The Electoral College Just Gave Us President Donald Trump
It is finished. The approximately 25% of adults in the United States who voted for Donald Trump have what they wanted — Donald Trump has been elected president by the electoral college( 63m Trump-votes ÷ approx. 248m US adults ). Despite two of their republican electors voting for Ron Paul & John Kasich, the state of Texas handed the presidency to the Donald and, according to RT, “around 5:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Trump reached his 270th Electoral College vote.”
To those 25%, I’ll say, “congratulations! I hope your candidate continues to oppose neoliberal trade policies & I hope he makes some kind of effort to rid the capitol of lobbyists & corruption!”
To the other 75% or so, I’ll say — we need to get busy.
Now is the Time to Build the Resistance
Friends, we’ve probably got a rough 4 years ahead of us but we’re going to have to make the best of it — it is not the apocalypse, however. In 2 years, progressives will have a chance to storm congress but we must preserve the momentum of Bernie Sanders’ movement on the left — and we must stay engaged!
That means continuing to support all struggles against the neoliberal-capitalist agenda, like the indigenous peoples resisting big oil at Standing Rock & the movements to stop police-militarization across the country. Staying engaged means figuring out which representative or senator you’re going to vote for in 2018 — find out who your choices are likely to be and, if there aren’t any good ones, find a way to change that!
Organize & Educate!
As Noam Chomsky’s recent interview should remind us, real change can only happen when the revolutionary vision becomes a “part of the awareness, consciousness, and aspirations of the large majority.” During the primaries, Bernie Sanders showed the country that there’s a vast amount of support, especially among millennials, for social-democratic policies — policies like tuition-free college, universal healthcare, financial reform, & getting money out of politics. It’s up to us to organize, to keep building support these for progressive ideas, & to make sure that people are aware that another world is possible.
To do that, we must continue to create & support our own independent news networks, which are currently under attack by the corporate media & their campaign against so-called “fake news.” Fight back by supporting & spreading the articles of independent journalists & news-sites — if we seize the story-factories from the 1%, we can tell a more democratic story!
The time ahead will not be televised as much as the elections were but they are equally — if not more — important. The fake news media — by which I mean CNN, MSNBC, & the rest of their cowardly ilk — will probably return to reporting on celebrity gossip, now that the elections are over. That’s to put people back to sleep, of course. As it usually happens after a general election, many people who were politically active a moment ago will get distracted & wander off — that’s okay & it’s to be expected. As for the rest of you, I expect you to get busy making it as hard as possible for others to tune it all out by figuring out how each of us can best disrupt the system.
Now, go forth & start working on 2018! Print & pass out pamphlets on climate change or democratic-socialism, raise awareness — shut down a bank or something! Good luck!
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