Welcome to the November 2016 issue of The Washington Socialist...
We are just nine days away from the overwhelming relief of having the 2016 presidential election in the rear-view mirror at last. We have a few hopes and dreams – a loss of the Senate majority for the GOP and blessed consignment of Mitch McConnell to a corner set aside for the great failures of US politics; victories in House races for some genuine progressives with wishes they will alter the Congressional culture more than they are altered by it…
And, of course, waving numbly to Donald Trump as he exits (we hope) one stage to seek his next one and new ways to confound the civic impulse. We on the Left may yet learn some things from him.
But we will remain saddled with (or is it gifted by?) a newly incoherent and polarized national culture, and one that few of those in the traces of governance seem to have an incentive to attempt mending. The unusual forces that have been visibly empowered in this process – both the egregious, ambiguous appeal of Trump to his supporters and the heartening, widespread embrace of Bernie Sanders and his array of issues by many who seem superficially similar to Trump supporters – have picked apart some of the long-braided threads of the national psyche and left them visible. Labels and understandings of more than a few “eternal verities” are in disarray.
Whether we, or any other strand of the national politics, can develop a plan, an analysis, to take advantage of this new angle of vision and entry is what we on the Left have been telling ourselves for years is — the opportunity we have been waiting for. So, put up or shut up time…
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