PHOTO: Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the Women’s March on Washington Jan. 21, 2017 From: ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/womens-march-heads-washington-day-trumps-inauguration/story?id=44936042
Women and their friends joined in a massive world wide protest against Trump and the conservative agenda This has been called the largest protest in the world since the Protests just before the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. The question is why are these protests so ineffectual? The the anti war protests didn’t do a thing to help stop the invasion of Iraq and this protest, which should have been before the meeting of the electoral college will be equally ineffectual unless there is organizing done on a grass roots level to gain control of Congress in the next election. We need strong feminist/socialist candidates. The days of simply switching from Republican to Democrat is over. We need real solutions from people committed to changing from the parties of the plutocrats and their friends with a progressive agenda. Ceding the field to the right wing populists with their racist neo-fascist rhetoric will not help the left gain any legitimacy. The failure of the traditional socialists in France and elsewhere means we need real grass roots movements led by the intelligent members of the progressive labor, environmental, feminist and civil society concerned with immigrant rights, social justice, and the expression of the truth in the media. This has to be more than the usual suspects. it has to be truly based in the same groundswell that motivated millions to come out and protest on Saturday January 21st.
A woman holds a sign during the women’s march rally in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP).
Trump is the least popular president to be elected in recent history. Yet his party controls all the major divisions of the Federal Government. This is because the outrage of the average person, those who benefit most from social programs and government that works for the people and not the corporations and special interests, are not active politically. They complain and then go back to their lives. This is because the United States was deliberately formed so that popular rule would be limited to the greatest degree possible. The Constitution was designed by Rich White men to protect their rights. If there is to be progress it takes concerted effort on the part of the people who want to assert their rights as citizens of this Republic. It is not a Democracy, it is a Republic in which representatives have the power. Time for the people to decide or we will end up with demagogues, and then you have to hope you can influence the party of the rich, who may deign to throw a few crumbs.
“Plutocracy Triumphant” by Michael Dal Cerro. From: http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2016/02/trump-supporters-worshipping-plutocracy.html