Home | About | Donate

The Lopsided Political Dialogue With the Working Class


The Lopsided Political Dialogue With the Working Class

Tamara Draut

Thursday night, Trump spent considerable air time speaking (more like yelling) about how America’s steel and coal workers have been ignored and sold-out for decades by both political parties. He promised to bring back those long-disappearing jobs and to put their needs front and center in his administration. As the daughter of a steel worker, I admit it was nice to finally hear someone talk about how the old industrial working class was robbed of their dignity and livelihood, with little regard for the devastation left behind.


The language is confusing and opaque:

"For despite the platform language and Hillary Clinton’s stated positions, the Democratic Party hasn’t been talking to the working class. The words “working class” seem all but erased from the Democratic lexicon — in its speeches, ads and on its social media. The party’s language still clings to vague notions of “working people” or “hard-working Americans” or the false notion of a ubiquitous “middle class.” It may well be that the party has bought the political spin that “working class” is code for “white and male” — but actually, it’s people of color who are much more likely to consider themselves working class. And as the party of racial and social justice, Democrats are missing a big opportunity to sell its economic platform to this new working class."

If a father and/or mother works, that's a Working Class family.

At what fiscal marker does a working class couple or family venture into the realm of "Middle Class"?

When I was a kid, the verbiage was lower or upper Middle Class and it covered all families where parents worked.

The well-do-do don't work at all. They hire teams of lawyers, servants, publicists, and worker bees to do THEIR work.

Shouldn't THAT be the distinction? Or some fiscal set of agreed-upon metrics?

After all, if somewhere in the ballpark of 200 families control 40% of our nation's wealth, that suggests the vast majority work; ergo, they are working families!


This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.


Why do so many articles of this type dismiss the idea of bringing jobs back to the US? Did God decree that they are never to return? Are the US and its citizenry are unworthy of such work or that it would be undignified to make things again? This article seems to assume that the rapacious capitalistic system is the natural order of things and we just need to reform and modify it rather than question it down to its roots.

Otherwise this article does make some good points about identity, language and the perfidy of Democratic Party leadership. Make no mistake however, the Republican Party with the nomination of Donald Trump has become much, much worse.