Daily Archives: November 10, 2016

I’m Sorry I Couldn’t Make Enough People Listen

The Daily Kos has the article I’m Sorry I Couldn’t Make Enough People Listen which was recommended to me by William Kilmer.

Last December I was knocking on doors in western Pennsylvania communities that I might characterize as the rust on the rust belt. As part of a “front porch focus group” I was tasked with talking to voters about the presidential election, finding out what issues they cared about and what they thought of candidates. A number of things became clear to me very quickly.

Voters were fed up. They saw both government and big business as part of a rigged game that was leaving them behind. They believed, quite rightly, that the majority of politicians don’t respond to the people when big donors tell them to do otherwise. They were desperate to smash that system and find a leader who would stand up for them. They no longer trusted “the system” and longed for someone outside of it to break through and make real, fundamental change.

The final paragraph of the article says the following:

But will the liberal elites listen? Will we be able to wrest control of our party and our progressive institutions away from Washington and Wall Street insiders who have destroyed our credibility with working class people across so much of the country? Will you help me make them listen this time?

This is a great, great article. I had similar frustrations talking to the Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee of which I am no longer a member. I have long ago stopped reading the Daily Kos. Is this their attempt to make amends?

On the article on The Daily Kos, I made the following comment:

Is this article a sign that it is safe to read The Daily Kos again? I stopped reading the Daily Kos when they stopped allowing any dissent on Hillary Clinton. While this is a great article, I will not be a regular reader of Daily Kos again. The only reason for my seeing this article is that it was recommended to me by a friend whose judgment I trust.

Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year

Washington’s Blog has the article Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year by Michael Snyder. Here are the numbers that Jimmy Dore quoted from the article.

-38 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000 last year.

-51 percent of all American workers made less than $30,000 last year.

-62 percent of all American workers made less than $40,000 last year.

-71 percent of all American workers made less than $50,000 last year.

Being a stickler for not misusing statistics, I immediately saw the flaw in these numbers. The following sentences that Jimmy Dore did not quote may give you a hint at what I knew.

That first number is truly staggering. The federal poverty level for a family of five is $28,410, and yet almost 40 percent of all American workers do not even bring in $20,000 a year.

The first set of numbers are about what an individual worker makes. The poverty level number is for a family of five. There is no simple and straightforward translation between what a single worker makes and the total income of a family of five.

I made the following comment on this blog article:

Did you forget that most families these days have 2 workers, by necessity? Yes the numbers are bad for the USA, it is just unfortunate that you have to use numbers in a slightly misleading way to make your point.

Let us always try to stick to the unadorned truth as we make our arguments for how to make the country better. It may be easier to make a point when we embellish, but in the long run it hurts your credibility. Part of this country’s problem is that people have lost sight of the fact that there is a long run. Well, at least there always has been a long run. That may not be true of the future. However, it is best to base your behavior on the possibility that there will be a long run. If there isn’t one, then why worry?

How you lost the world

One of the articles Jimmy Dore read in his critique of the election was How you lost the world by Sam Kriss.

I thought I saw through it all, the whole stupid charade, a coronation disguised as a battlefield. I was wrong. This was exactly what Hillary Clinton wanted people like me to think; she wanted to be an inevitability. And this is why Trump won: the presidency was Clinton’s to lose, from the moment she announced her candidacy, and she lost it. She was the only person who could. People don’t like taking part in someone else’s inevitability.

I am reading the article now. Based on what Jimmy Dore quoted, I expect to like it. Here is what Jimmy Dore read to us about Hillary Clinton’s running.

She knew that she was electoral poison, that vast swathes of the country hated her and for good reason, that she was compromised by a miserable record spotted with sleaze and criminality, that she alienated the left, inflamed the right, and appealed mostly to a small coterie of sexually repressed and pathologically centrist think-tank nerds, that her entire constituency was made of limp cardboard and backlogged semen, that her candidacy raised the serious possibility of a Republican victory when anyone else would have beaten that divided and frothing party into insignificance with one hand tied behind their back – but she ran anyway.

Finished the article. Jimmy Dore read most of it to us, but the parts he didn’t read are just as good as the parts he did read.

Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there

The Guardian has the article Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there by Thomas Frank.

Hillary Clinton was exactly the wrong candidate: a technocrat who offered fine-tuning when the country wanted to take a sledgehammer to the machine

As a member of the Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee, I have been fighting what Thomas Frank said in the article.

The even larger problem is that there is a kind of chronic complacency that has been rotting American liberalism for years, a hubris that tells Democrats they need do nothing different, they need deliver nothing really to anyone – except their friends on the Google jet and those nice people at Goldman.

This attitude is finally what drove me off the committee and out of the Democratic Party. The recent postings on Facebook of the Chairman of the SDTC has finally forced me to stop following him on Facebook. He thinks Clinton lost because America is not ready for a woman President.

Donald Trump Defeats Hillary Clinton — Why She Lost & What’s Next? 1

YouTube has the video Donald Trump Defeats Hillary Clinton — Why She Lost & What’s Next?

Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. What does that mean? Why did it happen? How did she lose Michigan and Wisconsin?

Jimmy Dore breaks it down.

If you want to understand what just happened, this is the best analysis I have heard so far. I wish this clip had gone on to the parts about what’s next.

I am going to track down the articles he references and post them, too.