What it means that Democrats chose Pelosi as House speaker again

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Ray Jenk­ins, Mark Sim­mons,

“Dems still aren’t get­ting mes­sage,” Dec. 6 ed­i­to­rial.

I do not be­lieve the Demo­cratic Party will ever get the mes­sage, be­cause they are not even try­ing to un­der­stand the peo­ple who have elected Repub­li­can gov­er­nors, state leg­is­la­tors and Don­ald Trump. Re­elect­ing Nancy Pelosi as House speaker is a strong in­di­ca­tor of this lack of un­der­stand­ing.

Democrats should read two books: “Lis­ten, Lib­eral” by Thomas Frank and “Strangers in Their Own Land” by Ar­lie Rus­sell Hochschild.

Frank stresses that the Demo­cratic Party has be­come a party of elites who have no use for those who have not grad­u­ated from a top Ivy League univer­sity and been suc­cess­ful in their ca­reers. He ex­plains how the Demo­cratic Party has ig­nored the la­bor unions for this and other rea­sons.

Hochschild looks at why peo­ple sup­port the Tea Party and Trump. These vot­ers have been blocked in their goal of gain­ing the Amer­i­can Dream by ac­tions of the gov­ern­ment. She spent five years in the Lake Charles, La., area lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple. BBB Your ed­i­to­rial is way off the mark. We Democrats got the mes­sage loud and clear. The new ad­min­is­tra­tion got elected on lies and anger. They and the Repub­li­can-con­trolled Congress are go­ing to wreak havoc on our con­sti­tu­tional rights, on pub­lic schools, and on the rights of women and mi­nori­ties. They will work to fin­ish the de­struc­tion of the mid­dle class. We’ll likely end up with the world’s largest oli­garchy, one ruled by a dem­a­gogue who flouts the law and com­mon de­cency. We must re­sist. It’s the pa­tri­otic thing to do. Nancy Pelosi and the pro­gres­sives know this. We’re count­ing on them.

KUSA an­chor Adele Arakawa’s last day on 9News will be June 30, 2017. Den­ver

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