Instead, I offered (to much critique), we should see this bizarre presidency as an opportunity for labor activism and social justice. “The red state that we’re now in may provide an opportunity for a worker’s economy,” I argued, “as long as we’re not afraid for the Republicans to get credit for some of it.” My idea, at the time, was to leverage the widespread urge for a genuine populist revolt to the advantage of the poor and disenfranchised. Promote and support programs for mutual aid, local economic recovery, and worker ownership. Just start doing it, without labels, and let people eventually recognize this is the progressive agenda.
Amen. I live in a 90% Trump county in rural Texas. Of course every office in county is Republican, climbing over themselves to claim tax cuts, no abortion, Latinos (elsewhere, all our Mexicans are “good” Mexicans) are a national emergency, more police needed — and so forth.
Know what? Our local conservative 100% deep conservative county government has done some really good things. Balanced budget, low taxes, low government, low spend, efficiency, lots of private philanthropy for abused, homeless, children. At least local GOP has actionable plan.
Know what else? There is zero local voice for LOCAL environment, LOCAL living wage, honest LOCAL immigration policy, no strategic plan for LOCAL growth/objectives/needs, little LOCAL public engagement, zero aspirational at level that takes government at LOCAL level such as roads and schools. No discussion of LOCAL talent flight. No discussion of no women or minorities in LOCAL office.
AND, AND, AND know what the monthly local Democratic Party Meetings are about? Rehearsal of anger and grievances about macro issues straight out of a Russian divisive plan book.