There is a radicalization unfolding in this country. It reached its highest point Saturday with over a half million in DC and three quarters of a million in Los Angeles. All across country. Ten thousand in Augusta, Maine and 5000 in Ann Arbor for example. All over. We saw history being made by people taking control of their own lives. These were the largest demonstrations of people we have ever had.
It began with Occupy. Then Black Lives Matter. Three years ago 49% of young people under the age of 29 said they preferred socialism over capitalism. This spread. Sanders got 13 million votes. Now Saturday’s historical outpouring.
Why? Real wages haven’t gone up in 40 years. Unemployment and underemployment is huge, perhaps 20 %, double that for black people. New jobs are temporary and low paying. The rich are getting richer. Health care and education are good only for the well off. Half the population is either poor or near poor.
Trump’s solutions are BS. Scapegoating Mexicans and Muslims, building a wall, creating a registry, deporting young people, strengthening local cops, spending even more on the military, lowering taxes for the rich, charging tariffs, cutting health insurance. drilling for more oil, fracking for natural gas, denying climate change, denying women the right to control their own bodies. All of this will do nothing to relieve people’s plight.
So they hit the streets. Initiated by women. Millions. Diverse. Young. Trump had only been in office 2 days.
The genie is out of the bottle and the ruling class must be terrified of what will come. They didn’t want Trump in the first place. But their candidate Clinton didn’t cut the mustard. People didn’t like or trust her and not enough of them would vote for her.
So the elite tried to delegitimize Trump with the lie that the Russians interfered with the election. This only added fuel to the fire. Saturday’s tremendous outpouring first and foremost sent a message to the people there: look how many and how powerful we are. It sent a message to the American people. All the marchers have families and friends. Multiply three million times this.
It was mobilizations like this that ended the war in Vietnam. Antiwar sentiment spread to the soldiers over there. They wouldn’t fight. They stopped fighting and it was all over. That’s what could happen here. Trump could be all over.
We know now we can stop Trump and his deplorable cabinet full of billionaires and generals. He found a fox for every chicken copp. These people want to end public education, pollute the environment, impoverish workers, control women’s bodies and further unleash the cops.
Can they get away with this? After Saturday I think not. The man has been in office but a few days and his plan to “make America great again” might succeed but ironically in a way he didn’t plan on. He mobilized the American people who are out there acting in their own interests for a change. When this happens and it doesn’t happen often people make their own history as Howard Zinn taught us. They realize they have a world to win.