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The American People Have Already Fired Trump

The American People Have Already Fired Trump

Robert Reich

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s soon-to-be-delivered report will trigger months of congressional investigations, subpoenas, court challenges, partisan slugfests, media revelations and more desperate conspiracy claims by Donald Trump, all against the backdrop of the burning questions: Will he be impeached by the House? Will he be convicted by the Senate? Will he pull a Richard Nixon and resign?

In other words, will America fire Trump?

I have news for you. America has already fired him.

That fifth paragraph about “Senate Republicans subverting him and McConnell telling him to end the shutdown” would be laughable if the consequences were not so severe.

McConnell needed to end the shutdown to test the “national emergency” waters, a GOP strategy that they want you to believe was Trump’s idea.

Despite his low overall approval ratings there is no end in sight to Trump being very popular with GOP voters, making Congressional Republicans beholden to him irrespective of their rhetoric, including expressing faux fears of “a future democrat declaring a national emergency to enact the New Green Deal”, a statement that is simply the first salvo in the upcoming 21 month campaign to paint the Democrats as green new deal socialists.

The American people who will determine the outcome of the 2020 election have NOT fired Trump and there is no evidence that leads me to believe they will during the next 21 months.

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I believe that if a presidential election were held today, Mr. Trump would win. A major factor in the election would be the fact that for the most part, the Democratic Party has focused on Mr. Trump as a hate object, and on related fables like Russiagate, instead of putting forth a positive, constructive program of its own unrelated to Mr. Trump and his shenanigans. Only the leftmost side of the party has seemed able to do this, and in response the party leaders are attacking them, instead of the Republicans. Mr. Trump meanwhile has done what a lot of Americans wanted him to do – break things as they were. As President Truman once said, when the people want a conservative, they’ll vote for a Republican. The conservatism of the Democratic Party is not going to get it anywhere.

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Robert,

Please modify the letter appropriately to send to Nancy and the rest of the Corporate Democrats explaining to them why they were “fired” in 2016 and will not be wanted in 2020 either. Then send it.

Thank you,
~/RandB

Bobby; for such a smart guy, you are so naïve! Do you really believe Deep State Apparatchik Heir Mueller will reveal anything to upset the apple cart? Its a joke! Donnie the Popular is not only in for the remainder of “his” term, he may get another bite at the apple! All Donnie would have to do is sign a peace treaty with the Little Rocket Man and reclaim the USS Pueblo and he’s in for another four!

The trump crime family keeps the shoulders rubbed of all corporate congress critters. For Ivanka Trump to say Americans “want to work for what they get” instead of “being given something” - is an excellent example of the snide false equivalencies that create “insecurities” such as she hammers home in dehumanization of those stuck in factory jobs that get contracts from her operation - as noted in the article.
Her heel is firmly on the necks of far too many people - and therein perhaps lies the reason she wears ‘stilettos’ - otherwise known as knives. The cloning machine that produced the pyramid scheme baby now in the Dept of Ed is simply stamping them out one by one with the 18th century feudal die cast by the minds of the epoch. That epoch is over.

It is questionable as to whether we are experiencing the anthropocene or the capitalocene. Whatever the terminology, the latter must be addressed before the former because the damage is immediate, identifiable, can be changed and rebalanced- which in turn aids in gearing up for the profound changes Mother Earth is crying out for…

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The Dems will go with their usual game plan: Subvert their left-leaning candidates, promote their centrists, count on Trump’s low approval ratings to push them over the finish line without having to articulate much in terms of policy, and count the money rolling in on the big donor gravy train.

A) If they win with a Kamal Harris, they’ll tout the wisdom of tracking conservative.
B) If they lose with her, they’ll blame us lefties.
C) If a Bernie-style liberal wins, they’ll distance themselves like cowards.
D) If a Bernie-style liberal loses, see B above.
E) Who am I kidding, a Bernie-style liberal will be kneecapped by his own party.

And that approaching climate chaos cliff we’re hurtling toward? Fuggitabowdit, hippies – we’ve got time.

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I agree with you… the American People Have NOT Already Fired Trump… that’s just Reich’s wishful thinking. A significant portion (a significant minority? or majority?) admire his mojo i.e. his aggressive masculinity including his way with women, his avarice, etc. aligned to a Capitalist mindset.

“we agree on practical things like … not letting big corporations and the wealthy run everything.”

Aaah, ha ha ha ha ha!

If we all agreed on that, we’d have a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. Sure, the people want those things, but when have the people ever had a say in it? We get to vote for candidates that YOUR class, Robert, chooses for us. The result, whoever we vote for, is always the corporations and the wealthy running everything.

To suggest that it’s otherwise is a dirty lie. And more and more people are seeing through it. And once enough of us see through it, those of you who keep repeating the lie are going to wish they had kept their mouths shut. The Hamptons, Robert, are not a militarily defensible position, and when the music stops, we will come for all of you - those on the right and those of you on the left who pretend to be for the people, but who somehow always seem to end up supporting those who take power away from the people. Because it’s not about left and right - it’s about capitalists and the working class - and there are more of us than there are of you. As I recall, you worked for Clinton - the guy who gave us NAFTA, the 1994 crime bill and the final destruction of the unions. So you’d better choose which side you’re on, Robert. Carefully. Because there’s a reckoning coming, and it’s not going to turn out well for those of you who helped to support the programs that turned the middle class into the working poor.

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I remember thinking Nixon was washed up and he won re-election in a landslide victory. Never say never.

Sorry Robert, I really don’t think you can say the president has truly been “fired” by the general public when 40% still approve of his job performance. It’s a problem that won’t be fixed by ignoring it. If the Democrats ever have the guts to pass the “We the People” 28th Amendment, maybe half that 40% could be turned around, even though it would lose in the Senate (for now). The “For the People” HR1 grab bag of easy fixes isn’t going to cut it, because it’s too complicated for those people to understand and they’ve seen too much crap like that already (e.g. the GOP Tax Scam you mention). Otherwise the threat of an Article V convention is the only way we can get there from here.

To his credit, Robert did quit the Clinton administration not long after NAFTA passed (ostensibly to spend time with his family …). Also, from Wikipedia:

During his tenure [as Labor Secretary], he implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), successfully lobbied to increase the minimum wage, lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act, and to integrate all job-training and job-displacement programs so workers who lost their jobs could get access to all the help they needed to get new ones that paid at least as much as the old.
In addition, Reich used the office as a platform for focusing national attention on the need to help American workers to adapt to the new economy. He popularized the term “corporate welfare”—arguing that the nation could get the money it needed to retrain people and move them from welfare to work by cutting “aid for dependent corporations”. He advocated that the country provide more opportunities for workers to learn technological skills.

So, while he is no doubt still a devout capitalist, you could do a lot worse. I personally favor the path of nonviolent resistance, and hope that it will not come to killing all the capitalists indiscriminately. As shown by the rise of Napoleon after the French Revolution, that sort of thing sometimes does not lead to a more perfect union -:slight_smile: