Most people didn't
like either of the two Presidential candidates. Picking the least
worst assured that things will get worse.
though, it should be clear that Republicans are a disaster.
Failure to produce good candidates demonstrates that elections
are rigged: the two party duopoly, gerrymandering, voter
suppression, massive cash flow, flawed election mechanics, Electoral College, etc all
assure that there will be no disturbance of actual policy. Election
reform is not on the horizon, but should include universal voter
registration for adults over 18, range
voting so that third parties are not spoilers, roll back of Citizens
United, restoration of the Voting
Rights Act, and a national holiday for elections. The billionaires who won the election will fight any reform.
Studies show that
Congress responds to the funders not the people. The federal budget
is just about the opposite of what people, when polled, want. Either
party will take us in the wrong direction because policy is driven by
money, not by the people, and certainly not by science.
Republicans have, at least since Reagan,
made dog-whistle appeals to
racists, but they showed their true colors nominating Trump: He
rails against Mexicans, Muslims, appeals to white supremacists
and has propelled a resurgence of racism and alt-right. Remember
Bernie's warning about billionaires.
inequality naturally tends to increase over time, slowly
It is at the root of many of our problems: Campaign finance,
lobbying, corruption, political gridlock, media
distortion, corporate predators, runaway costs in healthcare, pharma,
insurance, social pathology, and polarization. It has produced an
countries have kept it under some control. Universal voting rights.
worker representation in management, progressive taxation,
inheritance taxes, Social Security,
universal healthcare, public education, child care, paid leave, elder
support are are all helpful. Republicans
oppose them all.
As working people
lose wages and benefits including pensions, health care, Republicans
continue to bust unions, downsize welfare, cut Social Security or
privatize it, and don't believe that health
care should be a right for everyone. Republican States
that would not accept Medicaid funding will have an estimated 17,000
preventable deaths. We should have a new social
contract, like FDR's Second Bill of Rights, his answer to the
threat of domestic fascism.
If Trump succeeds in
repealing the estate tax (aka the 'death tax'), he and other
billionaires will reap huge windfalls. The Walton family (Walmart
owners) alone stands to gain estimated $32 billions. How much will
Trump family gain ? The estate tax falls on few families. Republican
tax cuts or their flat-tax are consistently regressive, but there
is no evidence that prosperity follows.
Continuing the Bush-Cheney
path, Trump, declared his intention to be a war criminal, promising more
Rebecca Gordon in her book “Mainstreaming Torture” recounts,
torture in reality has generated desired falsehoods to support wars,
created lots of enemies rather than eliminating them, encouraged and
directly trained more torturers, promoted cowardice rather than
courage, degraded our ability to think of others as fully human,
perverted our ideas of justice, and trained us all to pretend not to
know something is going on while silently supporting its continued
practice. None of that can help us much in any other ethical
pursuit. (from David
Republicans refuse to close the shameful prison at Guantanamo.
Trump and the
Republicans push to spend more on armaments and the military
because in many Congressional districts it is a jobs program. Our
economy depends on the ability to kill, maintain the world's largest
military for empire,
and fight the forever war.
It is not about the security
of the people. Neither party is for peace.
Trump asked “If we have nuclear weapons, why don't we use them ?” At
the insistence of Republicans, we are embarked on a trillion dollar project to renew
and deliver a new generation of nuclear
weapons. General Lee Butler, the last commander of the Strategic
Air Command, which was armed with nuclear weapons remarked we have so
far survived the nuclear age “by some combination of skill, luck,
and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest
proportion.” Further, he said: "It is my profound conviction
that nuclear weapons did not, and will not, of themselves prevent
major war. To the contrary, I am persuaded that the presence of these
hideous devices unnecessarily prolonged and intensified the Cold War.
In today's security environment, threats of their employment have
been fully exposed as neither credible nor of any military utility."
Republican leadership, is in denial of the science of climate
change. If we somehow manage to avoid a nuclear fire storm, the
planet will fry slowly. CO2 already exceeds safe levels at 400 ppm
(and increasing) and persists for centuries. Even now, glaciers and
ice caps are melting, forest fires expanding. Droughts, storms,
floods, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, fisheries collapse,
forest clearing, species extinction, all contribute to the
destruction of nature.
Republicans deny the problem. Trump says it is a hoax. There may not be time left to even slow it down.
NASA climate scientist James Hansen forecast a possible 10-foot rise in sea levels
before the end of the century. One-third of Florida's population
lives below this level, as do more that 700,000 residents of New York
City. Expect mass migrations
from major coastal cities, flooded coasts, storm devastation, deserts
or uninhabitable areas. Danger of nuclear war as rivers dry up,
particularly between India and Pakistan, will grow. Grandchildren
will find the climate increasingly hostile. The end
times will not be pretty. Republicans
will bring it on much faster.
See the forecast.