Robert Reich: Make America Decent Again

When I first read Robert Reich’s latest column, I wasn’t sure I agreed with him, but the more I’ve thought about it, what he says makes a great deal of sense.  Take a look and let me know your thoughts …

Donald Trump fears only one Democrat: Warren Sanders

By Robert Reich

Robert Reich-4There aren’t 20 Senate Republicans with enough integrity to remove the most corrupt president in American history, so we’re going to have to get rid of Trump the old-fashioned way – by electing a Democrat next 3 November.

That Democrat will be Warren Sanders.

Although there are differences between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, I’m putting them together for the purpose of making a simple point.

These two have most of the grassroots energy in the 2020 campaign, most of the enthusiasm and most of the ideas critical for America’s future.

Together, they lead Joe Biden and every other so-called moderate Democrat by a wide margin in all polls.

That’s because the real political divide in America today is establishment versus anti-establishment – the comparatively few at the top who have siphoned off much of the wealth of the nation versus everyone else whose wages and prospects have gone nowhere.

Warren and Sanders know the system is rigged and that economic and political power must be reallocated from a corporate-Wall Street elite to the vast majority.

This is why both Warren and Sanders are hated by the Democratic establishment.

It’s also why much of the corporate press is ignoring the enthusiasm they’re generating. And why it’s picking apart their proposals, like a wealth tax and Medicare for All, as if they were specific pieces of legislation.

And why corporate and Wall Street Democrats are mounting a campaign to make Americans believe Warren and Sanders are “too far to the left” to beat Trump, and therefore “unelectable”.

This is total rubbish. Either of them has a better chance of beating Trump than does any other Democratic candidate.

Presidential elections are determined by turnout. More than a third of eligible voters in America don’t vote. They go to the polls only if they’re motivated. And what motivates people most is a candidate who stands for average people and against power and privilege.

Average Americans know they’re getting the scraps while corporate profits are at record highs and CEOs and Wall Street executives are pocketing unprecedented pay and bonuses.

They know big money has been flooding Washington and state capitals to cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy; roll back health, safety, environment and labor protections; and allow big business to monopolize the economy, using its market power to keep prices high and wages low.

Most Americans want to elect someone who’s on their side.

In 2016 some voted for Trump because he conned them into believing he was that person.

But he’s given big corporations and Wall Street everything they’ve wanted: rollbacks of health, safety, and environmental protections, plus a giant $2tn tax cut that’s boosted stock prices and executive pay while nothing trickled down.

Trump is still fooling millions into thinking he’s on their side, and that their problems are due to immigrants, minorities, cultural elites and “deep state” bureaucrats, rather than a system that’s rigged for the benefit of those at the top.

But some of these Trump supporters would join with other Americans and vote for a candidate in 2020 who actually took on power and privilege.

This is where Warren and Sanders come in.

Their core proposals would make the system work for everyone and alter the power structure in America: Medicare for All based on a single-payer rather than private for-profit corporate insurance; a Green New Deal to create millions of good jobs fighting climate change; free public higher education; universal childcare.

All financed mainly by a tax on the super-rich.

They’d also get big money out of politics and rescue democracy from the corporate and Wall Street elites who now control it.

They’re the only candidates relying on small donations rather than trolling for big handouts from corporations, Wall Street and the wealthy – or rich enough to self-finance their own campaigns.

Only two things stand in their way of becoming president.

The first is the power structure itself, which is trying to persuade Democrats that they should put up a milquetoast moderate instead.

The second is the possibility that as the primary season heats up, supporters of Warren and Sanders will wage war on each other, taking both of them down.

It’s true that only one of them can be the nominee. But if the backers of both Sanders and Warren come together behind one of them, they’ll have the votes to take the White House and even flip the Senate.

President Warren Sanders can then start clearing the wreckage left by Trump, and make America decent again.

23 thoughts on “Robert Reich: Make America Decent Again

    • Yes, I think Biden, Sanders and Warren are the only three that stand a chance at the nomination. Biden is still leading in the polls, though his numbers have dropped, in part because he’s made some faux pas, and in part because of the doubt Trump has cast on Hunter Biden’s role in the Ukrainian company, even though it’s already been proven nothing wrong was done. Sigh.

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  1. While most of my political leanings are towards Warren/Sanders, I’m not sure that I’m convinced they are the best candidate to beat Trump.

    If this was 2016 I would agree that those two would be the best choices, but in 2020 there is already so much momentum on the Democratic side to get Trump out that a moderate might be the safer way to go. The liberal left is going to vote for anyone but Trump, but will moderates vote for a far left liberal over Trump? I’m not so sure.

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    • I was the same, thinking Biden was likely the best to beat Trump, but after reading Reich’s piece, pondering, then re-reading it a couple of times, it began to make a lot of sense. Quite honestly, I was hoping for a younger candidate who would excite voters, but … not going to happen. The goal now, I think, must be two-fold: convince everyone to vote, and get the democrats to stop slinging mud and present a united front. I’m not sure which is better, but … I would vote for Attila the Hun before I’d vote for Trump!

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  2. Extremely well thought out. I was grudgingly supporting Biden as one of the few who knows where the skeletons are buried and who could get this Congress working again. But Reich makes sense. This, especially, rings true:
    “More than a third of eligible voters in America don’t vote. They go to the polls only if they’re motivated. And what motivates people most is a candidate who stands for average people and against power and privilege.” Trump has somehow convinced those who feel disenfranchised that he’s their guy, the man in their corner, but there are a great many more who simply feel that politics is not the answer and are disenchanted about the whole “game” of politics and Sanders and Warren do seem to speak to them. BUT can they succeed against the Democratic party which has become increasingly conservative and seems to fear anyone who might stir up the mud in Washington? That’s the question. Just recall how the Establishment pushed Hillary at us last time around and shut Sanders up and the young who rallied around Sanders simply didn’t vote. Reich makes sense. We shall see.

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    • I am exactly the same, Hugh. I have little real enthusiasm for any for various reasons, but I was in favour of Biden because I thought he was the one who had the best chance of beating Trump, and overall I like Biden. But, when I read Reich’s piece the first time, I pondered, then I went back and read it a second and third time, and it began to click. I am most concerned about those who don’t or won’t vote, either because the candidate hasn’t motivated them, or they think their vote doesn’t matter, or … and these are the ones I want to smack … because they claim to be “making a statement”. As you say, we shall see. It’s going to be a long 11 months … I’m stocking up on ibuprofin and wine!

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    • Thank you for sharing that, Mary! Very interesting, and many of his points are ones that I fully agree with. These are critical times for not only the U.S., but for the globe. The only thing he said that I disagree with is that the U.S. is a democracy … we never were, actually, but in the last three years, any vestiges of democracy have flown the coop. If we are still a democratic republic, it is in name only. Thanks again … I’ve bookmarked this to return to in a day or two.

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    • I hear what you’re saying, and I don’t entirely disagree, but … oh heck, I don’t know. The democrats are eating their own, and it’s turning people off. The biggest problem we’re going to have is motivating and inspiring those who are inclined to stay home. And, I just don’t think the more moderate Joe Biden is all that inspirational. Sigh. At the moment, I have to admit that it seems a good possibility that Trump will win. If that happens … I’m not sure that we’ll have another election for a long time. There’s so much at stake, and yet the nation is so divided that it’s damn near impossible to compromise on anything.

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  3. As much as I might like to, I’m not buying most of what Reich says. For one thing, Warren and Sanders may “have most of the grassroots energy in the 2020 campaign”….but is their combined grassroots (far left) energy greater than the grassroots (far right) energy supporting Trump — and even more importantly, is their greater than Trump’s support in THE STATES THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE NEEDS TO WIN?

    Don’t forget that Hillary beat Trump by roughly 3,000,000 votes in 2016, but most (if not all) of that margin came from 3 states (California, New York, and Massachusetts) that the Dems are going to win again in 2020, no matter who their candidate is. The question which must be faced without liberal blindness is: which candidate is most likely to carry the so-called purple states which Trump won in 2016 (thereby winning the all-important electoral college).

    I live in Ohio (purple, but trending right in recent years), and I’d bet a snowball that neither Warren nor Sanders has a chance in hell of beating Trump here. The same holds true to a lesser degree in other Midwestern states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, whereas a moderate Democratic ticket of Joe Biden (Pres) and Amy Klobuchar (VP) would more than likely carry the latter 3 states and almost certainly carry Pennsylvania, which Trump won in 2016.

    Lest you think I’m big on Biden, my personal favorite is Mayor Pete…but unfortunately, I don’t think the country (at least, the states between the coasts) is yet ready to elect a gay man President. I appreciate that Biden isn’t as sharp as he was when he was Obama’s VP, but I think he still has enough left in the tank to hold his own with Trump in the eyes of most independent voters in swing states.

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  4. I’m happy with their combination as long as Warren is the POTUS and Sander is VP to take the strain off his health. Their policies have the welfare of the people and the Country in mind and getting big money out of politics. I hope the people choose well.

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    • I agree that they would make an awesome team, and I don’t even care which is Prez and which is Veep. But … I wonder … both are such strong personae and both are highly qualified … do you think either would be content to be the co-pilot? I’m liking Biden a little less these days, so … either of these two would suit me fine.

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  5. I think I tend to be like you. Some of what he says makes sense … and I agree. But there are other parts that I would have to think about. Overall, without a second — or third — reading, I can’t give him a total pass.

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    • The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. It would be grand if the democrats could be more moderate and thus open the door for compromise. It would help more with healing the nation. But, I think Mr. Reich may be right, that there just isn’t the enthusiasm for Biden that there is for either Warren or Sanders. And let’s face it, no matter that there are still 15 in the race, it really boils down to those three.


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