- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
View article without comments
by Daniel Haufler
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at 2:43 PM
With Doug Jones' victory in the Alabama senate race, the end of the Trump era moves a little closer. The left and moderates can only win together. In the GOP tax heist, the rich and the richest will be given permanent Christmas presents.The social contract means compromise
AMERICA REACTS TO A LOW POINT
By Daniel Haufler
[This article published on 12/13/2017 is translated from the German on the Internet, http://gegenblende.dgb.de.]
Donald Trump and the Republicans had to swallow a sharp election defeat in Alabama. But that did not stop them. In a few days, they will make the rich even richer with a tax reform. The end of the Trump era moves a little closer.
Alabama's citizens set a sign of resistance before the absolute low point in US politics. Alabama is such a conservative state that it makes Bavaria look like a hippie gathering. No Democrat had won an election there in 25 years. A democratic candidate won in the Senate bi-election in Alabama. To understand what an incredible success this was for liberal America and the Democrats, one only needs to know Donald Trump defeated his rival Hillary Clinton in this state in the 2016 presidential election by nearly 30%. In Alabama as in the whole South, the Democrats were a corpse. But now Doug Jones, a civil rights activist and enemy of all reactionary racists in the state and hardly known in Washington, will be the US Senator from Alabama.
This is not a little sensation – but an absolute debacle for US President Donald Trump. Trump vehemently supported the Republican candidate Roy Moore although Moore was accused of sexual harassment or molestation by nine women. The reproaches were very explosive because Moore was the district attorney while the women were teenagers and students. Even the second senator from Alabama, the ultra-conservative Richard Shelby did not vote for Moore on account of these credible accusations.
The left and moderate can only win together
Jones' victory gives hope to Democrats – for three reasons. The Republicans are divided more than ever. More top politicians breaking with Trump seems only a question of time. They could stop Trump's bills or the Republicans' bills since they do not have a majority anymore. On the other hand, the Democratic Party is intent on overcoming the division from the election when Bernie Sander's leftist supporters and moderates from the Clinton camp were feuding. On top of everything, it now seems possible Democratic voters – above all women and African-Americans – vote even when Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are not on the ballot.
Certainly, there were many low-points in the past months: Trump's sexist, racist and anti-foreigner rhetoric that cause a sensation worldwide in his tweets, the president's smear campaign against the media as "Fake News" that has its models in autocrats like Putin and Erdogan; the loss of all authority of the US in western democracies because of the erratic foreign policy of the White House with view to North Korea, Iran and Jerusalem.
A social and political-economic catastrophe
The absolute low-point will be reached in a few days. Hurriedly and against all warnings, the Republicans will carry out a disastrous tax reform. The rich and the richest will be given permanent Christmas gifts while the middle class is punished with higher taxes in the long-term. At the same time, 13 million Americans will lose their health care since the law restricts Obama-care. (Translator's note: In the GOP tax heist, trillion is given to households with over a million dollars income.) The state will lose .5 trillion in the next ten years because of this reform. As a consequence, the government in Washington will take away so much money that it will only be able to act restrictedly in economic and social policy. That is a catastrophe from which the country will not recover for a long time, if at all.
The newly elected senator Doug Jones shows how the Democrats can defeat Trump & Co.
This week is an important milestone in Trump's presidency. On one hand, the resistance against the racist and sexist in the White House is clearly growing. On the other hand, he carries out a neoliberal agenda with his party that benefits himself above all. He shreds environmental- and consumer protection and America's political culture. This polarization could continue to the end of his term in office and tear the US to pieces.
A chance for the Democrats
But the milestone could also be a turning point in US policy when the Democrats finally achieve what they neglected after Obama's early successes: acting as the party of the poor and the lower middle class and creating stable organizational structures from the local to the national plane. Obama knew about the organizational weaknesses of Democrats and created his own grassroots movement parallel to the party. That was clever and necessary. He could only prevail first against the Clintons in the primaries and then against the Republicans with their rich donors that way. The party now again needs a broad, functioning and well-financed organization so they can reconquer the majority in the Senate at the end of 2018 – and with a charismatic candidate chase Trump from the White House in 2020. The chance of a victory exists. Alabama showed that.
Report this post as:
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at 1:55 AM
new eBook "Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy"
by Franz Segbers
published by Smashwords, 62-pages
Prof. Segbers sees poverty as a consequence of political decisions and not as a natural law. He understands capitalism as a religion and unmasks the market and competition as fetishes. Perspectives on systemic correction and social ethics can encourage resistance and enlightenment. The state could be active and social and not activating and punishing.
Report this post as:
Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle
Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values
Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda
Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein?
Change Links September 2018 posted
More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre
Site Outage Friday
Change Links August 2018
Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land
More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke
Change Links 2018 July posted
More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena
"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena
Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles
Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California
Change Links June 2018 posted
The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years
Unity Archive Project
Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi
CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police
Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies
More Local News...
USDA Withholds Names Of Turkey Companies Spreading Salmonella
Hebron, Ben-Gurion, and UNESCO
What Can Destroy Enclosure?
Please Help Mississippians Vote For Mike Espy On Nov 27th
The Incredible & Brilliant Work of Dr TOMO SHIBATA
October 2018 Honduras Coup update
Profit de guerre, guerre de profit
“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen Heads to Seattle
Paraphysique du prodrome oukase
President Trump: Hurricane Relief Should not Pay Puerto Rico Debt
94 Of Rick Scott's, Brian Kemp's, the Mississippi GOP's & Other Republican Campaign Crime
30 Of Brian Kemp's Felonious Racist Vote Suppression Crimes
Help translation of From Islam To Womanism book on IndieGoGo
COP 21, 25, 32, de l'écocide organisé
fbi & fmj are ' Lord of the Flies '
Parangon d'une grande infestation
Video: Beautiful Country Burn Again, 39 min
OBAMA WERE POW'S LEFTBEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA
OBAMA WERE POWS LEFT BEHIND IN AFGAHNISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA
DID BARACK OBAMA LEAVE POWS BEHIND IN AFGAHNISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA
DID BARACK OBAMA LEAVE POWS BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN IRAQ AND LIBYA
Paraphysique de l'Etat d'urgence
Republican Vote Fraud Reached A New Level In Midterms
Texas Finally Ousts Culberson!
Israel Quit UNESCO, Um-Shmum, Make Ben-Gurion Proud!
Mafia City Hack Mod Generator - Generate 15.000 Gold
Ronald L. Havner & The Sleazy Corporate Whores @PublicStorage RAPED ME!
More Breaking News...