CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX
AUGUST 28, 2016
GUEST: ALEXANDER ZAITCHIK
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TOPIC: THE GILDED RAGE: A WILD RIDE THOUGH
DONALD TRUMP'S AMERICA
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"2016 continues to be the most surreal and unpredictable election year in recent memory and this is due in large part to one Donald J. Trump and the millions of Americans who made him this year's Republican nominee for president. As Trump continues to succeed despite behavior that would cripple any other politician, whether it is questioning the patriotism of the Gold Star Khan family or banishing a baby from one of his press conferences, it is imperative to understand why so many continue to support him. And this is what makes The Gilded Rage so important; it provides insight into the forgotten Americans that continue to befuddle pundits and "experts" on CNN and FOX alike."
A more suitable title would have been "They Are Back! Corrupt war criminal vote rigger Killery and her lech sidekick Groper Willy wish to finish the job they started with GATT/NAFTA and PRWORA. A de-industrialized US wasteland where the vast majority of the population get to sleep under bridges, in toxic landfills and eat out of dumpsters."ReplyDelete
Not to mention that old Goldwater gal's views on race relations and extra judicial lynching of people of color ("we came, we saw, he died.") and the upcoming start of WWIII with Russia and China. Oh Yeah!
In 2016 vote or write in Gloria La Riva (PSL).
Thanks for your comment---I hope you listen(ed) to the show.Delete
It's not a promotion of Clinton--I wouldn't have anyone on my show who supported that war criminal.
Even intelligent, kind and caring, productive liberals think that voting for Clinton is the right thing to do. Including my friends. Including Prof. Chomsky. They are as enraged and frightened by Trump as I am by the Clintons.ReplyDelete
As you say, Cindy, we should talk to each other rather than shouting invectives.
I am voting for Dr. Jill Stein.
Jill who? Just kidding. "Productive liberals" What about unproductive liberals? Not much into political labels (they are usually utilized by those attempting to dismiss others views).Delete
Concerning the rather tired "lesser of two evils" cliche. Why just two? Falling into that trap only gives justification to supporting Chump (who at this point is the lesser 'evil' of the two). I am firm practitioner of working for the greater good and not the less painful evil.
As to shouting invectives, what is wrong with a little fire in the belly? Just as long as most of it stays in the belly and is not discharged as diarrhea from the mouth. It is certainly more preferable than bullets from a gun, though sadly there is sometimes a necessity even for that.
Finally. On the matter of Noam Chomsky. In my view he is sadly lacking in personal ethics, as well historical perspective. I do not trust him nor do I hold his "pronouncements" with much regard. I take anything he may say on the political front with a huge grain of salt. The same goes for that old acolyte of Max Schachtman, Bernard Sanders. Was Murray Bookchin ever right about him.
Very interesting interview.
You don't have to go on a peace bike ride across the country to come to make contact with Trump's America. Just take a drive to Stockton, Blythe, San Bernardino, or even Bakersfield. True, these cities all have large minority populations so they may not be bastions of Trump support but they all represent the slow and agonizing death of the American working class. Even here in L.A., working class neighborhoods are being gentrified at breakneck speed and long time homeowners are hanging on for dear life.
What's funny about L.A. is that the clueless liberals are getting a taste of their own medicine. Trump's America might not be sitting outside their front door, neither are working class minority communities, but the homeless are. The homeless are right under their noses and they keep showing up in droves. The LAPD, a working class institution, refuses to arrest the problem away and they shouldn't.
L..A. is one of the most prosperous cities on Earth with one of the worst homeless problems, made worse because clueless liberals chose to remain clueless. Trump's rise is as perplexing but it's because the working class have been screaming for help but liberals chose to be blind to the world around them. Maybe now that they are being priced out of the most liberal city in America, next to San Francisco, they'll wake up and smell their morning latte. Or will it take a Trump victory this November.
Good night to you.
Some of those places were on my bike ride, and I was sorry that we didn't have time to talk about California because Alexander does have an entire chapter about our state in the book.Delete
"Chump's America". Poor Donald, having the blame laid on him for the unfolding political, social and economic catastrophe that is the USA in 2016. Almost makes one sorry for him, but not quite.Delete
It may as well as be named "Clintons' America" or "Koch boy's America" or "Sheldon Adelson's America" or "George Soros'America" or "Michael Bloomberg's America" or "Bush mob's America" or "Bill Gate's America" etc, etc. Since all in their way had a hand in the waste and destruction that surrounds and encompasses us.
Not much for the "Great man/woman theory of history." Besides the issue is how do we get out of this mess.
Agreed it is not the chumpster. Let us go on from here.