Left Voice - July 25, 2019

... After years of neoliberal measures, privatizations, an unpayable debt, a hurricane caused by a global climate crisis that Puerto Ricans played essentially no role in creating… poor and working class Puerto Ricans stood up. 

With the slogan Ricky Renuncia (“Ricky, Resign”), Puerto Rico spent the last 12 days in mobilizations. Waving Puerto Rican and rainbow flags, they spent the day walking in the hot sun to express discontent. On Monday, there was a strike calling for Rosselló’s resignation. At night, protestors still hadn’t left the streets, and they faced tear gas and rubber bullets. And around the world, people mobilized in solidarity. In New York City, for example, hundreds walked in the rain in solidarity and ended their protest in Grand Central Station. 

First Rosselló said he wouldn’t run for re-election. That wasn’t enough for the emboldened and enraged protesters.. The mobilizations were victorious, toppling Ricky Rosselló late on Wednesday night. His concession speech was entirely wacky, claiming his government was effective and one of the best in Puerto Rico’s history. 

The fight isn’t over though. The Puerto Rican regime, more afraid of the mobilizations of the working class than of a new governor, is seeking an orderly transition to the justice secretary, Wanda Vázquez. But this won’t change the colonial relationship with the United States or the massive and crippling debt. The ongoing effects of Hurricane Maria mean that the Puerto Rican masses still have a lot to fight for. We’ve seen how when governments fall, the most organized sector always takes power. In the case of the Arab Spring, or even the most recent case of Sudan, this means the military. Even if the right can’t seize the opportunity, what is to say a more politically correct capitalist won’t come into power, also carrying out neoliberal measures for the benefit of the capitalists? The Puerto Rican working class deserves its own government — one based on democratic organs of self-rule, free of U.S. colonialism and capitalist parasites.

Meanwhile, in the U.S.…

In the meantime, a very different situation was happening in the United States. Certainly, Donald Trump has shown his abhorrent ideas and policies: “grab them by the pussy,” “shithole counties,” “go back where you came from,” etc. etc.. Donald Trump is responsible for the deaths of 24 people in camps, including at least 6 children.  

The reasons to overthrow Trump abound. 

And yet, in Washington the Democratic Party and the bourgeois #Resistance are placing all their hopes on special counsel Robert Mueller. The former FBI chief was responsible for constructing the massive apparatus for repression after September 11. In the air-conditioned Capitol building, wearing suits and ties, the #Resistance continued their fishing expedition, attempting to tie Trump to collusion with the Russian government. 

For the increasing numbers of people who want to get rid of Trump, but aren’t sure how, the answers cannot be found in Mueller’s testimony. ...
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