Offer solutions, Democrats
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