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Why Trump’s Con Can’t Last Forever


#1

Why Trump’s Con Can’t Last Forever

Katrina vanden Heuvel

From the start of his short, truculent and unabashedly populist inaugural address, President Trump called out the Washington establishment: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”


#2

Katrina's a brilliant woman, and I respect her optimism, but just as victims of natural disasters refuse to question their faith, and just as Democrats stopped criticizing US foreign policy when it was being sold to them by Obama, conservatives will find other scapegoats for their anger. Those in my family believe that liberals run Wall Street (reinforced by HRC's ties to Goldman Sachs et al) and that America is always only acting defensively against evil foreigners (reinforced by Democrat support for drone attacks, invasions, and anti-Russia hysteria).

Economic self-interest and the desperate compulsion to be seen as "patriotic" have practically excluded real criticism from the national debate, so any chance for changing Republican minds with facts and history is probably slim to none.


#3

While Trump can last forever the capitalist system will until we realize we have to smash it with
an egalitarian communist movement. Workers have to move beyond the electoral trappings of capitalism. It always was an illusion of democracy, it was never real. WE need to organize rebellions: rebellions in our workplace around all those issues that plague us everyday, in our communities where we feel the chill of death from racist police terror, rotten education, and inadequate medical care. All these problems have their root in the racist and sexist exploitation of labor to maximize profits and divide our class into sections that can not successfully fight for our needs without multi-racial unity and unity of men and women workers. The culture of racism and sexism are generated by through miseducation in our schools and the capitalist media which constantly build stereotyped images of Black, latin, Asian workers and women to propagate this continued capitalist nightmare. It is our duty to see this system of exploitation as a murderous pestilence that must be swept from the earth. See www,plp.org for more information of the history of the working class and our rebellions present and past.
It is a great organizing tool.


#4

I agree with Katrina that Trump's con can't last, but, in the meantime, he can do enormous damage. Just read that he revived Keystone XL and the DAP and that, I'm sure is just the beginning. The long term danger may be Pence, not Trump, though. The Republicans will use Trump, but when he crosses the line as he most surely will, they'll have no problem dumping him and going with Pence, who is much more to their liking. Don't underestimate Pence. He is far more adept at working the system.


#5

Katrina vanden Heuvel has been one of the Clinton wing of Democrats who have promoted neoliberal (right wing) ideology to the beat of a rock and roll song. Complex issue, but by now, virtually all of the media marketed to liberals implicitly promote right wing economic ideology. In doing so, they successfully split apart those who are not on the right wing -- middle class vs. poor.

Why this matters: The US had been in similar (rt. wing) eras before. Each time in the past, the masses -- poor and middle class -- united to push back, for the common good. That can't happen this time. Some 20 years into our war on the poor, the "masses" are divided and conquered.


#6

The reason workers are powerless today: The US shut down/shipped out a massive share of our jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare aid in the 1990s. What we did was create a huge surplus of job-ready people who are desperate for any job at any wage -- grateful for the chance to replace you, for less than you are paid. There's nothing to fall back on. Behind every worker, there's a line of replacement workers desperate for their jobs.

Unions have been getting phased out since the 1980s. The unions still exist have been de-clawed. US unions have built a long record of "concessions." Understand that US corporations are now largely international entities, no longer dependent on US workers or consumers. If workers become "a problem," most businesses can pack up and move. And most workers should know by now that we have no mercy on those who are left behind.


#7

Stalin maanged to do it for the whole of his lifetime. Why can't King Donald 1st?


#8

Unless the 2016 Trump supporters have something other than Trump and corporate Democrats to chose from in 2018 and 2020 Trump and the GOP are in like flint for at least eight years.


#11

A lot more than eight years------Trump is doing what any idiot democrat should have done----focus on bringing jobs back to these mid west states-----rep could hold these states for a long time if he brings jobs back to these states. And in his inaugural he was so right on about the corruption of washiington.

It is bizarre to see wall street so happy as TPP goes down------but wall street thinks there going to get big tax cuts and the trade stuff is all talk????????


#12

"Fierce opposition from Democrats"? Please, that is a fantasy - the Democratic Party has been corrupted to its core and represents the same cancer eating America as the trump regime, only a "kinder and gentler" version with far less gumption. We just saw the truth of that with Dem votes on big-pharma and the torture nominee. Reform within the Dem party is as likely as its "fierce opposition", it will not happen. The same old quislings installed as new con job "leaders" responsible for the trump regime - the fact is the Dem establishment might as well have installed trump & co.

It appears the only way for the people and political responsibility and justice is a new party - all we need now are the leaders to make that happen who realize Dem Party reform is fantasy...............not holding my breath.


#13

President Lincoln said it the best, "You can fool all the people some of the time, you can fool some of the people all of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time". I don't know how long it will take the American People to wake up to the folly of The Donald and his oligarchic overlords but the day will come. Tyranny and that is what The Donald and his friends have in store for us, can only last so long. When enough people see their children living in the streets, going hungry, being denied medical treatment and being told that it is our fault and that day will come. On that day the oligarchs will find themselves in the same dilemma as did Louis the XI and Marie Antoinette.


#14

Fierce opposition from the public....Yes. Fierce opposition from the democrats........NO. The democratic party has been handed a gift to get back into power. Just watch them screw this one up.


#15

This. Until people get it through their thick skulls that democracy and capitalism are (1) not synonymous with one another and further (2) are inherently antithetical to one another, there will be no progress.

Capitalism is nothing less than institutionalized greed and exploitation. We can have either capitalism or we can have democracy, but we cannot have both.


#16

C'mon Katrina, nothing happens without intention. We're not where we are because of destiny or magic. People with some very bad intentions brought us to this cliffedge, while people with good intentions remained silent (for myriad reasons, many of which beyond their control). Trump's con will last forever unless people with good intentions act intentionally and demand change--in the streets, in workplaces, in the plains, in farm fields, from the mountaintops to the shining seas--and then in the ballot box.


#17

Dishonest Donald lawn signs won't get the job done. What might get the job done are protests ala the Euromaiden Ukraine genre. Unfortunately, it will probably take the women of America to supply the action needed to successfully neuter the drive for unbridled power by the current administration. Dump Trump will be easier said than done. Paraphrasing Ben Franklin: Those who would sacrifice freedom for safety will get neither.


#18

I highly recommend this piece by Henry A Wallace (Roosevelt's second term Vice President), published by the New York Times in April, 1944: The Danger of American Fascism and compare it to our current reality. Prescient doesn't begin to describe Wallace's thinking.

Follow that with this short essay:

And lastly Hedge's recent piece:


Fascism has been around in the US for a long time, playing out in slow motion. The shit is finally hitting the fan now. Many Americans are coming to terms with the fact that our country is being stolen out from underneath us, not by immigrants or religious sects, but by corporatized leaders, who actually believe they are more deserving than we are, the people who actually perform the labor, fight their wars, and who struggle to make ends meet in the richest nation on Earth. Some will buy what the fascists are selling; as a result mass resistance and education among Americans are necessary components in order to stop in the US, what the fascists accomplished in Germany and Italy back in the 1930's and 40's.


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Capitalism is a system in which the people with money [the rich] have the power to create any new money that is created and to have the first use of it. Thus they keep the power to create money and the use of it to maintain their power and wealth. John Kenneth Galbraith wrote " The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled. Where something so important is involved a deeper mystery seems only decent."
Until the bloggers on this and other chat rooms begin to discuss the money supply and whence it comes I despair of any improvement in our system.
I miss Sioux Rose and Suspira de Profundis


#20

Trump has shown that he is the best at bullying people. He has the republicans scared of what he can do to them. Oh some republicans might object, but trump's followers are like rabid dogs when they go after people. And the republican congress has already been laying the groundwork to hurt americans with the ACA, SS, and medicare, along with religious freedom bills and many others.
You are wrong Katrina, he can get away with it.


#21

Heard from someone with relatives in Indiana that Pence took campaign funds to pay for his mortage.


#22

He has at least three lawsuits against him he is not above the law.