How different is creating a 'Basket of Deplorables' from building a wall?
When Hillary Clinton spoke to the mega-donors (her preferred audience), she suggested dumping nearly 30 million people into a basket – undeniably a trash basket – due to their misfortunes, ignorance and vulnerabilities. So Donald Trump would deport 11 million and Hillary would put 30 million into a virtual trash can.
While Trump’s racist and xenophobic positions are deplorable, the 60+ million who are following him are not – they are without hope and often without the means to obtain the types of education that has been bestowed upon the Clintons. It is the Clinton administration that removed the safety net from those who can’t afford homes in the Hampton’s, nor the wherewithal, any longer, to afford education for their children – education that would make them less pliable to the manipulation of the Trumps of the world.
The Obama administration has done nothing to assist with the economic deprivation and loss of social status that the majority of people are experiencing today. In the DNC’s neoliberal pursuit of identity politics – that women are good for women, and Blacks are good for Blacks – they have silenced the crtique of the mainstream media and frozen progressives in their tracks for the past 8 years. If Obama had put even 1/10th the effort into improving the lives of everyday people that he did to rescuing the big banks, Trump wouldn’t have such fertile grounds for playing upon the fears and extreme vulnerabilities of everyday people – who, my friends, are as much a part of the 99% as those of us on the left. Do not go gentle into that good night!
I grew up near Pittsburgh. Now taking a drive up and down the Allegheny or Monongahela Rivers takes one through one small ex-steel mill town after another. These communities have been decimated by the export of the steel industry – a conscious decision taken in the early 70’s by the captains of industry who had grown weary of the power of labor unions. The loss of hope that one’s children can lead better lives has inflamed racial tensions, increased drug use and led to intra-community violence… and to Trump. These conditions could not have developed back when people had jobs, food for their children, and a basis for hope. Is it any wonder that Obama’s fastidiousness in releasing drug dealers has further alienated people whose children have been consumed by the epidemic of drugs and associated violence in communities that no longer can see clearly to tomorrow? (Pun intended, HRC. What a distant irony “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow” is today.)
Trump is merely sowing the seeds of overt racism and fascism on the fertile fields of neoliberalism that the Clintons and Obamas have plowed for him. The fact that huge numbers of communities no longer have hope for themselves and their children has been whipped into a frenzy of blaming the other – the Mexicans, the Hispanics, the Muslims.
Yet talk of putting people into a Basket of Deplorables is dangerously close to that same Fascist approach. How far is casting millions into a virtual Basket of Deplorables from being led to one’s death -- for daring to resist the dominance of the wealthiest 1%? How far is bringing the super-predators “to heel” from deporting undesirables? How distant is returning children without parents to Honduras (to teach them a lesson) to the xenophobic call to bolster our borders?
It is not accidental that Mitt Romney’s characterization of the 47% as ‘takers’ was his plea for donations from the wealthiest, as he pandered to their own entitlement & class dominance. It is also not a coincidence that Hillary was speaking to the wealthy and the powerful when she planted her image of the Basket of Deplorables – the better to assure her donors of their own innate superiority.
First Hillary and the DNC ruthlessly tossed all of Bernie’s supporters into their Basket of Deplorables. We were removed from the voting roles, ballots were destroyed and our voices were silenced, as the DNC collaborated with the bankers in upholding their promise to crown Queen Hillary. So this latest volley is just a continuation of same. Women are good for women – that is if they are of the right class and have sufficient education not to join that ignorant rabble who fall for Donald Trump!
Well the people don’t want Hillary and her supposed support and protection from the 1%. The people want change, and they have approached that necessity both from the right and the left during this election. After the DNC’s silencing of the left – who were never trying to build change on the backs of those of other races and religions – now Hillary will place the Right populist movement into a virtual trash can – a trash can that would have to be much larger than the wall that Trump wants to build. You can visit Belsen or Auschwitz if you want to see trash cans that large.
If we continue to segregate those who are different and who have raised their heads in resistance, soon we will have built a mighty fortress around the 1% and their lackeys. And, if the left continues to accept this stuffing and fails to organize in the face of these threats and overt calls for suppression, then the rest of us will also find ourselves contained, suffocated and silenced.