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Now, more than ever, San Francisco matters

November 9, 2016

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

In Trump’s America, this city has to be a place where we don’t let the rich and powerful rule everything

Eight years ago, I rode home from Election Night parties on my bicycle and had to stop, over and over, because people were out dancing in the streets to celebrate the election of Barack Obama.

Tonight, it was eerie: The streets were dead, and the people walking around were just shaking their heads. “I’m so depressed,” one person I role with for a while said. “I don’t know what to do.”

It’s really, really scary: The leader of the free world, it appears, is someone who doesn’t believe climate change is real, wants to deport more than 10 million people, thinks it’s okay to use nuclear weapons, and brags about sexually assaulting women.

And he’s got a Republican Senate to confirm his appointments to the Supreme Court.

We will have plenty of time to talk about what went wrong, but we can start with a simple statement: The Democratic Party, since the Bill Clinton era, has largely abandoned the working class in this country. For all the good Obama did, he’s made no progress in reducing the wealth gap. He hasn’t even talked much about it.

Bernie Sanders did, and he appealed to some of those millions of voters who were for Obama in 2008 and 2012 but were for Trump in 2016. Hillary Clinton did not.

So now, as Markos at DailyKos points out, “there’s no way to sugarcoat this. We’re in for a world of shit.”

But the Democratic Party is now going to have to change, profoundly, and even Markos, who was a strong Hillary person from the start of this election, is now saying: Bernie Sanders for DNC Chair… (more)


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