After 1 1/2 years of arguing with my ultraleft friends over why their votes matter, I now have to turn toward my reformist friends and convince them that voting isn’t everything.
If you’re not sure what an ultraleft and a reformist are, feel free to consult my on-line glossary of useful political terms. Just for the sake of this exposition, ultralefts tend to denounce voting and reformists tend to denounce everything else.
The official smart people of America are generally saying, now that Trump is the president-elect, “Well we voted and now we must support our new President and let democracy take its course.” We live in a democracy, but it’s a limited democracy and it’s far from perfect. Even after 250 years of steadily improving it, our democracy is still a long way from fairness or equal treatment. In the last few decades, it’s actually gotten worse than it was, and I have a notion that it’s about to get worser still.
Voting May be Critical, But It Isn’t Everything
Working people struggle against the employers in many arenas. Pretty much all of them, including the electoral arena, are rigged against us, but it is important that we learn to carry out our fight in every battleground. That includes strikes like the very important musicians strike going on right now in Fort Worth, Texas. It includes petitioning campaigns, lobbying efforts, fund raisers, small protests and major marches.
Are you too dignified to march?
Think it over carefully before you answer.
In the same time frame that Republicans take over all aspects of federal government, mid January, we’re going to have a chance to put some strength into the civil rights movement during traditional Martin Luther King Jr birthday celebrations.
On the day after the the inauguration of The Donald, I’m proud to announce that somebody has called for a “Million Women March” in DC and here and there around the country. They invite everyone who believes in women’s rights, and that should include all of us. Even though the march is scheduled for a Saturday, lots of people will take off work on Friday for travel — that might help some of my friends who think a general strike would work on January 20.
I haven’t seen anything yet on activities defending undocumented workers, but I suspect that such events will be called. We won’t be able, physically, to attend everything that somebody thinks up, but we can pick the best ones. I expect to see my ultraleft friends at most of them. Maybe my reformist friends will come this time, too.
Unless they’re too dignified.
No beating around the bush; if you want to know what I really think, click here.