Of­fer so­lu­tions, Democrats

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

I wanted to cry read­ing E.J. Dionne Jr.’s Feb. 23 op-ed, “Can Democrats har­ness the grass-roots up­ris­ing?” It seemed to say don’t panic, all we need to win is a bit more turnout from the base, fewer de­fec­tions from work­ing-class whites and a few more votes from up­scale whites. How tone-deaf.

Elites are find­ing out all over the de­vel­oped world that a true pop­ulist up­ris­ing is hap­pen­ing. There are le­git­i­mate rea­sons, as the work­ing class is buf­feted by the ef­fects of tech­nol­ogy and glob­al­iza­tion on their lives and fu­tures for them­selves and for their chil­dren. Com­pound­ing these is­sues is the fact that their neigh­bor­hoods and coun­tries are be­com­ing less white and more brown and black. Putting “Amer­ica First,” re­strict­ing im­mi­gra­tion and ex­pelling un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants is cer­tainly not the an­swer.

What we need is more train­ing, in­come sup­port for those who need it, New Deal-type pro­grams (fix our in­fra­struc­ture), bet­ter vo­ca­tional and aca­demic schools and more. Where are the pro­grams from the Democrats? Ed­ward Ehren­berg, Sil­ver Spring

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