find out how to propagandize and mobilize contra the Trump movement.
Disaffected white working class Americans who thought Billionaire Trump (born into wealth, living in a *literal* gold penthouse) was genuinely gonna stand up for their rights are as dumb as that Spinal Tap drummer who was TOTALLY sure he was never gonna die.
“Well, when I joined, they took me aside and explained the situation. It freaked me out a bit. But it can’t always happen. Can it?”
“I mean… I mean…the laws of averages says you will survive.”
When I think about rebellion, the truth is that I never rebelled against my parents. There was nothing to rebel against. They were working class people. My mother was a waitress, my father was a truck driver - what’s to rebel against? Parental rebellion is a very Orange County thing, rebelling against your rich parents. And that certainly wasn’t my life.
Brooklyn anti-gentrification protester in downtown Brooklyn. Too many working class people are being pushed out of their homes and are being replaced by luxury buildings and venues. Brooklyn has undergone radical changes and many people of color, immigrants, and the poor can no longer afford to live in their homes.
The best part about this election was how the left maintained their facade of caring about the lower class, but as soon as they voted for a candidate that promised to go after policies that’s only purpose was to american working class, like NAFTA and Obamacare, you could see the vitriolic hate they have for the lower class simply because their parents couldn’t afford to buy them a college education.
Its about how the husband of the warmongering left wing candidate signed a bill into law that killed Americas industry, and instead of having to pay Americans a decent wage, and god forbid: union wages, they could ship those jobs and factories to countries where they can work people 16 hour days at 30 cents an hour and then ship that product back to the US for drastically less than it costs to pay an american for that work.
Now for Obamacare, if someone can’t afford healthcare, how the hell can they afford a massive tax penalty for not having it? Now its $700 per person or 2.5% of your annual income. We’ve been made to buy into an overpriced and corrupt system that Obama had no intention of fixing.
Now here’s where race factors in. The majority of rural white voters (that are not actually racist), have faced a bunch of rich societal parasites screaming buzzwords like “white privilege” and all other manner of uninformed social justice bullshit one forms when they live in gated in communities whose mommy and daddy have set them off pretty well in life.
The truth is, the majority of these privileged racisses (who beyond media accusations of racism, there’s no evidence to support that) are living paycheck to paycheck. They don’t make enough to save adequately. Hell, the majority of the US (71%) make less than $50,000 (and many actually make around half that) a year, which for those of you that voted Hillary must really come as a surprise.
It wasn’t “racism” or “mahogany/sexism” that got Trump elected.
It was decades of getting the shit end of the stick by the democrats and establishment republicans who forced there face into the dirt, undercut the american dream, and then have the fucking gall to dare call someone a racists or a sexist for daring to think that the american government should put its citizens first.
given a simple choice: a guy who has real economic experience, who has laid out a plan either repeal or make reasonable revisions to things that are harming the working class, or some woman going up on stage going on about wanting to use a “military response” to her perceived “Russian aggression” (translation: declaring and waging an unprovoked war of aggression against a nuclear super power (because she wants her wittle wegime change in some third world shit hole)).
Judging by that electoral map, when given the choice between economic progress, and a massive conflict where countless Americans would die for nothing, it was a pretty obvious choice.
Also I can assure you, there are not going to be any Confedernazi death squads purging black Americans, immigrants, LGBT, Muslims, people who don’t brush their teeth in the morning, people that put the butter on the underside of their toast, or whoever else the media is saying Trump is going to march into his Trump brand Auschwitzes the moment he takes office.
When you look at Clinton’s record on pushing for draconian anti-woman restrictions on social security in the 90s, her seriously grim record on Iraq and Afghanistan, her scarily recent conversion to supporting LGBT rights, her arrogant dismissal of Black Lives Matter activists, her political baptism as an aide to anti-Civil Rights dinosaur Barry Goldwater, her secret speeches to her asset-stripping elite backers on Wall Street, her support for fracking and big oil companies such as those pushing the Dakota Pipeline … Her record of doing *actual* harm to working-class Americans is very much comparable to Donald Trump’s wild, undeliverable politics.
That said, nothing Hillary Clinton says gives succour and active encouragement to racists and cranks - but ‘not being a wannabe-Führer’ is not a legitimate sole qualification for the support of the working-class movement.
“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m
an economic nationalist, The globalists gutted the American working
class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about
Americans looking to not get f—ed over. If we deliver, we’ll get 60
percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote
and we’ll govern for 50 years. That’s what the Democrats missed. They
were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap
employing nine people. It’s not reality. They lost sight of what the
world is about.”
Bannon is Trump’s best pick by far. This is amazing.
It is the advantage of the rich to always have a place in this world, whether we buy it or are born into it. University is always a choice, we’ll never join the American working class and we’ll never be forced to pull on a uniform we didn’t choose, but sometimes, when not even Father’s generous donation to Yale’s athletic department can buy you a place at an Ivy, there’s always Astor. Astor’s the American dream of colleges, they’ve bought it, boiled it down and bottled it. They’re selling it back in the form of college diplomas, at a price on we can afford, another four years of acting up without consequence. The school sits in the shell of a decadent old hotel, the marquee still all lit up, the polished marble of the front desk still glistens. The foyer is no longer cluttered with designer luggage and foreign dignitaries, but with the children of affluent and the few scholarship students invited along for the ride.
President Obama inherited a country on the verge of catastrophe. America had fallen into the worst recession since the Great Depression. The unemployment rate was climbing to 10 percent and the country was losing 800,000 jobs a month. The nation’s GDP had plunged 8 percent, the worst quarterly drop in 60 years. The financial sector had collapsed. Lehman Brothers had filed for bankruptcy. Insurance giant AIG had lost $100 billion, and the Federal Reserve had to step in with an $85 billion loan to stabilize the company. The savings and investments of millions of ordinary Americans were at risk of vanishing without an unprecedented $700 billion government-financed bank bailout. And the tumbling housing market had erased trillions of dollars in wealth. Wall Street was in turmoil. Retirement funds for working-class Americans had disappeared overnight. The American auto industry was preparing to shut down for good, and millions of auto-related workers in Detroit and other cities were about to be unemployed. All this happened while the nation was fighting two of the longest wars in U.S. history, and the chief terrorist who killed 3,000 Americans on September 11 was still at large.
That was a mess. Donald Trump, on the other hand, inherited a country now creating 200,000 jobs a month with a 4.8 percent unemployment rate and a federal deficit that has been cut in half. He inherited a country that has experienced no new major terrorist attacks on its soil and has finally captured Osama bin Laden. Despite a recent one-year uptick, the crime rate and murder rate reached record lows under President Obama. In 2014, there were 14,000 homicides in America, far fewer than the nearly 19,000 murders a year during the Reagan administration, when the country had a much smaller population. And America’s global image, which had dropped to a sub-20 percent favorable rating in Britain and Europe under George Bush, soared to 80 percent under Barack Obama. By nearly every major objective indicator, Donald Trump inherited a country that was much better off than the one President Obama inherited. The only real mess that Donald Trump inherited is the one he created.