Minds on something better

Enough with politics centered on bad Donald and onto constructing alternatives that are based in fairness, consideration of the whole of the people and their humane treatment under the law, by government.  There is really no reason to keep pointing to his ridiculous pronouncements and dirty deeds.  We have proven time an time again that he is a terrible person and should never have been elected to any office, let alone the presidency.  Bad Donald is there, in that position, to do bad things because something is terribly wrong with the United States of America, something so terrible that the people, a good many of them, were willing to give him their vote and trust in him to do better by them than other presidents had in the past.  How could anyone think he would be better?  Perhaps they thought that the alternative allowed was not the kind of alternative they needed.  Perhaps they thought that the same old, no matter which part of it, no matter which party to it, was bad enough to be avoided.  Republican presidents and congresses and democratic presidents and congresses had done them little good.  Both republican presidents and congresses and democratic presidents and congresses hadn’t done much to help them to increase the quality of their lives, give them economic security, give them the kind of security that comes with being able to pay the bills and buy what they need to live reasonably good lives.  During the presidencies and the congresses they had experience, ever more of the nation’s wealth went to a privileged few who were privileged to write legislation and get their way with the laws so that they would remain the privileged and be able to use the rest to make possible their luxurious ways of life.

As the parties go, as the parties preferences are coming into the light, it is rather evident that neither party wishes to allow any kind of meaningful tampering with the system.  Neither wants to go anywhere near the idea of wealth redistribution or the elimination of money from politics.  The preferred candidates are far to the right or centrist, that center very much a keep capitalists happy center.  Most know why that is but too few are willing to consider doing away with an idiotic two party system that keeps real democracy from happening, democracy that provided real choices, real options, not just capitalism or capitalism.  And it is capitalism as it has evolved into its present vicious form that needs adjusting if not abandonment.  There is not party, no meaningful political force around to push back against the abuses of capitalism in its present manifestation and that is how the two parties want it because those who are most powerful within benefit greatly from the inequities it our capitalism allows.

Those same people who voted for Trump see Trump as radical change and they will vote again for radical change.  That means to me that there needs to be candidates available who advocate the right kind of radical change, change of the kind that redistributes both money and power, change that gives all of the people a good chance to live decently, with dignity and self-respect.  It was, if you look at the rally goers and the MAGA hat wearers, a lot of people without much of either who voted for Trump.  Really, they did not cause the conditions of life that led them to such a state of being.  It was our system of winners and losers that made them losers and damn made about being made so and even more angry that they were without ways to fight the forces that put them where they found themselves to be.  Yes, dirty rotten scoundrels a lot of them but without much alternative if they wanted to keep their heads up somehow or another.  They came to take pride in being dirty rotten scoundrels and Trump knew how to become their beloved leader.


By lafered

Retired professor of education concerned with thoughtfulness

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