Thursday, January 04, 2018

It's Only January 3rd and in Washington....

There's a helluva shit-storm happening in and around the White House these days. I continue to be amazed at how the Conservative/Republican base rallies around a crazy man in the White House.

Well, given the new book by Michael Wolff "Fire and Fury" it seems that Drumpf is really as crazy, paranoid and senile as we all thought.

I was asked this morning what can we do in practical terms to make social change in the immediate future. I responded with this--

As a sociologist, I can fully see lots of things we must be doing. (Indeed, there is so many empirical findings for the last 20-30 years on how to help bridge social, political and economic gaps that it would make your head swim). But, whether our society has the will to do it (to implement strong, empirically based social change policy) is quite another thing.

But, this is a systemic issue and will take decades to repair. In my honest opinion, we need to first put people in office who have a progressive worldview. I'm talking about at the local school board level. We need to nurture new leadership for the future (see Julian Castro's "Opportunity First" initiative).

Second, we need to mobilize and vote in the next elections (again, at the street level and on up). There were a number of factors that led to the 2016 debacle, but complacency and lace of real get-out-the-vote efforts would be my strongest observations. The recent Alabama Senate election is an indicator of what can take place when you fully mobilize oppressed communities in the election process. We need to harness our anger and mobilize the vote. We need the "Tsunami" electoral effect to take place in 2018 and beyond.

Finally, we need to find a way to get Drumpf out of office before 2020. A Democrat controlled Congress will impeach him. Otherwise, we need to wait until 2020.

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