Happy New Year!
“You can fool some of the people all of the time…”
1. The Women’s March last January launched a pushback against Trump
that has been ferocious, enduring and future looking.
2. Millennials don’t connect with Trump or the Republican far right agenda.
3. Trump’s rise is closely linked to racial resentment and fear of demographic change. People of color have gotten the message and will turn out big for the Resistance.
4. Small, phased-out tax cuts for some families will amount to much ado about almost nothing. The mega payoff in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for big business and the wealthy won’t wear well. Trump’s attempt to rebrand the economic recovery as his own will fail.
5. Republicans are freakishly out of touch with the reality of climate change, especially given the quickening pace of floods, fires and other catastrophic events.
6. Voters will wise up to the fact that Trump’s foreign policy is built on bluff and bravado, masking dangerous incoherence.
7. The young are checking out of evangelical Christian churches and rejecting their far right wing political schemes. Jen Hatmaker and people like her are calling out the old, white male power structure while eroding Trump’s base.
8. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is very rich, seriously out of touch and incompetent. Republicans have no education plan beyond advancing the interests of religious and private schools which serve a tiny minority of students. Republicans also have no plan for addressing the cost of higher education which is a primary driver of growing economic inequality.
9. Obamacare is better than what Republicans propose, which is nothing.
10. Republican efforts to discredit Robert Mueller’s inquiry reflect the threat it poses to the Trump presidency. Danger lurks as the investigation proceeds.
Frank C. Pierson, Jr.
Frank Pierson retired after forty years of work with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) as a professional organizer. He began his career in 1971 in Chicago, moved to Queens, New York City and migrated west to work in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado. He resides with his wife, Mary Ellen Kazda, in Oracle, Arizona. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org