Overtures to Trump Voters
Pramila Jayapal says: “We have to pay attention to why more than 74 million people voted for Trump’s re-election.” [“Biden’s First 100 Days: Congress,” Jan. 11/18]. Trump backed huge tax cuts for the rich, tried to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, denied the existence of climate change, appointed three very conservative Supreme Court justices, brutally despised the Black Lives Matter movement, and brought white supremacy back into the political arena Mainstream. His presidency was a rejection of practically all of the values that Representative Jayapal advocates. Democrats must face the fact that a progressive agenda pays no attention to Trump voters. We shouldn’t give them overtures at all if they’re supposed to be empty.
General surgeon paging
Gregg Gonsalves did not mention in “A New Deal for Public Health” that the US surgeon general was MIA during the entire Covid-19 pandemic [Jan. 11/18]. Once the head of a powerful corps when polio was eradicated, the surgeon general is now apparently a purely symbolic position. We seem to rely mostly on CVS and Walgreens to run the massive vaccination program we need right now.
Post Progressive Help?
I find Joanna Wuest’s article on mutual aid puzzling, yet illustrative [“Mutual Aid Can’t Do It Alone,” Dec. 28, 2020/Jan. 4, 2021]. It is a mystery because I have always seen progressive government as an expression of mutual help. In the United States, we had progressive government for only a few decades, perhaps from Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. In the meantime, we must do for ourselves. The suggestion that the time you spend helping your neighbors should be better spent lobbying for more progressive government goes against lived experience.
See the work
On “Now the real work begins” by Jane McAlevey [Nov. 30/Dec. 7, 2020]: While I wholeheartedly agree with the article on the need for a radical transformation of the Democratic Party, the title and cover picture of Rosie the Riveter, the icon who worked in an arms factory, locks up all the work women have done forever – raising children who take care of people’s everyday needs and take care of the sick – which has now resulted in the same women killing Covid-19 many lives.
I will really miss Eric Alterman’s column [“The Liberal Media,” Jan. 11/18]. I am a long time subscriber in the UK. His column was the first I read to get the latest news in the US media.