SocialistWorker.org - September 2018

"We are far from a world in which a confident and united working class is able to shake Corporate America and the U.S. government.

But we have had a taste of the strength of mass protest and workers’ power since Trump occupied the White House. Some of the largest demonstrations in U.S. history have taken place in just the last 20 months — and let’s not forget the red-state teachers who won double-digit salary increases from Trump-worshiping Republicans."

On his first day in office, he bafflingly lied about the size of his inauguration crowd, which the world could see with its own eyes was paltry. Since then, Trump has repeatedly disturbed and dismayed — from planning his response to a North Korean missile test in the middle of his Mar-a-Lago restaurant to finding good things to say about the Nazis of Charlottesville.

Dozens of commentators have compared our Trump dilemma to the fable of the emperor’s new clothes — but the comparison doesn’t hold up.

In the story, the king’s advisers and subjects all pretend to agree that the king’s robes are fabulous because they’re afraid of being revealed as fools by admitting he was naked all along. By contrast, all of Trump’s advisers — and most of his subjects — know that it’s Trump who is the fool, and they talk about it constantly among themselves.

The question is: What are we going to do about it?

IF THERE were some natural law that brought presidents down on the basis of incompetence or immorality, Trump would be long gone already.

Instead, he continues on, propped up by a political system that prefers a dangerous autocrat presiding over mass inequality to the democratic uprising that it will require to get rid of him.

The complicity of the Republicans is obvious. They may complain about the president behind the scenes in cowardly anonymous quotes, but in public, they back Trump to the hilt.

And it’s no secret why: Trump is pushing through corporate tax cuts, gutting labor and environmental laws, pumping up the Pentagon budget and filling the courts with religious fanatics and corporate ideologues — in other words, implementing the right wing agenda they all support, whatever their differences over the details.

The supposed renegade in the Trump White House who wrote the Times op-ed article made it clear that she/he wants to defend and continue the pro-capitalist, anti-worker essence of the Trump program by shutting down the unstable element of Trump himself.

Democrats, on the other hand, talk loudly and angrily about opposing Trump. But when they’ve had opportunity to back up their words with strong action — like when Trump dared them to shut down the government in defense of protecting young immigrants in the DACA program — they backed down like they always do. ...
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