Why the Working Poor are saying Fuck You to Hillary

working poorWhy Hillary Clinton Nomination May Cost Democrats More Than the Presidency

by Jordan Chariton | 3:46 pm, May 16th, 2016

from Mediaite.com

My major point of pride as a journalist is speaking with actual people whose lives often depend on the decisions political leaders make.

TV news swallows whole the endless plethora of punditry, presenting “strategists” and longtime party officials as possessing the pulse on what’s happening in America.

But I can promise you — Joe Scarborough didn’t visit the village of mobile homes in Elkhart, Indiana that I did recently. Chris Matthews didn’t talk to a family from this community, one of many whose lives were uprooted, and in some cases, destroyed, by the 2008 economic crash torpedoing their hometown; a hometown that at one point held the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment — nearly 20% — of any county in the U.S. during the recession.

One of the women I spoke to is a single mother of two young children, Becky Ruis. Ruis, 34, lived in a home before the 2008 crash sucked the life out of Elkhart. As a result, she was forced to move into a mobile home. Eight years later, she’s making $10,000 less than she did at the beginning of the recession. In a good month, she’ll have $150 dollars left over for discretionary funds. In stormier times, decisions like medicine versus food must be made.

Her parents, homeowners of 25 years, were also evicted from their homes after her father, the sole provider of his household that includes a disabled wife, became one of the millions to lose their jobs thanks to the Murderers’ Row of Social Darwinists on Wall Street.

You think Paul Begala, longtime friend of the Clintons and CNN pundit, has Ruis and families like hers in mind when he pleads for supporters of Bernie Sanders to fold up the tent and “unify” with the candidate — and political party — whose political oxygen has, in large part, long derived from those same bankers?

But, we must defeat Donald Trump, the Begala’s of the growing media-meritocracy scream.

Covering the 2016 campaign for months all over the country, and actually reporting people’s stories rather than the horse race, I can confidently report to the pundit class and Democratic establishment:

Becky Ruis, and Sanders supporters like her, doesn’t give a fig about helping Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump.

Why would they — what has the Democratic Party asking for her vote done for her and her family?

Jail bankers responsible for her plight? No.

Respond to an epic financial disaster — similar in scale to the Great Depression— and reinstate Glass-Steagall and take the keys to the car away from Wall Street? Nope.

With a Democratic President and Democratic House and Senate, bailout the millions of displaced homeowners and laid off workers with direct financial relief, or expand special government-funded jobs, like rebuilding our roads and bridges?

A bailout happened: for bankers, who responded by showering themselves with millions in bonuses.

Create special job programs for minority communities with ungodly unemployment rates? Infuse low-income communities with free educational programs, like say public college?

Ha!

For all of this, the Democratic Party — and Hillary Clinton — have an answer for liberals who’ve revolted against them:

Change doesn’t come overnight. Change often comes in small “increments.” Politics is the art of the “compromise.” It’s great to want revolution — but politics is about pragmatism.

Change. Incrementalism. Pragmatism.

Buzzwords that have allowed income inequality, aka the systematic redistribution of money from the middle class to the already-doing-fine class, to explode over the last 35 years.

Supporters of Senator Sanders support him because they are smart enough — and angry enough — to see past these platitudes that sound wonderful in theory, but have in practice done nothing to raise their wages or offer a payoff to the endless hours they work just to provide their children with a shot to have the same lives they’ve been able to achieve.

This is what the pundits don’t get when they urge party unity. For the millions of Americans who’ve voted for Sanders, it’s not just about winning an election.

Dramatically changing the trajectory of their lives, and their children’s lives, is the end game.

And millions of them have concluded voting for Hillary Clinton will never bring that to fruition. So they won’t vote for her. Or candidates like her in the House and Senate. In 2016, 2018, 2020 and beyond.

Sure, the pundits warn of the looming epic disaster of a President Trump. What they can’t grasp — for Becky, and millions like her, they’re already living a quiet disaster.

One where personal growth and fulfillment has long been tossed aside; in its place — never-ending survival mode.

Fortunately for wealthy Democratic lawmakers, survival is something they don’t currently have to worry about.

They can continue to rest on their collective laurels, thinking changing demographics alone will guarantee the party presidential victories.

But, aside from the consistent polls showing Bernie Sanders as the strongest general election candidate to defeat Trump, they might want to rethink a Clinton nomination.

Or fall into survival mode as a party in the years to come.

When the millions of young voters across colors rejecting its brand of neoliberalism, and “pragmatism,” go in a different direction.

Like a revolution.

Jordan Chariton is a Politics Reporter for The Young Turks, covering the presidential campaign trail, where he’s interviewing voters on both sides along with candidates. Follow him @JordanChariton and watch videos at YouTube.com/tytpolitics

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Why the Working Poor are saying Fuck You to Hillary

  1. Looking for the part that makes an actual, empirical case that “the Working Poor are saying Fuck You to Hillary.”

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  3. This article ignores the fact that a Repug congress blocked much of what needed to be done. A Dem president alone can’t do it all. Particularly this statement is false: “With a Democratic President and Democratic House and Senate, bailout the millions of displaced homeowners and laid off workers with direct financial relief, or expand special government-funded jobs, like rebuilding our roads and bridges?” It’s false because the so-called “Dem House and Senate” never really was. Because of the awful filibustering practices in the Senate, we never really had a Dem Senate that could pass anything. Yes, for a brief time we had 60 so-called “Dem” senators, but a few of them were “Blue-dog” Dems — Dems in name only. They joined the Repug filibusters.

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    • 110th United States Congress
      Members: 100 Senators 435 Representatives 5 Non-voting members
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    • President Obama had a 60-Vote Filibuster Proof Majority in the Senate (59 Dems plus Bernie Sanders) for SIX MONTHS IN JULY 2009 TO FEB 2010. That is despite the Republican/ Faux News LIE that it was for TWO YEARS. Republicans think 2 years is more than enough time to get things done and so Republicans used the Filibuster at least 330 times under Obama, an obscene number of times.

      Many Americans think Donald Trump will blow up the Senate and stop the gridlock. But the Senate Majority Leader first has to grow a pair of BALLS and have the courage to do away with the Filibuster Jan 3rd, 2017. (The Filibuster is not in the Constitution, only in the Senate Rules, which can only be changed at the start of a new Congress.)

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  4. Excellent post. I am working poor, in ‘survival mode’, and for years I’ve spent my free time reading, instead of spending money I don’t have on bullshit mindless entertainment. There is a tendency to assume working poor are unintelligent, inarticulate, or uneducated. And that THESE shortcomings are the cause of our problems. Not so. Thanks to the internet and libraries, I guarantee that many of us are far more educated than the vultures digesting the nutrients out of a system they have spent years cooking. My point is this. We are powerless not because of internal shortcomings, but because power is not available to us. The political system has devolved, ‘incrementalism’ is a pacification tool, and we are waking up to this. Great blog, happy to see you fighting for animals, and you have gained a new follower for speaking truth.

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    • Donnie:
      I can understand that, since I last spent money in a movie theater in 2009 And the last Baseball Game I attended was back in 1964. But I really do not miss Movie Theaters and Ball Parks. I watch movies on Youtube.

      I have spent a lot of time writing and one day may even publish articles like:
      DONALD TRUMP: CURRENCY WARRIOR AND DEMAGOGUE

      THE FIRST TRUMP TOWER: A METAPHOR FOR THE ECONOMY

      EXCESS RESERVES: TELL ME AGAIN — EXACTLY WHEN DO THEY BECOME “EXCESSIVE” (WHEN THEY ARE 20 PERCENT OF GDP? (THEY ARE ONLY 14.4% OF GDP NOW) )

      THE ARROGANCE OF MAN: JEB BUSH, SARAH PALIN, JAMES INHOFE, GOD AND GLOBAL WARMING.

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